For residents outside the three Brainerd neighborhood associations, the Crow Wing County landfill accepts yard waste of brush, leaves, grass clippings, used oil, recycling and used oil, all at no charge.
The landfill is six miles east of the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport on Highway 210.
All loads to the landfill must be covered. Batteries are also taken free of charge. The landfill has a Household Hazardous Waste facility that is free of charge.
Other items, such as furniture, tires, antifreeze and appliances, are accepted at the landfill with a charge. A car tire without a rim is $1. Mattresses or box springs are $5.85.
Electronics are being limited for disposal in landfills. The state is banning computer monitors and televisions from municipal solid waste after July 1, 2005. Crow Wing County banned electronics from the landfill in mid-April, but will accept them for recycling. Electronic devices often contain potentially hazardous components or metals. The county is charging $5 for electronics, which covers a system such as the computer with monitor and keyboard as one unit.
Dump Dough dollars, which came in the mail from Crow Wing County, are welcome and will help defray costs at the landfill.
The Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance reported the Best Buy store in Baxter will serve as a Plug Into e-Cycling collection site for unwanted electronic items 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21-22. The event is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Plug-In to e-Cycling campaign and the first event in Minnesota's Office of Environmental Assistance Plug into e-Cycling pilot project, which is behind a number of electronics recycling events across the state this spring and summer.
The state reports most items will be accepted for recycling at no charge. However, because of recycling costs, there will be a $10 fee for each computer monitor and television 27 inches or smaller and a $20 fee for TVs larger than 27 inches or console TVs.
Accepted items include computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, TVs, stereos, VCRs, camcorders, cellular phones, PDAs, inkjet/toner cartridges, and rechargeable batteries.
Items not accepted include microwaves, smoke detectors and major household appliances, such as refrigerators and air conditioners.
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