At today’s meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, it was announced that starting Thursday, May 7, the Wright County Compost & Recycling Facility will re-open with a self-service drive-through and drop off for hazardous materials and recycling.
Commissioner Darek Vetsch said he has heard from several residents that have been forced to stay at home that have done extensive spring cleaning and yard maintenance that have been requesting the chance to drop off yard waste and brush at the facility.
“Regardless of how the governor moves on his (stay at home) order, I would like to request that the compost facility be opened up starting next week at the nearest available date,” Vetsch said. “I know they tried doing it by appointment, but people that are dropping off brush, it can be done in a manner that minimizes contact with individuals. I feel it’s very safe. I’ve had a number of requests from people that have been cleaning up their yards that need to remove the brush, as well as some of the townships that have brush they need to deal with.”
Commissioner Mike Potter agreed with Vetsch’s comment, adding that county staff is all too familiar with how some people dispose of old appliances – driving out to a remote township location and dumping them off the side of a road.
“If we don’t open, what you’re going to do is encourage people to throw their stuff in a ditch and that’s going to cost us more money to have our staff picking it up,” Potter said. “The people just dropping off brush don’t contact anybody and, with appliances, most usually drop it off, give them their check and off they go. I think you could open that up just fine and it would help save us money down the road on staffing.”
There will be some ground rules that will apply to reopening, including:
The facility will be open Thursdays only from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Appointments are required for hazardous material drop-off. Appointments can be made by calling (763) 682-7338 or filling out an appointment application on the facility’s web page http://www.co.wright.mn.us/162/Compost-Recycling-Facility
Customers will need to unload items themselves and are encouraged to bring help with them if they have heavy items to dispose of.
Exact change will be required in the form of cash or check. People are urged to check the fee schedule on the facility’s web page on the county’s website (http://www.co.wright.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/7394/Materials-and-Fees-2?bidId=)
To prevent traffic delays, all hazardous and recycling materials must be presorted prior to arriving on site.
Only homeowner yard waste and brush will be accepted. The facility will no longer be accepting waste from contractors of businesses.