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LET'S TALK TRASH: Hubbard County transfer station sets up special spot for deer remains

New this fall is a separate dumpster to dispose of deer carcasses at the transfer station in Park Rapids.

The dumpster has a big sign on it and is located next to the new transfer station building. You will see it on the left side of the pavement as you approach the express lane doors.

Deer carcasses cannot go in the bagged garbage containers. Placing them in the new dumpster will help us in sorting and transporting them to the correct facility.

The organics program in Hubbard County is continuing to grow. There are currently over 300 residents who have registered for the program, and more businesses are joining.

Residents who are a part of the program can drop off their organics in the designated organics collection site, located on the east side of the new south transfer station.

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Items that are accepted include food waste (fruit, vegetables, bones, dairy, eggs, meat, etc.), food-soiled paper (napkins, paper towels, shredded paper, coffee filters, etc.), houseplant trimmings, dead flowers, hair and nail clippings, wooden chopsticks, popsicle sticks and toothpicks.

Make sure to bring your organics in either a certified, compostable bag that you can pick up at the transfer station or in a reusable container. If you are unsure whether an item is compostable or not, visit co.hubbard.mn.us/waste.

Commercial, year-round organics programs are located at the Century School and CHI St. Joseph’s Health. St. Joseph’s diverted 1,120 pounds of organics during its last collection.

There are also two seasonal organics programs. These were located at the Camp Wilderness Boy Scout Camp and Companeros in Dorset.

Over the summer, Camp Wilderness diverted over 5,000 pounds of organics from the landfill; Compenaros diverted over 7,000 pounds. There are also a few smaller organizations/companies that are signed up and bring their compostable material to the transfer station.

From April to October, 22,240 pounds of compostable material was diverted from the incinerator and the landfill. Instead, it was sent to a Source Separated Organics Management facility in Polk County.

If you are a resident or business that is looking into composting your organics, you can register online at co.hubbard.mn.us. If you have any questions or concerns, email solidwaste@co.hubbard.mn.us or by calling 237-1460.

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