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Published June 26, 2012, 10:21 PM

Fargo's recycling program expands its efforts

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - After 21-years of success with Fargo's recycling program, it's expanding its efforts to be green.

After 21-years of success with Fargo's recycling program, it's expanding its efforts to be green. Soon, the city will be accepting a much wider variety of recyclable materials.

This recycling facility is just one of 27-drop-sites throughout the city of Fargo that gets plenty of use. And for the last three-years, waste crews have picked up your recycled material from your home at no charge.

Now, you'll be able to put a lot more stuff in those blue bins.

John Brayton – Fargo Recycler: “Well that would help the landfill too, because we've got a lot of garbage.”

John Brayton has been recycling for the past six years...just to make his grandson proud.

John Brayton – Fargo Recycler: “It's good for the economy, it's good for the ecological situation, it's just a good idea.”

He's one of the estimated 60-percent of Fargo households that use its recycling system. Tens of thousands of people will now be able to add to the already 81-thousand tons of recycled material it saves from the landfill.

Starting July 1st, all curbside and drop-site locations will accept plastics labeled 1-7. New items include detergent containers, shampoo bottles, ice cream pails and margarine tubs, but the list doesn't stop there. Accepted cardboard is being upgraded too. Now you can recycle shoe and cereal boxes, chipboard and paperboard.

Brady Brunsvold: “It's a big push from the residents, they want to recycle as much as they can and we want to provide as many streams for that as possible.”

The Recycling Program had a budget of 750-thousand-dollars in 2011, but through its partnership with Minnkota Recycling it also brought in 230-thousand-dollars in revenue through distribution of its collection and with a user rate of more than half, Brunsvold says he's excited about the new possibilities.

Brady Brunsvold: “The main thing is that all that stuff that is getting recycled is keeping it out of the landfill and extending the life of that landfill.”

Brunsvold told me he expects the expansion could result in more routes or even the hiring of more personnel but that there are no plans increase pick up costs or add a charge for recycling.

Again, the new program starts this Sunday.