NEW ULM - Nearly a decade ago Kevin and Kathy Finstad worked other jobs while trying to establish their new company, River View Sanitation (RVS).
Kevin was the maintenance and safety manager at Firmenich, Inc. in New Ulm.
Kathy worked a Registered Nurse in the New Ulm Medical Center Emergency Room and continues to hold that job.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Kevin and Kathy Finstad stand in front of a conveyer belt on a 6-line recycle sorter being built at River View Sanitation.
River View Sanitation has seen significant growth over the years.
Last September, the Brown County commissioners awarded RVS a five-year recycling contract, which started on Jan. 1.
In October, RVS contracted with Farasyn Construction to begin building a new recycling facility.
Not only did a building need to be constructed, but the Finstads also needed to buy recycling trucks, recycling bins and sorting equipment.
Farasyn Construction, Steve Kral Construction, Darin Portner Trucking, Full Service Electric and others completed the building project.
The recycling sort line is in the process of being installed.
When finished, a six-person line will utilize conveyors and magnets to hand sort aluminum, glass, plastic, cardboard and metal into bunkers where skid loaders will push the product into pits and onto conveyors that will take the product into a baler. Half-ton bales will then be loaded onto semi trucks and transported to various recycling facilities.
RVS began picking up recycling in New Ulm, Essig, Searles and Hanska after the first of the year.
According to the Finstads, there are no dramatic changes for the customer.
The recycling day for the customer is the same as it always has been.
Customers will continue to place their recycling out in the same place. Recycling will continue to be every other week.
"Not only do we want to provide consumer-friendly, curb-side recycling, but we want to add more jobs to the community," said Kevin Finstad.
In March RVS will begin using new 35-gallon and 65-gallon roller carts for recycling.
Not all customers will receive the rollers carts immediately.
The new carts will gradually be phased in over the life of the contract.
Larger recycling bins are located in the CashWise Food parking lot in New Ulm and the Hanska City Garage.
Commercial recycling is available through RVS.
"Recycling is important, if everyone does their part, it will be good for
the community and the environment" Kevin Finstad said.
(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org).