Now that it's starting to feel a little more like spring, cleaning might be on your mind. According to the Fargo Landfill supervisor, people throw the most things away this time of year, and that could be a problem. He says the landfill is about 85 percent full.
More than 300 loaded trucks dump trash here every day, but the landfill is nearing capacity.
Paul Hanson, Landfill Supervisor says there's a few more years left here, but they are preparing to move across the street to the old land fill. "We are taking in more waste, but the city and the metro is growing pretty fast, and that's one reason we are seeing a lot more waste," says Hanson, "I know for a fact the old landfill will be safer for the environment once we are done with it."
The new site will be cleaner operation but Hanson says anyone can be excited over reducing the amount of trash coming in. "A lot of people think it's easy just to throw it in the truck, out of site, out of mind," says Hanson.
Around 200,000 tons of garbage are dumped here a year. But, on the up side around 30,000 tons of trashes were recycled last year.
"Recycling in very important because we need to reuse and remanufacture," says Mary Aldrich with MinnKota Recycling Services.
While it's nice outside and you are throwing things away for spring cleaning, you might want to think again before you throw something away like this freezer, these things will sit in a landfill for years."
"You know a lot of things that are being thrown away right now, and people don't realize you can recycle are your box boards, which are your cereal boxes, case boxes, and items like that," says Aldrich.
"It's easy to do, we have curbside recycling for the plastics and cardboards and things like that," says Hanson.
And don't forget you can donate things, Hanson says it helps others while reducing trash, and you can even take it off your taxes.
Hanson says he has noticed things that shouldn't be thrown away, like any electronics household chemicals, and basic recyclables. While recycling is not mandated in North Dakota, the city does offer curbside pickup, and there are drop off sites.
More Information on Clean Up Week: http://www.cleanupweek.com/
More Information on Recycling: https://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/SolidWaste/Recycling/Curbsiderecycling.aspx
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