The blue residential recycling trailers are back in the locations they were previously, as of Friday.
On Wednesday, the Grant County Board of Commissioners agreed to a contract for residential and commercial recycling with Engebretson Sanitary Disposal Service, Inc., the county’s garbage hauler. The amount of contract is for $87,550 for the remainder of the year. Grant County will also pay Stevens County $1,000 a month to use their recycling building, and $60 a ton for processing in Hutchinson.
Although the trailers are back in their familiar spaces, there are some changes. The first major change is that the recyclables no longer need to be separated. All of the recyclables are single sort or they can be commingled in any section of the trailer.
However, the recyclables cannot be placed in plastic bags. They need to be placed into the trailers loosely and not bagged. The exception is shredded paper needs to be placed in a paper bag and stapled shut.
Also, the recycling trailers now accept plastics #1 -#7 (food and beverage), but no automotive product plastic containers.
Engebretson will also be picking up cardboard at businesses on their regular route. This cardboard is being hauled to Pope/Douglas recycling using packer trucks. Pope/Douglas has agreed to take our cardboard, and mix it with their cardboard recyclables to be recycled.
The Clearwater County Board asked the Grant County Board to support a resolution asking Governor Tim Walz to recall the order of March 27, 2020, requiring the “closure of bars, restaurants and other places of public accommodations, allowing the opening of these establishments, who will follow requirements on social distancing, safety, and follow state, local and CDC guidance.”
Commissioner Keith Swanson said he can understand the frustration businesses feel, and added small rural counties have it different than metro counties.
“We practice social distancing just by living out here,” he said, adding that it will be a long, long time before he goes to a Twins game.
Commissioner Troy Johnson said if Grant County supports this resolution, it would be hypocritical of them to not open County buildings, and offices, to the public.
Commissioner Bill LaValley added that we all must give it time and hopefully the pandemic will become more manageable if we keep up with social distancing.
Tina Lindquist, Grant County Emergency Management Director and COVID-19 Committee member, said the committee is working on a three-phase plan on what it will look like when Grant County opens up again.
“Discussions are happening, and we will bring our plan forth once the May 4 ‘Stay at Home’ order is lifted.”
The Commissioners tabled any action on the Clearwater County Board resolution.
County Auditor Karl Lindquist asked for guidance as his office prepares for the 2020 assessments. He said his assessors will be assessing property section by section, and he could either put a timeline in the newspaper or send postcards to property owners informing them that assessors were going to be in the area. He said they will be assessing exteriors of houses and, if there is new construction, he will ask for building plans to assess using those.
The commissioners said they would prefer his office send postcards to property owners, and make sure assessors knock on doors to let property owners know what is going on.