News Flash

Community News

Posted on: June 22, 2018

Anoka County Launches New Recycling App

Deciding which bin to throw that old pizza box in, or whether your takeout container can be recycled, just got a bit easier.  Anoka County launched its latest tool to help people recycle more and it's right in the palm of your hand.

From batteries to garden pots, the Coon Rapids Recycling Center is home to dozens of items that can be recycled, but can't go in the recycling bin on your curb. When it comes to trash, knowing what goes where is key.

Jacob Saffert is a recycling program assistant for Anoka County.  He says seeing that trash ends up in the right place is crucial to increase recycling overall.

“One of the big barriers to disposing of items is just the knowledge, and getting word out there to people about how to dispose of it,” he said.

And now in Anoka County, there's an app for that.  Anoka County just rolled out a free app on iPhone and android that puts a master list of everything than can be recycled – and where it needs to go – right in the palm of your hand.

“The app is basically a database for Anoka County residents to find where they can dispose of items,” said Saffert.

“Whether it’s something that's commonly accepted curbside, like aluminum cans or cardboard, or something more specialized, like paint cans and tires.”

In Anoka County last year, about 53 percent of the trash collected made it to a recycling facility. The county would like to see that percentage go up and they hope this app can help.

The Minnesota state legislature updated the government’s recycling goals in 2014.  All state agencies in the Twin Cities metro area are expected to achieve a recycling rate of 75 percent or higher by the year 2030.

Easy access to answers could help Anoka County achieve that long term goal. It's as simple as typing in a key word.

“That sounds like a good idea, especially for, like, younger people. I'm always on my phone so having an app like that sounds like a good idea,” said Elsie Nub.

The Oak Grove teen was at the Coon Rapids Recycling Center sorting trash for her grandmother. Nub said she would consider using a recycling app on her phone.

You can download the free app in the Apple store and on Google Play.  Learn more here.

Jennifer Anderson reporting

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in Community News

Out in the Cold 4 Youth

Posted on: December 7, 2018

New Indoor Self-Storage Facility Approved

Posted on: November 30, 2018

ALDI Remodels Northdale Blvd. Store

Posted on: November 30, 2018

NSC Hosts 'Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo'

Posted on: November 16, 2018

Local Teen Suffers a Rare Stroke

Posted on: November 9, 2018

New Playground Coming to Towerview Park

Posted on: November 9, 2018

Early Voting Turnout is Up

Posted on: November 2, 2018

City of Anoka Scaring Up Halloween Fun

Posted on: October 26, 2018

Fire Destroys Coon Rapids Home

Posted on: October 19, 2018

Fire Stations Open Doors to the Public

Posted on: October 19, 2018

ARCC Opens Food Shelf for Students

Posted on: September 28, 2018

Cardinals Mark Homecoming Week at CRHS

Posted on: September 28, 2018

CRPD Applying for Federal Grant Money

Posted on: September 21, 2018

Constitution Comes to Life at ARCC

Posted on: September 21, 2018

Honoring Those Who Protect and Serve

Posted on: September 21, 2018

New Study of Hwy. 65 Corridor Planned

Posted on: September 14, 2018

Land Bridge Repairs Underway on Main St.

Posted on: September 7, 2018

37th Annual Game Fair

Posted on: August 24, 2018

Expert Fire Investigator Dies at 58

Posted on: August 3, 2018

Anoka Hosts Food Truck Party

Posted on: July 26, 2018

First Farmers Market of the Season

Posted on: July 13, 2018

Business Spotlight: Crossfit Osiris

Posted on: April 20, 2018

April Snow Sidelines Spring Routines

Posted on: April 6, 2018

The Difference a Donation Makes

Posted on: March 23, 2018

New Sandwich Shop Opens in Anoka

Posted on: March 9, 2018

District 11 Redrawing School Boundaries

Posted on: February 23, 2018

Enrollment Up at ARCC, ATC

Posted on: February 9, 2018

Anoka Man Honored for Mental Health Work

Posted on: January 26, 2018

Bikes 4 Kids Celebrates Big Milestone

Posted on: January 5, 2018

Corrosion Discovered on Pedestrian Bridge

Posted on: December 22, 2017

Anoka County Board Adopts 2018 Tax Levy

Posted on: December 15, 2017

Riverwind Building Faces Uncertain Future

Posted on: December 23, 2016

ACBC Food Shelf Receives Some Holiday Help

Posted on: December 16, 2016

Alexandra House Receives $150,000 Donation

Posted on: December 16, 2016

Schulte Named 2nd Vice President of AMC

Posted on: December 16, 2016

New Senior Apartment Project Makes Debut

Posted on: December 16, 2016

Main Street Reconstruction Planned in 2018

Posted on: December 16, 2016