Solid waste campus plenty busy without incinerator
The city’s incinerator is no longer running, but the Red Wing Waste Campus remains open and busy.
But the rest of the waste campus on Bench Street will remain open and operational for Red Wing residents and others who use it.
The hours still are the same — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday — and those who use the campus shouldn’t notice a difference in services, Schneider said.
Staff at the campus also will continue to work on improvements and offering new services — for example, events similar to the electronics collection day held in January and improving resource recovery, he added.
But while the public won’t notice a difference in what’s offered, it might see changes at the campus as the site shifts its work.
The equipment for the incinerator will have to be removed and the area refurbished to accommodate processing operations and equipment, such as a permanent shredder system, Schneider said.
Staff and the city will be working to find funding for the equipment and work, as well as finalizing other details, such as the agreement with Xcel to bring waste to its site.
It’s a lot of planning and work, but “we’d like to get it done quickly,” Schneider said, adding ideally everything would be set and ready by 2016.
Still, the public shouldn’t be impacted too much.
“We’ll keep running our operations as much as possible” during the work, Schneider said.
Overall, Schneider said the changes will reduce costs, and there should be enough revenue coming in to set funds aside for maintenance and other capital needs at the site.
“Then there’s not a big shock to the system” at some point, such as suddenly needing to purchase a new piece of expensive equipment without planning for it, he said, and “we can put money back into the system.”