Mitchell City Council to Fund Construction of New Recycling Facility

By Paul Ploumis

SEATTLE (Recycling Monster): The Mitchell City Council is likely to give approval for a grant to fund the construction of new recycling facility. The proposed multi-million dollar recycling facility is estimated to cost $2.68 million and will be built adjacent to the Mitchell Regional Landfill.

Joe Schroeder, Public Works Director the existing recycling facility, where the recycled items are sorted by crews before they are sent to Millennium Recycling in Sioux Falls, is in poor condition. The proposed grant by the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) would cover almost one-third of the total project cost, he noted.

The City had switched to single-stream recycling, which allowed residents to place paper products, cardboard, plastic bottles and jugs, metal cans and glass jars and bottles together in a bin. It provided residents with larger containers to place their recyclables, in place of smaller bins. The switch was intended to boost recycling participation.

The official statistics published by the City authorities suggest that residential recycling rates witnessed significant improvement post switch. However commercial recycling rates declined. During the first year of operation, the commercial recycling collection by the City dipped by around 600 tons.

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