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There are many reasons the City of Minot is switching to an automated system, including:
Worker safety. Sanitation crews will no longer be subjected to the harsh elements of North Dakota’s weather, and the automated system will greatly reduce the number of on-the-job injuries to workers. Under the current system, crew members face a number of potential injuries, including slips, trips, falls, hazardous chemicals, and scrapes and cuts from broken glass, needles, and nails. Nationally, solid waste and recycling collection workers are three times more likely to be killed on the job than fire fighters and policemen, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sanitation claims account for 22 percent of Workforce Safety and Insurance claims, although sanitation employees account for only 4 percent of the workforce.
Efficiency. Sanitation crews will be doing the same amount of work or more with fewer people, which will save the City of Minot money in the long term. The basic $16.22 monthly fee for sanitation services in 2017 would have been approximately the same regardless of whether or not the City transitioned to automated sanitation pickup.
Cleanliness: With household garbage being contained in the new carts, there will be less debris blowing around the city, and there will no longer be unsightly piles of garbage sitting on the curb. In addition, animals will no longer be able to tear open bags of trash. The new containers are also built to be resistant to tipping over in windy conditions, reducing the amount of trash being blown around by the wind.
This is the first step for the City of Minot to provide curbside recycling. The City will now have the trucks necessary to implement a curbside recycling collection program in the future.
The City of Minot will begin using the new automated trucks on July 17, 2017. The new trash containers will be delivered to Minot households July 8-16, with a total of 12,500 containers delivered to residents.
The new sanitation trucks purchased by the City of Minot will drive up next to your new waste container, use mechanical arms to lift the container, empty the contents into the truck, and return the container to the ground. The trucks are operated by one person, who can perform the job without being exposed to the elements of a North Dakota winter or other times of bad weather.
The new trash containers provided by the City of Minot are available in three sizes: 35 gallons, 65 gallons, 95 gallons. Unless they notified the City which size they preferred, residents will be provided with the standard 65-gallon container. Click here to request a cart swap.
Yes. The City of Minot will provide a valet service for elderly or handicapped residents that may have a medical issue that inhibits them from rolling their cart to the curb. Those residents can call the Public Works Department at 857-4140 to obtain an application. Please complete and return the application, signed by a physician, to Public Works for review. In these cases, the driver of the collection truck will come to the house to retrieve the resident’s collection cart, and return the empty cart to the house.
Collection carts cannot be left by the curb on a permanent basis. Waste carts cannot be placed for collection prior to 6 p.m. the day before collection. Carts should be set out by 7 a.m. on the day of collection, and should be removed from the collection point before 10 p.m. on the day of collection. All waste must be put in bags before being placed into the containers. Waste containers must be placed on the curb or pavement edge. Waste carts must be placed within three feet of the alley where access is not impeded by garages, fences, cars, telephone poles, or other obstructions.
Residents will be required to keep the cart that was chosen or assigned during the survey period for 90 days before being allowed to swap the container for another size. After 90 days, residents can change to a smaller or larger unit. Once per calendar year, residents will be able to swap their containers for a different size for free. There will be a $30 fee assessed for each additional swap thereafter. Click here to request a cart swap.
Trash collection carts damaged by collection crews will be replaced at no charge. If a cart is damaged by the resident, it is the resident’s responsibility to pay for the replacement container. City sanitation crews will deliver the new carts to residents.
No. All approved waste must be placed inside the carts provided by the City. Any waste left curbside in other containers will not be collected by city crews.
City residents currently pay a monthly fee of $16.22 for garbage collection. If you use the standard 65-gallon container, your fee will remain $16.22. If you requested a 95-gallon container, your monthly fee will be $17.72. If you requested a 35-gallon container, your monthly fee will be $14.72.
Yes, but there are some guidelines. Only tree branches and trimmings cut by the homeowner will be picked up curbside. Branches must be cut and bundled in 6 foot (or less) lengths. Do not place tree branches or trimmings in the City of Minot waste containers. *Update* Tree branch piles will be picked up throughout the week as time permits. Set them out on your scheduled collection day, and the operator will schedule a pick up within the next few days. Tree piles that are deemed excessive will not be hauled by sanitation crews.
Yes, but there are some guidelines. Residents must call Public Works at 857-4140 to schedule bulk item collection. There is a $10 fee for each bulk item collected curbside. The fee will be added to your monthly bill. Bulk items include couches, end tables, computer desks, beds, bookcases, lawnmowers, snow blowers, appliances, and barbeque grills. Items the City will not collect include all building materials, carpet, boxes, sheet rock, kitchen cabinets, concrete, windows, fences, siding, TVs, computers, bricks, dirt, tires, or shingles.
The City will not collect paint, paint cans, stain, car batteries, ashes, propane tanks, hazardous waste, motor oil, construction debris, concrete, bricks, dirt, rocks, or building materials. These items can be disposed of at the City of Minot landfill. The City sanitation crews do not collect grass clippings or other yard waste, which can be brought for free to one of the 10 collection sites in the city or directly to the city landfill.
Yes. As always, waste will not be collected on New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Christmas Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day, Good Friday, Veteran’s Day, President’s Day, or Labor Day.
While the new automated system will reduce the garbage collection workforce from 20 employees to 10 employees, the Sanitation Department has prepared for the new system by not filling many open positions within the department. The 10 positions needed going forward will be filled by current employees of the department, and any workers displaced from the sanitation crews will have the opportunity to apply for and transfer to other positions with the City of Minot.
The City of Minot purchased six new trucks. Five trucks will be out on routes every day, with one serving as a backup for breakdowns, etc. The City has outfitted some current trucks to be semi-automated. Currently, the City has six trucks out on routes daily. Under the new system, there will still be six trucks out on routes every day: Five new, fully automated trucks with one crew member each, and one retro-fitted, semi-automated truck with a three-person crew.
There’s no guarantee when the city will begin a curbside recycling program, and preparing for recycling is just a small part of why the City is changing to the automated collection system. With the new automated trucks, the City will be ready to implement a curbside recycling program in the future. When that happens, garbage will be picked up once a week and recycling will be picked up once a week.
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AAA Fingerprinting has moved to 1602 4th Ave NW Suite B, Minot, ND 58703. Located in Carrie Francis Law Office. Across the street from Adult Learning Center and Loaf n Jug. On the corner of 4th Ave NW and 16th Street NW. Effective September 9th, 2017!
If you bring your own applicant card(s) - $10.00/card. If you need to use my applicant card (s), you will be charged $1.00/card in addition to the $10.00/card printing charge. Must provide a government issued photo ID. (driver's license, passport, etc.)
* Most people require two sets of prints (2 cards). One card for the FBI and one card for the BCI. No checks, no credit cards, please bring exact cash. Fees are subject to change
** Visit the website below to view the most current information.
Fingerprinting Days, Times and Costs: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm - 6:00PM
**AAA Fingerprinting will NOT be open on holidays unless otherwise specified.
Point of Contact: Val Potter
Address: 1602 4th Ave NW Suite B, Minot, ND 58703
Animal Control Officers are on duty Mondays & Saturdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. 701-857-9850
Household quantities of bulky and household items - items at the end of their useful life, such as appliances, furniture, junk, etc.
Items considered 'Household Hazardous Waste' will not be collected. This includes paint cans, oil containers, stains, varnishes, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, or car care products. An annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection is scheduled every spring for City of Minot Sanitation Customers.
Because the process is paid for through our citizen's collection fees, it is intended for reasonable household quantities related to spring/fall cleaning. The City will not take commercial quantities, large residential construction projects or large piles of tree stumps/branches.
Place your items by 7:00 am on your scheduled spring/fall collection day. Place the items on the front yard boulevard. If you have alley collection your bin will still be picked up in the alley, but the extra materials will need to be on the boulevard. Please leave room around your garbage can so the trucks can pick up the can. Different crews will be coming by to pick up your extra trash.
If you miss your collection day or have additional waste you'd like to dispose of, the City of Minot Landfill will be waiving the fee for self-hauling during Spring/Fall Clean Up Week. Proof of residency such as a utility bill with current Minot address will be required for reasonable household quantities at no charge during this week. Commercial or large quantities can be hauled to the landfill during this time or at any time of the year for a reasonable fee.
In addition to the regular sanitation collection trucks, we have several pieces of equipment collecting various types of clean up week materials for proper disposal. Separation in the collection provides for recycling of metals/appliances, etc. so items will be picked up in varied timelines by the type and purpose of the equipment.
While the City will collect small quantities of branch clippings, large tree trunks and branch piles are difficult to handle for the City crews on clean up week. It takes all of our crews and equipment the entire week to collect the miscellaneous items and household quantities in a timely manner. Large tree and branch removal projects are the responsibility of the homeowner and should be contracted with private contractors who provide that level of service and have the appropriate equipment to dedicate to the project. Residents may self-haul any large quantities to the City Landfill if they wish.
Any time of the year, City of Minot garbage collection patrons can simply call in to request a bulk collection (i.e., furniture & appliances) for as little as $10 per item. Also, in July of each year a week of free dumping at the landfill will be offered with a utility bill.
If you live in an apartment you are serviced by a private hauler hired by the property owner. Residents with private collection will not be eligible to participate in the Spring or Fall Clean Up.
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.
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.
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.