by Dennis Dalman
The Watab Township Clean-Up Day south of Rice was a big success Sept. 26, with vehicles arriving all day long, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., to drop off cast-off items to a pick-up site near the Twin Pines mini-mall.
Township residents could bring virtually any cast-offs, including appliances, although there was a charge for appliances in excess of one.
What they brought, besides appliances, were lots of tires, computers, other electronic items, steel items, construction concrete chunks and other items of virtually every description.
At day’s end, here was the tally: Three rolloff containers filled with used tires, five rolloff containers of other cast-offs such as furniture, three trucks of appliances and electronic equipment; five rolloff containers of construction debris and assorted items; and three compactor trucks of various cast-offs and miscellaneous garbage.
Watab Township supervisor Craig Gondeck supervised the pick-up and made 14 trips throughout the township to pick up cast-offs people had no way of bringing to the pick-up site.
The two companies who picked up and hauled away the junk are Allied Waste and Central Appliance Recyclers, both of St. Cloud. The township paid those companies to do the work, but the payments were reimbursed by state funds via Benton County’s SCORE program, which supports recycling and other kinds of environmentally-friendly projects.