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Nicholas Mattson, 11, carefully places bottles in the correct barrels at the recycling center at the Carlton County Transfer Station Monday. Jana Peterson/jpeterson@pinejournal.com

It's time to clean-up your act

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Cloquet Minnesota 122 Avenue C 55720

The Carlton County Transfer Station is much more than a temporary home for unwanted garbage. A person could take just about anything he or she didn't want or need to the facility on Highway 210 and either have it disposed of properly or recycled.

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Some items will cost - garbage, old electronics, appliances and tires, for example - and others won't.

Recycling is free.

On Monday, 11-year-old Nicholas Mattson and his siblings were unloading a month's worth of glass, plastic and paper in the recycling shed at the transfer station.

As Nicholas methodically sorted bottles into the correct container, his mother, Tracey Mattson explained that it's really about reusing items and keeping things out of the landfill.

"I always tell the kids about the polar fleece," Tracey said, referring to the fact that the sought-after outdoor clothing textile can be made partially from recycled plastic bottles.

While the Mattson family could be the poster child for taking care of waste responsibly, Cloquet Community Development Director Holly Butcher wouldn't mind if lots of Cloquet residents were inspired by the Wrenshall residents.

As such, Butcher is promoting June 18 through 25 as "Clean-up week in Cloquet."

Clean-up week isn't about picking up litter along Highway 33 - although that would certainly be an acceptable activity - it's more about taking charge of your own waste, or items that are cluttering up your yard and home that you don't really want or need anymore.

Of course, recycling is about more than glass bottles and old newspapers. Many things can be recycled or reused. Quality used clothing can be donated to charity, handed off to a friend or sold at a garage sale. A junk car can be sold to a scrap metal dealer. Used mattresses (as long as they're clean and dry) are ripped to pieces by Goodwill Industries staff, who then sent the bits and pieces to businesses that will reuse them.

Got a can of neon green paint that your teenage daughter no longer needs?

Take it to the transfer station.

Right next to the recycling shed sits the county's "product exchange" shed, which contains an array of liquids - paint, deck wash, wallpaper stripper, automotive supplies, glove softener and more - available for the taking.

"Anything that comes in that's usable, we put on the shelf in here," said Bruce Benson, solid waste and zoning administrator for Carlton County, noting that the shed is open whenever the transfer station is staffed (from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday April through October, with fewer hours on Saturdays during the winter months).

There is no charge to take any of the paints in the shed, nor is there a charge for dropping off old paint and other materials.

It is important, however, that such items be labeled properly so that workers know what it is and how to dispose of it.

The room next to the product exchange is filled with 55-gallon drums, each one filled with a different waste liquid: pesticides, antifreeze, latex paint and more. When they're full, the liquids will be disposed of properly.

"Getting rid of this is all free for households," Benson said.

As part of the clean-up efforts, the Pine Journal is partnering with the city to educate people about how and where to "get rid of stuff," for free or for a fee.

This week we focus on yard waste, food waste, recyclables and material recovery (e.g. paints, etc. that can be reused) and household hazardous waste, such as pesticides, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers and more). Options in Carlton County and Duluth are included, because costs and disposal options vary between the two areas.

YARD WASTE

City of Cloquet Public Works Garage

Phone: (218) 879-7762

Location: 410 Armory Road Cloquet (behind the Hockey Shelter)

Hours:

Monday through Thursday

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. - Noon

Services Offered:

Leaves, grass clippings, and pine needles are accepted free of charge.

Brush Days: the City schedules a spring and fall brush day which is posted on the City website www.ci.cloquet.mn.us. The fee for brush is $5 per level pickup load or $8 per cubic yard.

Carlton County Transfer Station

Phone: (218) 879-9089

Location: 1950 Highway 210 Cloquet (3/4 miles west of I-35)

Hours:

April 1 - October 31: 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday

November 1 - March 31: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday

Services Offered: http://www.co.carlton.mn.us/Departments/Zoning/Zoning_Recycling.htm

Accept grass, leaves, and needles free of charge.

Brush is accepted for a fee. Call or see above website.

WLSSD - YARD WASTE SITE

Phone: (218) 722-3336

Location: 2626 Courtland Street Duluth (27th Avenue West and I-35)

Hours: Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Closed Tuesday through Thursday)

Services Offered:

Accepts yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, small quantities of sod and dirt, Christmas trees) and brush, depending on the size, it may be accepted for a fee. For more information: call or visit the website http://www.wlssd.com/compost_yardwaste.php.

FOOD WASTE and/or COMPOSTING

WLSSD

Phone: (218) 722-3336

Location: 2626 Courtland Street Duluth

Hours:

Summer Hours: Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed Tuesday through Thursday

Winter Hours: Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed Sunday through Wednesday

Services Offered:

WLSSD accepts food scraps at their main office and other drop centers. They also accept used cooking oil. For more information call or visit their website: http://www.wlssd.com/compost_foodwaste.php.

RECYCLABLES & MATERIAL RECOVERY

Cloquet Riverside Recycling

Phone: (218) 879-4332

Location: 1103 Industry Ave., Cloquet

Hours:

Monday and Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Closed Wednesday and Sunday

Services Offered:

Drop off Location - Free of Charge for recycling.

Will buy some items such as aluminum cans, scrap aluminum, copper and brass; lead acid car batteries, etc. Some items they charge to drop off.

Carlton County Transfer Station

Phone: (218) 879-9089

Location: 1950 Highway 210 Cloquet (3/4 miles west of I-35)

Hours:

April 1 - October 31: 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday

November 1 - March 31: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday

Services Offered: http://www.co.carlton.mn.us/Departments/Zoning/Zoning_Recycling.htm

Accept appliances, electronics, and tires for a fee. Call or see above website.

Other Carlton County Recycling Shed Locations. Call or see above website.

WLSSD Material Recovery Center

Phone: (218) 722-3336

Location: 4857 Ridgeview Road, Duluth

Hours:

Summer Hours: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Closed Sunday)

Winter Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Closed Monday and Sunday)

Services Offered: http://www.wlssd.com/garbage_mrc.php

Free of charge for recycling.

Drop for a fee, electronics, mattresses, appliances, and other salvageable items such as furniture and bicycles. Pick up any two such salvageable items free of charge on Saturdays only.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

Carlton County Transfer Station

Phone: (218) 879-9089

Location: 1950 Highway 210 Cloquet (3/4 miles west of I-35)

Hours:

Mid-May - Mid-October: Tuesdays and Saturdays

8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Services Offered: http://www.co.carlton.mn.us/Departments/Zoning/Zoning_Recycling.htm

The facility accepts latex paint, oil base paint, solvents, thinners, herbicides, pesticides, fluorescent lamps, rechargeable batteries, old gasoline and other products with poisonous, flammable or corrosive listed on the label.

They also have a reuse area for a variety of products that can be recovered and reused.

No business hazardous waste.

WLSSD Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Phone: (218) 722-3336

Location: 2626 Courtland Street Duluth, MN 55806

Hours: Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Services Offered: http://www.wlssd.com/garbage_hw.php

Toxic substances, paints, and other material such as rechargeable batteries, medical sharps and fluorescent bulbs of all types also cannot be placed in the garbage and must be

managed properly.

They also have a reuse area for a variety of products that can be recovered and reused.

WLSSD has a Clean Shop program for businesses. For more information: http://www.wlssd.com/garbage_hw_business.php.

GARBAGE AND RECYCLING HAULERS

A-1 Disposal: 729-6130

Cloquet Sanitary Service: 879-3723

Waste Management: 624-7838

Nordic Waste Services Inc.: 625-0909

Heikes Garbage Inc.: 590-5764

North State Services: 879-4116

Didn't get your waste questions answered this week?

Look in next week's Pine Journal for more information on getting rid of your stuff responsibly.

Can't wait? Check out the city of Cloquet's website at www.ci.cloquet.mn.us and click on "Clean-up week."

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