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The City of Minot has considered expansion of the existing MSW disposal facility, moving MSW to a new site within a 20-mile radius of the City, and shipping waste to existing MSW landfills farther away within the state.
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The landfill is located at 3500 19thAvenue SW. This is in the Northwest Quarter of Section 33, Township 155 North, Range 83 West in Ward County. This location is outside City limits but lies within the City’s extraterritorial area.
Disposal activities at the Minot landfill began in the 1970’s.
The Minot landfill accepts household garbage, inert waste (waste that is not putrescible such as construction debris), yard waste, brush and trees, appliances, tires, and waste oil on a regular basis. Some other types of waste, such as household hazardous wastes like paints and cleaners, are accepted during special collection events.
MSW stands for “Municipal Solid Waste.” MSW consists of common items that people throw in the trash, and includes things like food, clothing, paper, bottles and other containers, furniture, appliances, grass, paint, batteries, and other trash/garbage items.
In 2017, nearly 121,000 tons of waste was accepted at the Minot landfill. MSW accounted for approximately 60% of that total, at just over 72,000 tons. The landfill is permitted to accept an annual average of up to 350 tons of MSW per day.
Significant growth in MSW and inert waste acceptance has occurred within the last 20 years. Notable contributing factors to this growth include acceptance of waste from outside the City of Minot beginning in the late 1990’s, increased economic activity, and the 2011 flood season. The existing MSW disposal facility is anticipated to reach its design capacity in approximately 2023.
Minot households currently pay $16.22 per month for MSW collection using a 65-gallon container collected twice per week.
Minot City residents do not currently pay disposal fees for MSW collected from their homes. If a resident drops garbage off at the landfill, a fee of $40 per ton with a $10 minimum is charged
Yes. Entities other than City residents currently pay $40 per ton of MSW disposed at the landfill.
If the existing MSW disposal facility was expanded, current monthly costs to Minot residents for collection and disposal would be anticipated to remain consistent.
Based on current estimates, if MSW disposal was moved to a new site, it is anticipated that Minot residents would pay approximately an additional $1 per month and an additional $6 to $7 for disposal.
Based on cost estimates solicited for trucking MSW collected from City of Minot residents, it is anticipated that shipping MSW to other existing landfills would be significantly more expensive than either of the other two options, and therefore would be cost-prohibitive.