The Lake County Environmental Services department and the City of Two Harbors joined forces Saturday, May 4, to collect recyclable materials from over 250 cars.
"The feedback I heard was that everyone felt it was a huge success," Lake County Environmental Services Director Christine McCarthy said. "I know traffic was an issue, but I thank the police department for sending a few officers to help out."
Traffic was backed up to Minnesota Highway 61 near the drop-off site, behind Kwik Trip, at various times throughout the day. Residents had the opportunity to bring residential recyclables, hazardous waste materials and paper to be shredded for free. For $10 a vehicle, residents could also bring tires, appliances and electronics to be recycled.
"The first truck was filled by 10 a.m. and it was filled with electronics and appliances," McCarthy said. "And that truck included about 5,000 pounds of TVs alone."
McCarthy said recycling trucks were filled up two to three more times that day. Volunteers also stacked up a very large pile of tires to be recycled. About 1,600 pounds of paper was shredded as well.
The recycling day was planned following a recycling survey conducted in 2018 that showed residents wanted more opportunities to recycle. McCarthy said she hopes hosting big recycling events such as the one Saturday will help keep Lake County residents from disposing of items incorrectly.
"Hopefully, this means we won't be pulling as much junk from out of the gravel pits and ditches and the county properties in the next few months," McCarthy said. "I'm fine with hosting another event in the future as I now know what I need to make it easier and better."