Maple Grove Yardwaste Site serves 2,000,000 residents

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.

Maple Grove resident Charles Vane is the 2 millionth resident to go through the gates at the Maple Grove Yardwaste site on Oct. 8th.

Maple Grove resident Charles Vane is the 2 millionth resident to go through the gates at the Maple Grove Yardwaste site on Oct. 8th.

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.

Maple Grove Recycling Coordinator Frank Kampel, resident Charles Vane and partial owner of MG Yardwaste Site Ed Lynde were part of the celebration of the site’s 2 millionth visitor.

Maple Grove Recycling Coordinator Frank Kampel, resident Charles Vane and partial owner of MG Yardwaste Site Ed Lynde were part of the celebration of the site’s 2 millionth visitor.

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.

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