New 24-hour recycling center replaces old Fairmont site - KOTA Territory News

New 24-hour recycling center replaces old Fairmont site

You’ll have to go the extra mile if you want to be eco-friendly.

The old Fairmont site where people use to drop off their recyclables and yard waste is now closed.

It's been replaced with a new 24-hour facility on Highway 79 at the entrance to the landfill.

Karl Merbach, superintendent of the Solid Waste Operations, said the city decided to take the money it would have used to repair the Fairmont site and build the new facility.

"We think it's a great site. We have lights, we have security cameras, and we really think it will be more convenient once people get use to the idea that it's just a few miles away," Merbach said.

The Fairmont site was built on old landfill.  As it decays, it started to settle down. Imagine what a skateboard park looks like, the way it's compressed in the center. Merbach said that's what the Fairmont site would have looked like if it had stayed open.

"That site would continue and will continue to settle down. So that was one of the main reasons for relocating it out here," Merbach said.

State Senator Bruce Rampelberg (R-District 30) was making a drop off. He said he likes the new site and thinks it’s easier to get in and out.

“I’ve gone to Fairmont in the past and there’s always been other people there waiting and I kind of wait.  Usually the bins are full. So I like this a lot more,” Rampelberg said.

There were complaints from some people who don't like the idea of driving the extra mile and a half. But others said they don’t mind the extra drive, as long as the containers are empty.

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