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Continued: Dakota County wants organics recycling to pay for itself

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 25, 2013 - 4:03 PM

‘The next challenge’

And starting June 3, it will provide a separate cart for organics recycling free of charge to 150 households in Northfield.

“We didn’t think we would get great participation if we said, ‘By the way, we are going to force this upon you and you need to pay for it,’ ’’ Domack said.

What Dick’s hopes to learn is what volume of garbage organics recycling would take out of the garbage stream headed for landfills.

“From there we have the next challenge, which is to figure out how to motivate people to recycle organics and make a profit,’’ Domack said.

Northfield has an interest in food waste recycling because the city owns a landfill and doesn’t want it to fill up too fast, Domack said. If 30 to 40 percent of what is going to the landfill is food waste, recycling that instead of tossing it in the garbage could considerably slow down the use of the landfill, he said.

“We are just doing this on our own to get a feel for the advantages and disadvantages are of the program,’’ Domack said.

Laurie Blake • 952-746-3287

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