VIRGINIA, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)--Northern Minnesota Recycling is on its way to building the first demolition recycling processing center in northern St. Louis County.
The center has placed several bins on the Menards construction site in Virginia.
Construction workers are working to sort demolition waste from municipal solid waste or household landfill on site.
Because the cost of shipping demolition materials to the nearest recycling center in Duluth is so expensive, recycling officials say half of northern St. Louis County's demo ends up in the household landfill.
By sorting demo onsite, contractors can save up to 17 percent in disposal fees by avoiding the states waste tax.
"It's not hard, but it takes awareness," Christine Strub, Manager of Northern Minnesota Recycling said. "And it does take quite a bit of time to meet with the general contractor and have the sub contractors learn and understand the values and what can go in what container."
Northern Minnesota Recycling wants to build a demolition processing center on the Iron Range.
They are currently waiting on approval from St. Louis County to start a 6 month pilot program.