Kalix Recycling Center

Minot has an impressive community atmosphere.  MADC, the Chamber of Commerce, and city leadership really work together –to respond to crisis, to develop new initiatives, and to continuously make Minot a better place to live and work.  Recycling is a community project, and the Kalix Recycling Center has relied on community support for our continued success – financial assistance from MADC in 1994 and again in 2014, help with publicity and establishing partnerships from the Chamber of Commerce, and amazing cooperation from the city in a variety of ways,” Borgi Beeler, President/CEO. 
Kalix Recycling Center (Kalix) is a non-profit corporation that not only offers recycling services, but also provides support services for adults with disabilities. In 2014, MADC helped secure funding for Kalix to purchase a new baler and remain operational. “We are extremely grateful to MADC, the city of Minot, St. Joseph's Community Health Foundation, and Verendrye Electric for funding the purchase of a new baler,” Borgi Beeler, President of Kalix.
Kalix has found recycling jobs to be a great match for people with disabilities. Employee responsibilities involve unloading cars, sorting recyclables, picking up recyclable items and documents to be shredded, shredding confidential documents, and disassembling electronics and books in preparation for recycling. The recycling center has been open since 1994, each year Kalix has kept nearly six million pounds of recyclable materials out of Minot’s landfill, one of the many benefits Kalix provides the Minot community. Borgi Beeler, President of Kalix, explains “We believe in privacy, purpose, and dignity for all people, and part of reaching that goal is offering a variety of employment opportunities.” 
In 2014, a new baler was mandatory in order for Kalix to continue operations. With the help of Minot’s local incentive, the MAGIC Fund, Kalix was able to secure $252,000 for the new baler. A new baler offered an increase in capacity, additional automation, improved safety features, and Kalix’s services to accommodate growth in the Minot region.