In our world today the pressure is on to "go green" and recycle as much as possible. But recycling cannot be done if people don't know where to bring the items they want to recycle, or if they don't know what is safe to recycle and not.
Maybe this will help make things a little more clear: Itasca County accepts eight types of recyclables including cardboard, cans, plastic, glass, bottles, jugs, newspaper, office paper, and magazines. All of these items are recycled with no charge. Some other items that are accepted are oil filters and motor oil which are accepted at the Goodland and Bray Lake canister sites and at the County Transfer Station. Antifreeze and car batteries are also accepted at the County Transfer Station.
The recycling materials may be dropped off at: Cub Food parking lot in Grand Rapids from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. on Wednesdays; or the county transfer station in Cohasset; or at one of the county solid waste facilities located in Squaw Lake, Spring Lake, Deer River, Bigfork, Bass Lake, Long Lake, Suomi, Sunrise, Bray Lake, Iron Range, Goodland, Swan River/Sago Area. Also, there are two county/city sites for leaf and grass clippings in Cohasset and Grand Rapids.
Some recyclables do have a fee, such as: appliances and scrap metal - $4 per item. Tires - 15" and under - $2; 16" and over - $7. For the recycling of electronics such as computer monitors and TVs with 9" screens or greater may be dropped off at the Cohasset Transfer Station, Bray Lake Canister site or Spring Lake canister site. TVs and monitors do not have a fee, but all other electronics will be charged a household garbage rate of $2 per 33 gallon bag or equivalent.
Recycling is very simple to do but here is a quick and little "how to." All recycled materials should be kept separated from garbage. The material must be thoroughly drained, rinsed, or washed. When you bring the recycling to a disposal site, empty the recyclables in the proper bins and either throw the containers away or re-use them next time. Very easy and very rewarding.