Moorhead recycling drop-off sites experiencing high contamination rates

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The City has four recycling drop-off sites for plastic, aluminum, glass, cardboard, newspaper, magazines and yard waste.
Recycling Contamination
Photo Credit: City of Moorhead
A recycling dumpster for plastic at the Southside drop-off site location that was overflowing with unrecyclable materials, including electronics, toys, and furniture. Due to high contamination, this bin was dumped at the landfill.

MOORHEAD, Minn.–The City of Moorhead is urging residents to be mindful of the materials being dropped off at recycling sites throughout the city.

The City says contamination and illegal dumping at recycling drop-off sites has increased significantly over the past six months which results in the recycling bin being dumped into the landfill instead of being recycled.

The City has four recycling drop-off sites for plastic, aluminum, glass, cardboard, newspaper, magazines and yard waste.

Four of the most common contamination issues seen at the drop-off sites include plastic bags filled with recyclables, large unrecyclable plastic materials, Styrofoam in cardboard boxes and branches in yard waste bins.

Moorhead Public Works Director Steve Moore said, “While the majority of Moorhead residents are great recyclers and contribute to our successful recycling program, there are still users who continue to contaminate the dumpsters and illegally dump garbage and other items. Unfortunately, if the misuse of our recycling sites continues, we will be forced to close these sites.”

Of the four recycling drop-off sites, the Southside location sees the most contamination. On average, dumpsters designated for plastics end up being dumped as garbage one-to-two times a week.



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