[Audio] Thinking Green: Pine County Moves Forward with Recycling Program

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 at 6:09 am

The Pine County Board and the Phase Recycling program are moving forward with plans to develop recycling sites across the county. Representatives with phase spoke with the board Tuesday and said that the plan to begin the program January first is still on schedule. Commissioners Steve Hallan and Roger Nelson say they are encouraged by the prospective program.

Hear Commissioners Comments:

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Commissioner Doug Carlson asked if Phase is in contact with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe regarding the recycling, and the representatives said they had been, and there appears to be no conflict.

The county currently contracts with a company outside Pine County for $108,000 a year. Hallan says, if effective, this program may be able to entirely eliminate this cost down the road. Phase’s goal is to be self sufficient within a year of implementation.

One of the early parts of the program phase aims at establishisg is called “Message in a Bottle” which places recycling containers at locations such as gas stations and laundromats throughout the County.

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