The days of manual garbage pickup in Minot will soon come to an end.
Minot will move to automation in July.
“We've been looking at this for three-plus years, as to a different way to do garbage collection with less people,” said the Minot Public Works Assistant Director Jason Sorenson.
The city will roll out three different sizes of garbage bins for residents—a 35, 65, and 95-gallon option.
The city will send out postcards in the coming weeks to homeowners asking them which size bin they want. Residents can respond by mailing the postcard back, calling an 800 number or going online.
For the first year, residents should expect an across-the-board garbage fee of just over $16 a month. Then, after a year, the city will move to tiered pricing, based on the size of the bin.
“Once we know what sizes everybody wants, then we'll place an order. We have to order 12,500 cans to get everybody in the city of Minot a can,” said Sorenson.
Automated garbage pickup is nothing new to North Dakota. In fact, all of the major cities in the Peace Garden State have some sort of automated system, some of which for decades—except for Minot.
But sanitation leaders say the move wasn't to "keep up with the Joneses," so to speak, but to improve safety for workers and save money.
“I just think it's gonna really streamline what we're doing. It's gonna clean the city up. We won't have the garbage around the streets, like Monday, four days a week, we have piles of garbage everywhere,” said John Reynolds, Minot Sanitation Superintendent.
Sanitation workers will only pickup what's in the bin, but if you do a major home cleaning, you won't be hung out to dry.
“If you're cleaning your basement, and you have a bunch of stuff that you need to get rid of, you can schedule a bulk pickup,” said Sorenson.
Once city leaders settle into the garbage program, they plan to roll out a recycling program in the next two years.
If you have any questions regarding the changes, you can call Minot Public Works at 701-857-4140, or log on the city of Minot’s website: www.minotnd.org