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Carlton County Transportation Department receives Governor's MnGreat Award

The Carlton County Transportation Department received the Governor's MnGreat Award in a ceremony at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Air Water and Waste Conference on Feb. 28.

The Carlton County Transportation Department received the Governor's MnGreat Award in a ceremony at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Air Water and Waste Conference on Feb. 28.

The Governor's MnGreat Award program recognizes environmental achievements by government employees. The program, focuses on the prevention of waste and pollution, the reduction of waste at its source, conservation of energy and water, recycling and composting.

The Carlton County Transportation Department demolished a large 1940s-era concrete building. Out of a potential 480 tons, the county sent only 1.5 tons of material to the landfill. To achieve this, each component of the building was examined and removed carefully with the intent to reuse or recycle as much as possible. Doors, windows, lumber and heating components were removed for reuse. The steel roof, re-rod, and trusses were removed and over 30 tons of steel was sold for recycling. Concrete was hauled to a gravel operation to be crushed and used in class 5 gravel road mixture. In the end, the extra time spent sorting material was offset by the dollar amount received for recycled steel and concrete.

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