The weather is starting to warm up, which means more people are starting to do spring cleaning.

With that, people are starting to visit the transfer stations more frequently. When visiting the transfer stations, please remember to sort your loads to make for a quicker trip and to help lower the congestion going into the transfer stations. This can be done by putting all trash and recyclables in the very back of the vehicle or on top of the load, so they can be emptied quickly and easily in the express lane.

Then yard waste and brush, demolition material, metal, tires and so on should be separated to make it easier to unload.

By sorting and separating items, you can speed up how long it takes you at the transfer station, and avoid congestion during the busy summer months.

To make it even faster in the express lanes, please make sure to pull as far forward as possible to allow for more vehicles behind and to help ease congestion.

When bringing in any used electronics, household hazardous waste (paint, solvents, pesticides, etc), batteries or fluorescent bulbs, please remember to have them separated as they must go in separate areas at the transfer stations. At the south transfer station, there is a drive through in the old recycling building where you can dispose of these items. Please ask an attendant if you are unsure where an item may go.

As a reminder, when you arrive at the transfer station with demolition materials, brush, yard waste or tires, you must report to the office to have your load inspected prior to going to the demolition landfill or brush areas, including the tire area, clean shingle area and clean concrete area. This will go a long way in ensuring that materials being brought into the facility are acceptable and free of contamination and other waste. Always remember to only place acceptable items into demolition landfill to save both time and lessen contamination rates.

If you have any questions or concerns, email solidwaste@co.hubbard.mn.us or call 218-237-1460.

Kalyn Kopacek is Hubbard County’s Minnesota GreenCorps volunteer.