The Free Press, Mankato, MN


April 12, 2014

Our View: Cities saved on garbage collection

Thumbs up to the city leaders of North Mankato and Mankato for teaming up to help bring savings to residents for waste collection, including big savings in North Mankato.

An intergovernmental committee agreed the two cities should put out bids for garbage collection — both individual bids and combined bids.

The result was that Willmar-based West Central Sanitation submitted a bid that saves some money for Mankato and provides a $1 million savings over five years for North Mankato residents.

The Mankato Council accepted the bid recently while the North Mankato Council approved it this past week. While there was some regret voiced in North Mankato for switching from long-time local hauler Hansen Sanitation, the council, save one member, voted with the best interest of residents in mind.

The new service will start in January. West Central Sanitation has shown a commitment to embracing the latest technologies, including on-board computers and quieter, less polluting natural gas trucks.

The family-owned business from Willmar should be welcomed.

Sustainability Expo worth sustaining

Thumbs up to the success of the first Sustainability Expo last weekend at Minnesota State University.

The premiere of the event was well-received with lots of opportunities for attendees to learn about ways to cut down on consumption. Booths and demonstrations included a wide range of topics, such as how to maintain a bicycle, eating locally grown food, recycling, composing and solar heat.

The sustainability movement is gaining much momentum across the nation as well as locally. The Mankato event offered a rich sampling of the many ways making conscious environmental decisions can affect our daily lives as well as add up to a bigger impact. And the more people that participate, the bigger the impact.

It would be good to see that this kind of expo is itself sustained and returns to the community annually.

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