Coon Rapids council approves two recycling center project

Two projects at the Coon Rapids Recycling Center have been given the green light by the Coon Rapids City Council.

The council has approved the purchase of an electronic readerboard sign for the center as well as a pallet jack.

There are state funds available for the purchases through the comprehensive waste reduction and recycling legislation passed in 1989 called SCORE, according to Sharon Legg, city finance director.

The state SCORE dollars go to Anoka County which parcels out the money annually to its municipalities through a formula based on population and recycling tonnage goals.

The electronic LED readerboard, which will cost $24,000, will replace the existing manual sign, which has limited wording, Legg said.

“The new board can have varying messages to hopefully increase the tonnage recycled as well as the number of users of the center,” she said.

The pallet jack has a price tag of $3,730, Legg said.

Open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the recycling center is located at the city’s public works garage at 1831 111th Ave. N.W., and is a drop off center for the residents of Coon Rapids and Anoka County only.

According to the recycling center website, its goal is to provide residents with as many recycling resources as possible for alternatives to trash.

There are many special drop-off opportunities during the year including paper shredding, tires, furniture, mattresses, carpet, appliances and electronics and more.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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