Your Green Life: "Green and Clean Landfill"

By KBJR News 1

July 19, 2012 Updated Jul 19, 2012 at 8:35 AM CDT

Cloquet, MN
Most landfills have heaping piles of garbage full of potential recyclable material.
But the SKB Shamrock Landfill looks like this because they take the time to remove recyclable material.

"You know typically landfills are not known for their recycling characteristic, which is why SKB Shamrock landfill really sets its self apart. We do recycle anything we can to keep it out of the landfill is our goal, and obviously reduce, reuse and recycle, we live by that." said Steve Opstad, the Industrial Account Manager at SKB.

The Shamrock Landfill uses the three R's as a business motto, something most dumps may overlook.
But with the waste they do have, special steps are taken to reduce the impacts on the environment.

VP of SKB Environmental, John Dankee explains "We have 2 foot of clay, we have synthetic liner and then we have protective sand over the top of that."

These steps go above and beyond Minnesota State laws for industrial Landfills to ensure containment's don't leech into the pristine wilderness.
But the main focus for the Shamrock facility is to recycle as much as they possibly can.

"Right now we recycle shingle waste from homes, we do 10–12 thousand tons of shingle waste per year that goes back into asphalt mix. We recycle all the materials for Hennepin county, plus our own from construction and demolition loads. We recycle wood products, we also recycle cardboard, we accept appliances." Said Dankee

Sorting these materials takes more time and effort, but SKB Shamrock believes its well worth the effort.

Opstad said"The more we can divert out of the landfill, the better it is for our airspace, the better it is for the environment, for the community, absolutely."

The Shamrock Landfill also collaborated with other local businesses in the area to donate funds for the 4th of July fireworks show.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch