Collecting data:  Fergus Falls Public Work director Len Taylor sorts through waste during the waste audit in 2017.

It is time to sort the trash once again in Fergus Falls. On Thursday, Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department will conduct a trash sort at the recycling facility at 1115 North Tower Road in Fergus Falls. 

Two previous waste audits were conducted in 2015 and 2017. Waste audits provide valuable information for the Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department in determining programming and public education around recycling and solid waste. This year’s sort will also estimate the amount of organics generated by Fergus Falls residents. Volunteers are needed.

In past sorts county commissioners, city officials, members of local communities and recycling professionals have participated in the waste audits. Participants can learn firsthand about the waste stream, help to collect data on recycling, household hazardous waste and electronics contamination as well as how much food is thrown away in Fergus Falls. The same route and exact time of year (third Thursday in December) has been selected. 

All participants must sign a confidentiality form that ensures no information or materials will be taken from the waste stream.

Volunteers should wear warm, old clothing and closed-toed shoes, while  personal protective gear will be provided the day of the sort. With community members’ help, it will allow the county to collect and use data to evaluate current and future programs, as well and provide a focus for public education in the year to come. Lunch will be provided.

For more information and to register please visit or call Brittney 218-998-8915.


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