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Kalix Recycling Center downsizes recycling operation
The Kalix Recycling Center in Minot announced that as of February 2020, the only products accepted and processed will be confidential documents and mixed office paper.  January 31 will be the last day for dropping off cardboard, aluminum, and other recyclable materials.  Tokens may be redeemed at MarketPlace Foods through March 31.

“The decision to downsize operations was based primarily on economics, but is also consistent with changes in Kalix’s approach towards employment opportunities,” explained Borgi Beeler, President/CEO of Kalix. “As the disability services industry has shifted toward more community employment, Kalix has put more emphasis on supporting program participants to work for other businesses and less on employing people directly.  Kalix also works with local businesses to identify unmet needs and develop custom jobs for individuals with varying abilities and interest.”

More information on the KEEP (Kalix Employer-Employee Partnership) program is available at www.KalixND.org/employment. During the last legislative session, North Dakota passed House Bill 1406 to establish an income tax credit to further encourage employers to hire through a qualified Customized Employment program.

Beeler also noted that the decision was not a reaction to discussions by the City of Minot regarding implementation of curbside recycling.  Kalix has consistently expressed public support for a curbside recycling program and continues to support City efforts to establish a comprehensive and convenient recycling program for community residents.

Rod Martinson, director of Employment Services, added that Kalix will continue offering Confidential Document Destruction, including regular pick-up of documents to be shredded.  Drop-off of larger quantities may be arranged by calling 855-909-9729. In addition, Kalix plans to schedule occasional public drop-off events for documents to be shredded. 

“Office paper gets baled along with shredded paper, so we will continue to take office paper because it supports our shredding business.  Office paper also happens to sell for a higher price than any other fiber product,” explained Martinson. “We will continue to ship shredded paper to mills for final processing into new products.  It has always been our commitment to provide top customer service with a secure environment and shred in compliance with industry standards. That hasn’t changed,” continued Martinson. 

Kalix has offered recycling services in Minot since 1994 and celebrated 25 years of recycling last summer.  All recyclable items accepted through Jan. 31 will be sent to mills for recycling into new products.
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