Abuse of the recycling shed program in Pine City, with locations near Chris’ Foods and the Pine City Car Wash, has caused the program to move to a supervised location still pending final approval. Pine County and Pine City have made an agreement to have recyclables brought to the Pine City compost site on the corner of County Road 11 and Interstate 35 during supervised days and hours.
“We have had challenges with the unstaffed recycling sheds,” said Caleb Anderson, Pine County Land and Resources Manager. “We are going to monitor it closely and collect recyclables that we currently collect.”
The pilot project goes through June of 2020, said Anderson, and is expected to run three days per week from noon to 7 p.m. An attendant will be present at the site.
The project still needs approval of an interim use permit by the Pokegama Town Board. However, the Pokegama Township Planning Commission did vote in favor Monday night of recommending Town Board approval, Anderson said in an email.
The service is free of charge, and acceptable materials include: #1 - #7 plastics, aluminum cans, tin cans, clear glass, brown glass, mixed paper (newspaper, magazines, junk mail, phone books, cereal/cracker boxes), office paper and cardboard. The dumping of garbage, refuse and other non-listed materials is prohibited.
“I commend you for all you’ve done, Caleb,” said Commissioner Steve Hallan, of Pine City. “People want to recycle, but they get so disgusted when it’s full of garbage.” Hallan said the location is ideal because of the natural barriers it has to deter garbage dumping.