Mayer extends recycling coupon program

by Emily Hedges

With spring cleaning on the horizon, Mayer residents can stop by City Hall to pick up a book of 10 $1 recycling coupons at no charge for use at the Douglas Kugler Eco-Site located at 676 Industrial Blvd. in Watertown. During its March 11 regular meeting, the Mayer City Council voted to extend the coupon program, which is funded by a County Recycling Grant.
Over the two-year period from 2011-12, the city distributed 100 coupon books (10 coupons each) to residents, 591 of which were redeemed to date. For more information about what items require a coupon or fee, contact (952) 955-1130 or go to
Residents may also choose to dispose of recycling, brush and compost materials at a city site east of the Mayer Wastewater Treatment Facility on County Road 30 on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. (spring through fall). Only grass clippings, leaves and soft garden waste will be accepted at the compost site, and brush no larger than four inches in diameter will be accepted at the brush site.
Recycling items accepted: automotive batteries, clothing, plastic bags and shrink wrap, paper (junk mail, phone books, office paper, magazines, newspaper, corrugated cardboard, boxboard) food and beverage containers (steel and aluminum cans, foil and trays, glass bottles and jars, food and beverage plastics #1-7), scrap metal, used motor oil, oil filters, and antifreeze.
For more information, contact Carver County Environmental Services at (952) 361-1800.
In other business, the Council:
• Sent a request from Henning Construction to haul 100 to 125 truckloads of gravel from the Coldwater Crossing Development to the Planning Commission. City Code requires a public hearing before the permit can be issued.
• Voted to hire Alan Edholm as part-time compost employee at a rate of $8.50 per hour.
• Received the goals from Mayer’s Senior Commission. In 2013, the group hopes to examine the Mayer Comprehensive Plan and provide guidance to the council on housing needs; raise awareness of safe driving practices through a program called Car Fit; and coordinate with Carver County Sheriff’s office to provide a drug take-back day in Mayer.
• Heard goals from Fire Chief Rod Maetzold for the Mayer Fire Department. They wish to replace the 1987 engine for safety and usability issues; move forward with plans to build a new station to accommodate bigger trucks and growing staff; and replace all the air packs by 2018 when the current ones become illegal.
• Approved the 2012 audit and authorized Abdo, Eick and Meyers to submit the audit to the State of Minnesota.