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Continued: Injuries down, recycling up in Mpls. under new single-sort program

  • Article by: EMMA NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 8, 2014 - 6:17 AM

When they came to particularly narrow alleys, the couple navigated with the truck in reverse, edging their way past rows of garages.

“It’s still a challenge depending on how they plow,” Marge Mollers said.

Some risks for workers remain year-round.

The single-sort trucks compact items in the same way that garbage trucks do. Johnson said workers have to remember to turn their faces away from the truck as a spinning blade moves through, because bits of glass sometimes fly out. Earlier in the week, Mollers said, she found glass in her hair.

And though winter weather is tough, Johnson said, warmer seasons present their own challenges.

“I don’t mind the cold and the snow, but the pouring rain …” he said, and shook his head.

 

Emma Nelson is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment for the Star Tribune.

 



 

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  • The single-sort recycling system in Minneapolis will have its one-year anniversary this summer. So far, city data show that recycling worker injuries have dropped since the system started, saving the city about $250,000 so far this year. Last winter, a dozen workers were injured on the job, compared with one so far this year.

  • City data show that recycling has increased in Minneapolis since the single-sort system started, to 23.3 percent in 2013, up from 17.4 percent in 2012.

  • Jon Mollers, who has been working in recycling for 27 years , wears a high-visibility jacket and earplugs. Eye goggles are optional, and workers are encouraged to wear ice cleats when warranted.

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