Randy Crestik of Cloquet Riverside Recycling announced that the business will no longer accept cardboard recycling in the dumpsters outside of the building.
They officially closed their doors for good in March 2016 for the majority of free recycling drop off.
He cited increasing overhead costs, combined with decreasing market prices for both decisions.
“I tried to wait it out,” Crestik said. “It’s not viable to keep going.”
A mix of residents and businesses dropped off cardboard for recycling at all hours in the three large bins outside the building. Each week, the business collected about 200 cubic yards of cardboard, Crestik said.
Crestik's other business, Cloquet Sanitary Service, will continue to pick up recycling for paying customers along with the garbage service.
Residents can recycle cardboard for free when brought to the Carlton County Transfer Station on Highway 210 in Carlton Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There are several staffed residential recycling centers for residents in Carlton County, according to the county website. However, businesses are not allowed to drop off recycling at the centers or the transfer station.
Staffed recycling centers are located in Barnum behind the fire hall, in Esko next to the town hall, in Carlton on County Highway 1, in Moose Lake next to the Riverside Arena and in Perch Lake next to the town hall. They are open from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Unstaffed recycling centers are located in Blackhoof, Cromwell, Holyoke, Kettle River, Mahtowa and Wright. They are open all year.
This story was updated on Jan. 17 at 8:49 a.m. to clarify that businesses cannot recycle cardboard free of charge at the Carlton County Transfer Station. It was originally posted on Jan. 15 at 11:15 a.m.