Washington County will sponsor special one-day household hazardous waste collections throughout the County, at no cost. Nearby collections are scheduled at the Hugo Public Works Building on April 21st from 8 a.m. to noon, and at the Forest Lake Transit Center (enter at Headwaters Parkway) on June 2nd from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. See the County website for more information.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and More
Many of you know about the three R’s and how important they are to reduce waste, but there are more R’s to add to your routine: Refuse what you do not need by bringing a reusable shopping bag with you to cut down on plastic bags that may end up in the trash. What else can you refuse? Remove yourself from junk mail lists to cut down on paper and use a refillable water bottle instead of using plastic bottles. Repair items when things become worn or stop working to keep them functioning longer. This way, you will have other options like donation or resale, instead of adding them to the waste stream. Bring your items to county fix-it clinics for help or use online repair resources. By refusing and repairing, you make it much easier to reduce items you don’t need and reuse items you already have. Always look for more ways to reduce and keep working to create less waste and make sure your items are recycled as much as possible. Find more recycling information on the City’s website.
City-wide Clean-up Week is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, through Saturday, May 5, at the SRC/Forest Lake Sanitation site in Wyoming, MN. Residents may drop off rubbish items not taken by their regular trash hauler, such as appliances, tires, furniture, mattresses, scrap metal and wood at the SRC facility located at 6320 East Viking Boulevard, Wyoming, MN. During this week, Scandia residents will receive a 20% discount off regular collection prices. Be prepared to show proof of residency such as a driver’s license. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., M—F. Please call SRC at 651.464.2321 for more information. A pricing schedule is posted on the City’s website.