Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM) recycles about 50 percent of Pope and Douglas counties, but there's still opportunity to improve, officials there said.
Greater Minnesota counties' recycling programs are faced with potential mandates to increase recycling rates from 35 percent to 75 percent of the waste.
"That's a lot of material we need to find to make that recycling rate and organics is the heaviest portion of the waste stream right now, so starting to divert that off will help us out," said Pete Olmscheid, executive director of PDSWM.
"It's also the right thing to do," Olmscheid said. "We're not doing this just to get our numbers up, even though we have to, but we're doing it because it's green and it's correct."