The waters did recede and people in those communities were left to dig through piles of what used to be their possessions, but had now become garbage.
Enter Shamrock Environmental Landfill in Cloquet. Shamrock immediately offered free flood debris disposal at its facility to area residents, and informed others how best to separate and pile their debris along roadsides for pickup and disposal, at generously discounted rates. Shamrock also extended its business hours to help residents during the flood recovery.
The experience and lessons learned from the 2012 flood has allowed Shamrock to be a continuing source of education for other solid waste facilities to develop or update emergency response plans. Last fall, Shamrock served as a training facility for solid waste inspectors, including a number of MPCA staff. For information on other community service activities, visit the Shamrock website.
For its commitment to community, the MPCA thanks Shamrock Environmental Landfill for going above and beyond for flood debris management and continuing community education.