It's official! The new transfer station is open! Along with a new building, there are new routines that we all have to learn in order to dispose of our waste properly.

One of the new routines will be separating burnable waste from non-burnable waste. The majority of our waste is burnable and will be sent to the waste-to-energy plant in Fosston. Burnable waste includes almost anything that would be found in your bagged household trash, such as packaging, plastic numbered 3 through 7 and wrappers. Any burnable waste can be placed in the regular garbage dumpsters.

A smaller portion of our waste cannot be burned, and its final destination will be the landfill in Crookston. Non-burnable waste refers to bulky items, such as chairs, tables, couches, patio furniture and mattresses. These items are too large and bulky to be processed at the waste-to-energy plant and instead are diverted to the landfill.

Additionally, any household items made of metal, such as old pots and pans, are considered non-burnable waste and should be placed in our metal bin.

Any non-burnable items must be placed in separate dumpsters, which will be labeled in the new express lane.

We still need to be separating any household hazardous waste, electronics, appliances, yard waste, recyclables, construction and demolition materials. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we figure out our new routine at the transfer station.