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New recycling trailers make Lake County debut

The Lake County Environmental Services department shows of its two new mobile recycling trailers. This one is nicknamed Louise. (Photo submitted)1 / 2
Lake County Environmental Services had fun naming their new mobile recycling trailers. One is named Louise; this one is named Thelma. (Photo submitted)2 / 2

Lake County is about to get a little greener. No, it's not the arrival of spring, but a different arrival.

Lake County Environmental Services announced the arrival of two large, mobile recycling trailer for residents to use. The department was awarded an environmental assistance grant that allowed them to be ordered from Pro-Tainer in Alexandria, Minn.

The project was undertaken by Lake County GreenCorps members last spring following a survey that showed the need for better recycling access.

"Right now, people can of course bring recycling to the center in Two Harbors or have their hauler pick recycling up along with garbage," GreenCorps member Rachel Brodeur said. "But it is limited in that haulers often only pick recycling up once a month and it can be more of a trek from the more rural areas to the center. So we're bringing them better access."

The department has decided to adopt these trailers, and has even named them Thelma and Louise.

"We were thinking of what to call them and one of our co-workers said, 'Can we name them Thelma and Louise?' and of course, we said 'yes,'" Brodeur said.

Thelma and Louise will be seen throughout the county at events as well as at remote drop-off locations that are still to be determined.

To host Thelma or Louise at a public event, visit co.lake.mn.us and fill out the "Trailer Check-Out" form on the Solid Waste department page or email rachel.brodeur@co.lake.mn.us.

The trailers will make their debut in Finland for St. Urho's Day. One trailer will be placed outside of the Clair Nelson Center, while the other will appear in the parade.

No word yet on whether the "ladies" will be dressed up for the occasion in St. Urho's garb.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. 

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