The new single-sort recycling program in Kandiyohi County, run by West Central Sanitation, could still start early, by the middle of August. The sanitation company plans to begin delivery of containers to all county households by the end of July. West Central Sanitation owner Don Williamson updated the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners on the status of the new single-sort recycling program his company will be running for the county. “We are committed to Sept. 1, we are trying to deliver early,” Williamson said.

The 95-gallon tubs, which each household in the county will receive, are being manufactured. In the next several days, West Central Sanitation expects them to arrive in Willmar. “I think we have 29 semi loads coming up,” Williamson said. The company hopes to store the 15,000 carts at the county’s closed recycling center in Willmar as it begins the delivery process, which is tentatively scheduled to take place the last two weeks of July. “We are moving fast,” Williamson said.

If nothing unexpected occurs, curbside recycling could start in August, hopefully by the middle of the month. “We are still hoping to deliver early, but there are always things that can fall apart on you,” Williamson said. The county commissioners in May approved the contract with West Central Sanitation to provide single-sort recycling in the county, following the decision to discontinue the county-run, multi-sort program. COVID-19, equipment needs and public input all played a part in the 30-year program’s end. A goal of the new program is to increase community participation in recycling, which in turn will lengthen the life of the landfill.

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Author: Shelby Lindrud, West Central Tribune
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