The Redwood/Renville Regional Solid Waste Authority, along with residents of Redwood and Renville counties, are going to come together and break ground at the site of the new recycling center facility.
The Redwood/Renville Regional Solid Waste Authority, along with residents of Redwood and Renville counties, are going to come together and break ground at the site of the new recycling center facility. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for this Friday, with a brief program starting at 2 p.m., followed by a reception. The new building is going to be erected on ground west of Redwood Falls next to the Redwood County museum. Redwood and Ren-ville counties first provided recycling through contracted services back in 1989. Renville County currently owns and operates the Renville County sanitary landfill, where residents de-posit municipal solid waste, household hazardous wastes and demolition waste.
Independent haulers currently transport municipal solid waste from Redwood County to the Lyon County landfill. In recent years, it became evident both Redwood and Renville counties could benefit from a joint recycling and municipal solid waste facility. In 2012, Redwood and Renville counties joined together and established the Red-wood/Renville Region-al Solid Waste Auth-ority (RRRSWA). The RRRSWA board is made up of two county commissioners from Redwood and Renville counties, a citizen representative appointed from each respective county and an at-large member serving each entity’s best interest. Planning to construct a joint material/recovery facility has been in the works since 2008. More recently, the board recognized an additional need for a solid waste transfer facility. The erection of this facility is going to combine all of these needed services into one facility. “The construction of (a) material recovery facility enables the county residents to recycle more easily,” said Jon Mitchell, director of the Redwood County Environmental Office. “The single stream facility design will allow residents to co-mingle all of their recyclables into one container. We believe this will dramatically in-crease recycling rates in both counties. “These increased profits provide our re-gional partners the op-portunity to bring their materials to our facility, if need be. Additionally, Redwood and Renville county will have better control over the types, amount and the destination of its commodities and at the same time, provide greater flexibility for us to effectively market materials.” The $7 million project is funded, in part, through a grant from the Department of Em-ployment and Econ-omic Development (DEED). Remaining funds for the facility are being divided equally between Redwood and Renville counties. The 39,000 square foot facility is situated on an 11 acre property owned by the RRRSWA board. The regional material recovery facility is going to have approximately 20 employees. There are only a handful of publicly owned conjoined recycling and transfer facilities within Minnesota. The new facility is going to offer unique services including single stream recycling, secure document de-struction, aluminum redemption and a 24- hour accessible recyclables drop-off station. Due to limited parking Aug. 1, the board asks the public to park in the Redwood County High-way Department lot, adjacent to the new facility. Local law enforcement and volunteers are going to direct traffic and monitor parking. A short walk across grass is required to attend the ceremony. For guests who are unable walk, the board asks you notify one of the parking volunteers upon arriving. For more information, call (507) 637-4023.