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New recycling bins added to parks

New recycling garbage bins are being installed at area parks. This one was put in at Big Ole Central Park by Brad Bonk (right), Bill Thoennes and Emma Jones. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)

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.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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