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Posted on: March 18, 2020

City takes next step in recycling process

The City of Minot will take the next step toward creating a curbside recycling program.

City staff was directed by the City Council to draft a proposed single-stream curbside recycling program after a survey showed strong support for a program, depending on the monthly cost to customers.

Staff will draft a proposal to look at what the program could look like, including whether there would be an opt-out for residents and what potential monthly costs would be to residents.

Assistant Public Works Director Jason Sorenson presented the results of a statistically valid survey to the Minot City Council at its March 16 meeting. That survey showed that if the monthly cost of curbside recycling was below $3 per month, approximately 55 percent or 7,050 households would participate. Sorenson had previously stated that the City needed at least 4,000 customers to ensure a recycling program would be economically feasible.

According to the survey, if the program came with no cost, more than 65 percent of residents would participate. At a cost between $3 and $5, 37.5 percent or 4,763 households indicated interest in participating. At $5, the interest fell to 24 percent, or 3,048 households.

Sorenson said the City has approximately 12,700 sanitation customers. When the Council is prepared to move forward with creating a program, Sorenson said the next steps would be to design and construct a transfer facility. That building would provide the necessary infrastructure to load the collected recyclables onto trucks; it would then be hauled to another location, potentially Minneapolis, where it would continue through the recycling process.

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