|8/12/2022 11:41:00 AM|
Household Hazardous Waste Facility operations/recycling upgrade
The 20-year-old Household Hazardous Waste Facility in North Branch, that is open to Chisago County residents, is getting a facelift to improve operations. The initial project will increase functionality to the east side of the existing structure/lot. The quantity of recyclables the facility can process will increase in this phase one project.
TKDA engineering an architecture firm has put together a phased pre-design package for warehouse upgrades, a cold storage addition, office improvements and a public recyclables drop-off yard, which is the first phase.
The state Pollution Control Agency awarded Chisago County 2021 grant monies of $251,566 to go towards this.
Drawings for the facility were accepted by the County Board last week. North Branch City Council has also signed off on the conditional use permit and site plan. Bid solicitations will go out as soon as possible with the goal of awarding a project at the County Board meeting early September.
County Environmental Services Director Kurt Schneider told the Press after the meeting the timeframe is to start clearing and mobilize workers immediately after bid award. The close-out date for the work to be completed on the recycling yard is May 2023.
The state is requiring that counties provide at least one public drop-off location for curbside-type recyclables and this North Branch site addresses the law. Located in the North Branch Industrial Park, off Ash Street (intersects with County Road 30 at JJ’s) the facility accepts household quantities of recyclable items and most other items that should not be flushed or poured on the ground, or tossed in the trash; like oil, varnish, paint, stain, chemical cleaning products, etc. It has a re-use section if you are in need of small amounts of a product. Mattresses and tires are not accepted.
Schneider said the hours of operation shouldn’t be impacted as the on site work progresses, and staff will be there to advise any customers on changes.
The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is open to Chisago County residents to dispose of items, on Mondays from noon to 7 p.m. and the last Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or make an appointment 651-213-8922.