County ramps up recycling system with new equipment

Thanks to a $200,000 bargain buy of quality used recycling equipment from Polk County, the Becker County recycling center will be able to sort commodities quicker and more efficiently.

The Becker County recycling center will soon be streamlined with new equipment, thanks to a $200,000 purchase from Polk County. Much of the work now is done by hand. File photo

The Becker County recycling center will soon be streamlined with new equipment, thanks to a $200,000 purchase from Polk County. Much of the work now is done by hand. File photo

The Becker County recycling center opened last June at the transfer station north of Detroit Lakes. File photo

The Becker County recycling center opened last June at the transfer station north of Detroit Lakes. File photo

From twice to four times as fast, to be precise. It will increase the sorting capacity of bottles and cans from one ton per hour to 2-4 tons per hour, and will increase the recovery rate by 18 percent of the materials missed during the sorting process.

"This equipment will allow us to process commodities a lot faster without adding staff," Becker County Environmental Services Administrator Steve Skoog told the county board recently.

Of course, first the county has to get the equipment installed.

While the board voted to go ahead with the $200,000 purchase from Polk County, Becker County commissioners balked at paying another $300,000 to Titus Maintenance and Installation Services to install the equipment.

Becker County Commissioner Larry Knutson said the proposed $300,675 cost of installing the equipment in the Becker County material recovery facility is "outrageous," and Skoog said he will look into the feasibility of having the installation done locally. 

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