The locally-owned Maple Grove Yardwaste Site has announced that it served its 2,000,000th resident Monday, Oct. 8. Based on numbers gathered since the opening of the Yardwaste Site in 1990, officials expected to hit the 2,000,000 number this week.
Charles Vane, a Maple Grove resident of 35 years, was the 2 millionth resident through the gates on Oct. 8 in the morning.
“They asked me to pull my vehicle over, I didn’t know what I had done wrong,” said Vane, “I was surprised. I couldn’t believe that I was the 2,000,000th visitor. I come here a lot to recycle.”
The Maple Grove Yardwaste Site opened on April 1, 1990. Currently in its 23rd year of operation, the site is open from April through November each year; the Maple Grove Yardwaste Site serves as a drop and recycling facility for residents of eight neighboring cities.
Commercial businesses also utilize the recycling capabilities of the yardwaste site. Hundreds of vehicles pass through the gates on a daily basis to dispose of yardwaste, garden wastes, leaves, lawn cuttings, weeds, and shrub and tree waste.
The Maple Grove Yardwaste Site has been classified by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture as a disposal site for Emerald Ash Borer and other diseased trees.