City says recycling changes won’t be instant

The votes were cast in favor of expanding Grand Forks’ curbside recycling program Monday night, but city staff has some work to do before residents see new bins in their driveways.

The City Council’s decision to expand the program gives residents the choice of picking a 60- or 90-gallon container for recyclables, but it could be three months before the bins are delivered, according to Public Works Director Todd Feland.

“It’s going to take a few weeks to get input from residents and to get bids for the containers,” he said.

In the meantime, Feland said residents can expect to see a large public campaign focused on educating them about the differences between the two containers and selecting the right ones for their households.

“We want (the program) to be as good as possible when it rolls out,” he said. “It won’t be perfect, but we’ll follow up on any issues as soon as possible.”

To find out more about your container choices and which program details are is up in the air, click here.

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