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Posted on: October 22, 2019

Residents share views on recycling

Minot residents let the City Council know how they felt about a potential curbside recycling program at a meeting Oct. 21.

The results were mixed. Most residents who spoke were in favor of creating a curbside recycling program, for reasons ranging from being good for the environment to setting a good example for the next generation.

Opponents of the idea questioned whether city money should be spent on other items, like flood control, and whether residents would support a recycling program even if it was mandatory.

Public Works Director Dan Jonasson discussed a completed feasibility study that looked at four options for recycling:

  • Build a facility to handle local recyclables
  • Build a facility to handle regional recyclables
  • Collection and transfer of recyclables by the City
  • Collection and transfer of recyclables by private contractors

Jonasson said the data showed that building a facility locally to handle recyclables wouldn’t be cost-effective. Under a program where the City would collect and transfer recyclables, Minot residents using City services would see an approximate fee of $4.50 per month to cover the cost of the program. Under that scenario, residents with City services would have garbage collected once a week and recyclables collected once a week.

Borgi Beeler, executive director at Kalix, an organization that has been involved in recycling for 25 years, said Kalix wouldn’t be interested in collaborating with the City on a single stream program because they do not have the ability to accommodate unsorted recyclables. However, Beeler said Kalix would be interested in further discussions if the decision was made for the City to collected sorted recyclables curbside.

Residents who spoke at the meeting shared a wide variety of opinions about the potential for a city-wide curbside recycling program, including:

  • Flood control and NAWS are more important than recycling
  • A desire to put a recycling question on the June 2020 ballot
  • Recycling isn’t about money, it’s about the environment
  • Recycling sets a good example for our children
  • Recycling will save space in the city landfill
  • Minot should use private recyclers instead
  • Once a week garbage pickup won’t be enough
  • Could the City collaborate with Minot AFB?

The Council didn’t make any decision at the meeting, and will continue to take input from residents. Anyone wanting to comment should contact the City or members of the City Council. Information can be found at minotnd.org.

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