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North Country Disposal ending its residential curbside recycling program in Alger County at the beginning of next year

After nearly 3 years, North Country Disposal is ending its residential curbside recycling program in Alger county.
North Country Disposal ending curbside recycling program in Alger County due to low community...
North Country Disposal ending curbside recycling program in Alger County due to low community numbers(WLUC)
Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 7:15 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - After nearly 3 years, North Country Disposal is ending its residential curbside recycling program in Alger county.

Residents of Alger County using North Country Disposal’s curbside recycling program are going to need to find a new way to get rid of their bottles, cans, and paper by Jan. 1.

North Country Disposal’s Vice President of sales, Ken Ohman, says the decision to end the program came because not enough people were using it.

“This is something that’s been transpired now for about 8 to 9 months. It’s a decision that’s been sought through, the numbers were crunched, and there’s no way that we can continue to operate the way that we’re going right now.”

Ohman says the program will still be available to businesses with dumpsters.

He also says another reason the program is ending is because he feels there was a lack of interest from local government officials, but he says the community can help change that.

“What they should do is talk to their government officials and municipal leaders and ask if there’s a way to allow recycling to be put into their weekly curbside pickup.”

And North Country Disposal’s core values remain reducing, reusing, and recycling.

“We’re Yoopers. We take responsibility in anything and everything that we put into the landfill.”

And without recycling programs, Ohman is worried the UP’s carbon footprint will continue to increase.

“Alger County is by far one of the most prestige and beautiful hidden gems there is out there, let alone out here in the UP. So, when those residence do smell that methane gas coming from their landfill, maybe they will think twice.”

TV6 reached out to the county and have not heard back at this time.

Munising mayor, Rod Desjardins, says the city’s recycling committee will be meeting soon to discuss their options.

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