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Posted on: July 26, 2019

City Rolls Out New, Easy Single-Sort Recycling Program

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Contact: Jeff Schneider
Deputy Director of Solid Waste
Public Works
651.385.3672


Red Wing Rolls out New Single-Sort Recycling Program


(July 26 2019, Red Wing, Minn.)

Starting September 16, 2019, Red Wing residents will have a faster, easier way to recycle. With the new “single-sort” program, all recyclable items will be placed into one, large cart—no sorting necessary. Recycling will also be collected every other week (not weekly), on the same day of the week residents currently expect at their home or business.

Residents will each receive a new, larger 96-gallon cart sometime between late August and early September to replace the smaller blue bins currently being used. Each new cart has wheels so it can be moved easily and an attached lid to keep recyclables dry and secure.

Recyclable materials will all go into the cart together: glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel cans, food and beverage cartons, paper products including newspapers and flattened cardboard, and empty plastic bottles and containers. (Food and drink containers should be first rinsed briefly to limit contamination.)

Items that are not recyclable include plastic bags, paper towels, pizza boxes, electrical equipment, batteries, and clothing. If these items are tossed into the cart, they can create serious issues at recycling centers and may cause good recycling to be thrown out.

To find specific recycling zones and dates, a list of what can and cannot be recycled, and answers to other questions, residents can visit the city’s website at www.red-wing.org/recycling or contact the City of Red Wing’s Solid Waste Campus at 651.385.3658.

Until September 16, the City requests that everyone continue to sort all recycling as usual.

Grant dollars helped pay for the new carts and additional education and outreach. Funding came from the Recycling Partnership, a nonprofit organization that works with city governments nationwide to transform recycling programs. The City of Red Wing was selected to receive support because of its dedication to advancing recycling in the community—including naming it as a priority in the Red Wing 2040 Community Plan.

“The Partnership is proud to partner with the City of Red Wing on curbside recycling carts in order to expand access to recycling for residents,” says Rob Taylor, Director of Grants and Community Development at The Recycling Partnership. “We are thrilled to offer our support to this exciting project and look forward to our measurement study to help Red Wing know more about how its residents recycle.”

The City of Red Wing is dedicated to the ongoing health and well-being of its residents. With its tradition of growth, stability and innovation, city leadership continues to maintain a proactive approach and a firm commitment to businesses, history, natural resources and, most important, the Red Wing community.

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