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After they arrive at Pope Douglas Solid Waste in Alexandria, recyclables like aluminum, tin and cardboard are sent to St. Paul where the items are recycled into the same materials for reuse. (Echo Press photo by Amy Chaffins)

You Asked: What happens to your recyclables?

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After recycled goods leave your curb, where do they go? An Echo Press reader asked, so we went to Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM) to find out.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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