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Minot’s first curbside recycling program is making steady progress toward reality.
Assistant Public Works Director Jason Sorenson said the City’s recycling program could begin by July. A transfer facility is being constructed on the south end of the landfill property, near 37th Avenue Southwest. City crews will bring the collected recyclables to this facility, where the materials will be loaded onto trucks and shipped to a facility in Minneapolis.
“There is steel going up right now, and they should have the building enclosed by the end of this week,” Sorenson said. “Then they’ll be able to work on finishing the interior during the winter months.”
The project also includes the construction of a new entrance to the landfill off 37th Avenue Southwest.
Before the recycling program begins, 95-gallon containers will be delivered to all City of Minot sanitation customers. The containers will be the same as containers currently used for garbage, but will have different colored lids to differentiate them.
Residents won’t be charged for recycling for the first couple of months, Sorenson said. Those months will give residents who don’t want to continue with the program the opportunity to opt out. The City will remove recycling carts from residents who use their one-time opportunity to opt out of recycling.
Recycling collection will take place twice a month, replacing a garbage collection once every other week.