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Terry Rice, operations manager at the Kandiyohi County Recycling Center, said the new LED lights have made the facility an “astoundingly different” work place. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

New LED lights make recycling center showplace for commercial energy-saving projects


WILLMAR — For 21 years, workers at the Kandiyohi County Recycling Center sorted and baled materials in large rooms with overhead high-pressure sodium lights that were so dim they were said to cast an “orangish-pinkish” haze.

“It was kind of like working at dusk all the time,” said Terry Rice, operations manager at the center.

Jay Baker, who supervises the county’s recycling program, likened it to working in a “dungeon — orange and dingy.”

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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