New recycling bins added to parks
Just in time for Earth Day, new recycling/garbage bins have been placed at many city and county parks throughout Douglas County.
Emma Jones of Minnesota GreenCorps, which serves Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management, said the bins have been installed to increase access to recycling for the community. The bins, which are divided into two sides — one for garbage and one for recycling — are to be mostly used for the recycling of cans and bottles.
"When in doubt, though, just throw it out," said Jones, noting that if people aren't sure if it should be recycled, they should just throw it in the trash and it will get taken care of.
Jones conducted waste audits before the bins were placed in the parks and will also do audits afterward to see how much waste is diverted from the waste stream into recycling.
All Alexandria city parks will have the new bins added yet this month, while all county parks should have them by the start of summer.
Currently, the bins can be found at the following locations: Big Ole Central Park; Knute Nelson Ball Park; Fillmore Park; Noonan Park; Alexandria City Park; Curt Felt Memorial Park; Kensington Rune Stone Park; and L'Homme Dieu Beach.