Since 2015, Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department has conducted three waste audits of Fergus Falls’ residential municipal solid waste (MSW). This involves sorting through approximately 4 tons of garbage, separating out and weighing recyclables, household hazardous waste (HHW), organics, and scrap metal. The purpose of these audits is to determine what types of waste residential MSW is composed of, and to use that information to help the county focus education and outreach efforts regarding solid waste disposal. Each waste audit took place on the same day of the year, in December of 2015, 2017, and 2019.
The data show that recycling contamination is continuing to trend downward (yay!) and organics composition is trending upward (yikes!). This tells the county that education regarding recycling is successful and that more education on food waste reduction is needed.
Below are the reports from the three audits. Thank you for recycling!