are those materials which have either been banned from disposal at landfills/incinerators,
or other outlets are available. The Transfer Station in Crookston is the central
collection point for Polk County. For many items, the ODC Recycling Center in Fosston
provides a central collection point for Eastern Polk County.
Appliances / White
Appliances have been banned
from landfills, and salvage yards are not able to crush and recycle appliances that
have not been processed. Appliances often contain one or more of the following materials:
Collection sites are located at the
Transfer Station in Crookston and the Recycling Center in Fosston. Appliances are
collected at no charge from residents (not businesses) of Polk County during regular
Tires have been banned
from Minnesota landfills due to operational issues related to difficulty achieving
necessary compaction to prevent subsequent settling. Failure to achieve compaction
results in settling, that may create a hazard to landfill staff and may create problems
when landfill closure occurs. Waste tire piles are also preferred breeding habitat
for disease-carrying mosquitoes. At no charge, Polk County will accept up to 8 tires
per month, 24 tires total per year, from Polk County residents (not businesses)
at the Transfer Station in Crookston and the Recycling Center in Fosston during
regular business hours.
Yard Waste / Compost
Yard waste (grass clippings,
leaves, prunings, etc.) have been banned from landfills in Minnesota. Yard waste
is best managed on-site through back yard composting or the use of a mulching lawnmower.
The Polk County Transfer Station in Crookston accepts yard waste from residents.
Outside the Crookston area, check with local municipalities for local programs.
Used Oil / Oil
Used oil and oil filters are banned from landfills in Minnesota. Used oil
is collected at the Transfer Station in Crookston for residents and businesses of
Polk County at no charge. Used oil filters are accepted from Polk County residents
(not businesses) at both the Transfer Station in Crookston and the Recycling Center
in Fosston at no charge. Polk County businesses may bring used oil filters to either
site for a charge. The filters are crushed to separate the oil and metal. The metal
is recycled and the oil is either burned to produce heat in approved incinerators
or refined for further use.
Fluorescent light bulbs
are banned from disposal in Minnesota landfills due to the mercury powder contained
within the glass tubes. Fluorescent light ballasts often contain PCB's, a known
carcinogen. Both fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts are collected for no charge
for Polk County residents (not businesses) at both the Transfer Station in Crookston
and the Recycling Center in Fosston.
Auto / Marine Batteries
Auto and marine batteries
are collected at no charge from residents and businesses of Polk County at both
the Transfer Station in Crookston and the Recycling Center in Fosston. Auto and
marine batteries contain significant quantities of lead and acidic fluids.
Scrap metal (iron, steel, copper, brass, tin and aluminum) are accepted from
Polk County residents and businesses at the Transfer Station in Crookston and the
Incinerator in Fosston (across from the Recycling Center). Scrap metal is consolidated
and shipped to market for recycling.