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Posted on: January 19, 2023

Recycling program continues to move forward

Minot’s curbside recycling program took another step forward after decisions by the Minot City Council on Jan. 17.

Council members approved a plan that allows City sanitation customers a one-time chance to opt out of recycling after a free trial period.

Assistant Public Works Director Jason Sorenson presented two alternatives to the Council, which ultimately decided to include an opt-out opportunity and not require those who opt out of recycling to pay for the program.

Under the plan, all City sanitation customers will receive a 95-gallon cart for recycling in June. A free trial period will last until October. Residents who opt out of recycling can contact the City to request their cart be taken back, and those residents would not be charged the $2.50 monthly recycling free.

On Oct. 1, those customers who keep their recycling container will begin paying the $2.50 fee. Recycling collection will take place once every other week. Residents who opt out of recycling would not have garbage collection on days when recycling is picked up.

Customers can also request to have a smaller 65-gallon container instead of the 95-gallon container.

Sorenson said the plan is to begin the curbside recycling program on July 17. Recyclables would be taken to Minot’s transfer facility, which is under construction at the landfill. The materials would then be transported to markets in Minneapolis.

Most plastics, paper, cardboard, and metals would be recyclable. Glass, food scraps, and plastic bags would not be allowed in the recyclable containers.

Separate from recycling, the Council also approved a 50-cent increase in the charge for a 65-gallon garbage container to $16.72 and an increase for a 95-gallon container to $18.72. The fee for a 35-gallon garbage container will remain at $14.72.

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