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Brookings to expand curbside recycling program

BROOKINGS (AP) -- The city of Brookings is planning to expand its curbside recycling program by providing residents large new containers for recyclable items.

City solid waste manager Todd Langland says it will cost about $225,000 to buy 3,200 blue-and-yellow containers. The city is applying for a state grant to pay half the cost.

Brookings residents will be able to dump recyclables into the containers. They can be lifted and dumped by city trucks equipped with mechanical arms. The material will be sorted later.

The city now recycles glass, paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum and tin cans and other items.

Brookings' sanitation department also wants another truck with a container pickup arm. Langland tells the media that the truck would cost another $250,000.