From: Bruce Reed Jr., Nick Reed,

Minnesota Wood Recyclers


Decision-makers in the city of Winona have determined it would be better for our community to put a local Winona business, who has been serving our community for over 30 years, out of business and give the contract for the Winona compost site to a company based out of La Crosse, Wis.

It was stated in multiple City Council and mayoral campaigns that “it is crucial that we not only collaborate within our community, but we need to be buying local as much as possible.” That did not happen in the case of the Winona compost site. Now Minnesota Wood Recyclers, who helped establish the Winona compost site 30 years ago, will be dissolved and all of the income, taxes, materials, etc. that were associated with this local company are being sent to anther state.

Minnesota Wood Recyclers understands that it’s probably too late for our business, but it might not be for other local businesses. Please reach out to your local City Council members, city manager, and the mayor and let them know that these decisions to send contracts out of state when they could have been awarded to local community members is not what’s best for the Winona vommunity.

It is very disheartening that this contract was voted on at the City Council meeting on Monday, June 21, and has yet to be mentioned in either of the Winona papers. Most of the other topics that were discussed at that meeting were reported on within 1-2 days of the meeting.

We wish the new compost site operator well and will assist them in the transition in any way we can.