The Coon Rapids Recycling Center will be increasing its hours of operation in the new year.
Effective Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, the recycling center will be open five days a week.
Currently, the center is only open two days a week – Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Under the new, expanded hours, the center will be open for recyclables November through March on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hours change, but not the days, from April through October – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-8 p.m. and Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The center will be closed Sundays and Mondays.
Increased state funding through the SCORE (Select Committee on Recycling and Environment) program has enabled the city to increase the hours of operation at the recycling center, according to Colleen Sinclair, city recycling coordinator.
Those state dollars are allocated to the city by Anoka County through a recycling contract approved by the Anoka County Board and the Coon Rapids City Council each year.
“The new, expanded hours will make it more convenient for Coon Rapids residents and others in the county to use our recycling center,” Sinclair said.
Staffing at the center will increase to handle the extra hours, both through volunteers and a contract the recycling center has with a company named Green View, she said.
“We accept a wide range of materials at the recycling center,” Sinclair said.
This is includes a new organic food waste recycling program.
It has been a pilot project at the recycling center since September and now it is being offered to all Coon Rapids residents, according to Sinclair.
“The program has been very well received,” Sinclair said.
Recyclable organic food waste includes kitchen scraps, discarded leftovers, spoiled food and some paper products.
This will reduce the waste that is placed at the curb, save money and is good for the environment, Sinclair said.
Starter kits for Coon Rapids residents at no cost in limited amounts are available at the recycling center, she said.
Each kit has a free food composting bucket and one roll each of approved composting bags (three- and 13-gallon), a $55 value, Sinclair said.
Other recyclables accepted at the recycling center include antifreeze, appliances, batteries, bicycles, boxboard, cartons, carpet, child car seats, cardboard, CDs and DVDs, Christmas lights, electronics, oil filters, fire extinguishers, fluorescent bulbs, glass containers, hard cover books, mattresses and box springs, newspapers, plastic bags, plastic, Styrofoam, scrap metal and tires.
Appliance and electronics recycling is available every Saturday at the recycling center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In addition, Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the recycling center will have mattress recycling and paper shredding.
The Coon Rapids Recycling Center is located at 1831 111th Ave. NW in the City Garage facility.
Call 763-767-6485 or go online to www.coonrapidsmn.gov/recycling for more information.
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