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'Talking Trash' at Trade Show

Area environmental services officials talked trash and recycling at the Perham Home and Trade Show-and it was filmed for broadcast.

Appropriately, Becker County was represented at the program by Sandy Gunderson, of the environmental services department. Becker is a new partner with Otter Tail County and Perham in the regional solid waste collaborative.

Becker County will now be sending thousands of tons of garbage to Perham for incineration at the city's Resource Recovery Facility. This will help enable a $10 million expansion of the Perham incineration plant-bringing more jobs and economic development to Perham.

Both Gunderson and Otter Tail environmental services official Jess Steinbrenner were on hand to "talk trash" and recycling at the Perham Area Trade Show.

Incineration is one of the most desirable solid waste management tools, said Gunderson, based on Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Federal Environmental Protection Agency standards.

One trash burning barrel in a residential backyard is more damaging to the environment than one ton of garbage burned in an incinerator, said Gunderson.

Incinerators are fully monitored and governed by federal and state environmental and emissions standards.

Also, said Gunderson, incinerators burn at temperatures of 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit-compared to 550 degrees in a backyard-burning barrel, which produces more environmentally damaging emissions.

The "trash talk" program was filmed by TV3, and will be rebroadcast several times as a public service to area viewers. Gunderson shared "green" ideas, not only to help the planet, but also ways to keep more "green" in your pocket.

Also presenting a program with an environmental theme was Esser's Plumbing and Heating and All Seasons, with workshops on geo-thermal heating methods and practices.