Bismarck sanitation workers will switch to four-day collection rotation beginning this summer

Published: Mar. 20, 2017 at 5:46 PM CDT
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Four-day work weeks are becoming popular in business and IN industries. Now, that concept is spreading to the Bismarck Public Works Department.

Beginning this summer, city sanitation workers will collect garbage four days a week. The new 10-hour schedule for garbage collection allows the city to be more flexible when disruptions or holidays occur.

"If we change to a four day schedule we can still collect the garbage, we'd run four ten-hour days and then we would also when we have holidays during the week we wouldn't have to push garbage on those Friday collection routes to Monday," said Bismarck Service Operations Director Jeff Heintz.

Bismarck city commissioners voted last week to approve a four-day collection rotation. A survey found residents may not be ready for volume based fees on trash pick-up.

A volume based trash fee is being considered by the city, but only 71 people responded to an online survey from the city and a majority opposed paying extra if they set out more trash.