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The City of Minot took a significant step toward implementing a curbside recycling program at its July 6 meeting.
The Council approved the plans and specifications for a recycling transfer facility and a new entrance to the current City landfill, and authorized a call for bids.
City of Minot Assistant Public Works Director Jason Sorenson told council members a curbside recycling program could be operational in approximately two years. Before then, the transfer facility would need to be designed, bid, and built. Sorenson said the City would have to order and store about 7,000 containers to use in curbside recycling.
“As we’ve been going through the process, delays have already pushed things back a bit,” he said. “As of now, I think our best decision would have curbside recycling starting the spring of 2023.”
The project will also relocate the entrance to the landfill to a location off 37th Avenue Southwest, which will move considerable truck traffic from the current road through a residential area.
Recycled materials would be picked up curbside, then collected at the transfer facility before being shipped to an out-of-state location.
In a second vote, the council rejected using up to $370,000 that would have paid for continued exploration of locating, purchasing, and developing land for a new landfill.
“I understand the frustrations with some of the neighboring land owners, but I also understand that it will be difficult, if not impossible, to find a location for new landfill activities,” Council President Lisa Olson said. “I just don’t feel at this time it would be money well spent to search for those properties.”
“I also think it will be clearer to our staff on what to focus on. I think they have put in a lot of time to find answers for us, and I would prefer they not have to work on that any longer,” Olson added.
Council members Paul Pitner and Stephen Podrygula voted against stopping the search for a new landfill location; Olson, Mayor Shaun Sipma, Tom Ross, Carrie Evans, and Mark Jantzer voted in favor of the motion to end funding.