The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) conducted a Waste Characterization Study in 2013. The study revealed that 40% of the material delivered as garbage to Lyon County regional landfill is actually recyclable. Statewide, recyclables heading to landfills cost an estimated $217 million each year in lost economic value - in that recyclable materials could have been sold and turned into new products.
Lyon County has a well-structured residential recycling program, but little is known about the extent to which businesses recycle in the county and whether a similar program would benefit businesses and allow them to recycle more. A survey was sent out to commercial entities in the county to determine the feasibility of developing a commercial recycling program. The survey results are included in the attachment at the end of this article.