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LET'S TALK TRASH: Carefully sort construction, demolition items for landfill

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A new change is that the scrap metal pile has been moved to the east side of the new transfer station building, next to the used oil and appliance areas. Therefore, the metal pile will no longer be located out back. All scrap metal should be placed in this newly designated area.

Another item deals with contamination at the construction and demolition landfill areas. It is important that residents and contractors do a good job of sorting loads to limit contamination. Make sure you are only putting acceptable items into this area: concrete, bituminous, brick, masonry, glass, untreated wood, rock building parts, plaster building parts, and ceramic bath fixtures.

Common types of contamination include garbage bags, plastic/packaging material, furniture, and green-treated lumber. These items cannot be put into the construction and demolition landfill. They must be brought to the transfer station building.

When you arrive at the transfer station, you must report to the office to have your load inspected prior to going to the demolition landfill areas, including the clean shingle area and clean concrete area. This will go a long way in ensuring that materials being brought in are acceptable and free of contamination and other waste.

If any of your metal items, or construction and demolition material is still in good condition and salvageable, you can bring the materials to the reuse area up in front of the transfer station. This way other people have the opportunity to reuse the materials. You may also bring other items that are in good condition to the reuse area as well.

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding construction and demolition waste and landfills, feel free to call 732-1468 or email solidwaste@co.hubbard.mn.us.

Kalyn Kopacek is Hubbard County’s Minnesota GreenCorps volunteer.

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