Posted on: July 13, 2017

Minot's new automated garbage collection system begins July 17

The six new trucks are here. The drivers have spent a lot of time training. The new trash carts are being delivered to Minot households this week.

It’s time for the City of Minot’s new garbage collection system to begin.

The new automated collection system starts July 17. Sanitation Department employees have been training with the new trucks since May, when the first of six new vehicles was delivered. The department created a course where the drivers could practice with the new trucks, and many employees have spent time before and after their work shifts honing their skills.

“We know there’s going to be some bugs in the system when we go live on July 17, but we’ll work through each issue as they come up,” said John Reynolds, Superintendent of the City of Minot’s Sanitation Department. “We’ve put in a lot of time and research into starting this new system, and we’re confident it will work well for the residents of Minot.”

Technology in the new trucks allows each new container to be automatically tracked and matched to the proper residence by three forms of identification; a bar code, a serial number, and an embedded radio frequency identification chip that is read by sensors on the truck.

With the new technology, Reynolds is reminding residents that there is no need to write any information on the new carts.

“The crews are actually training with the new software right now,” Reynolds said this week. “Our guys have spent a lot of time with these new trucks. They’re ready to go.”

The automated sanitation trucks will stop next to the new waste containers, use mechanical arms to lift the container and empty the contents into the truck, and return the container to the ground. The trucks are operated by one person, and are designed to be efficient when driving down alleys, with arms that can lift and empty trash containers on both sides of the truck simultaneously. The new trucks can hold two more yards of compacted trash than the old trucks.

A few reminders as the new system begins:

  • All trash must fit inside the new container, with the lid closed. Bags of garbage or garbage in other containers placed next to the new carts will not be picked up by City crews.
  • The handle of the new container should face your home when placed on the curb to avoid damaging the lid when the contents are dumped into the truck.
  • The City offers a valet service for elderly/handicapped residents who are unable to move their cart to the curb. Please call Public Works at 857-4140 to obtain an application or download an application from the City of Minot website at minotnd.org.

While the cans and trucks that pick them up may be have new, many aspects of the City’s garbage collection system won’t change:

  • The City will still pick up trash twice a week, and your pickup days will remain the same.
  • If your trash was picked up in the alley before, it will still be picked up in the alley now.
  • The City will still pick up tree branches on Wednesdays, but do not place branches in the new carts.
  • The City will still pick up large items such as appliances or furniture, but there will now be a $10 fee per item. Residents should call Public Works at 857-4140 to schedule bulk pickup.

At its regular meeting on July 10, the Minot City Council on second reading approved changes to city ordinance requiring all single-family dwellings with four units or less within city limits to use City of Minot sanitation services, but the addition of approximately 1,200 households will be studied further before being implemented no sooner than July 1, 2018. Previously, those 1,200 households had been allowed to opt out of using city services.

The purchase of the six new automated trucks is the first of many steps for the City to create a recycling program. When a recycling program does become reality, residents would have garbage collected one day a week and recyclable collected one day per week.

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