Grand Forks City Council members mull recycling contract

From left to right: 60-gallon and 90-gallon recycling bins that would be distributed to Grand Forks residents through the expanded curbside recycling program sit next to 18-gallon totes currently used by some residents. Photo credit: Brandi Jewett/City Street Beat. 

Grand Forks residents can expect to see brand new recycling containers in their driveways by November if the City Council approves the bins’ purchase next Monday.

The bid for new containers, estimated to total about $600,000, along with the city’s proposed six-year contract with Waste Management were given preliminary approval Tuesday by the council’s Service and Safety Committee.

Side by side profile of 60- and 90-gallon containers. Grand Forks’ containers would be black with blue lids. Photo credit: City of St.Louis Park, Minn.

The new containers are part of the city’s curbside recycling program expansion that was approved by the council in June. That proposal included replacing current containers with 60- and 90-gallon bins, which would be distributed to residences in November.

Public Works Director Todd Feland said he expected the expansion’s implementation to be complete by Dec. 1. Read the full story here.

If you don’t want a container, call Public Works’ sanitation department at 738-8740. The number at the bottom of the Herald story is my number. You can call me, but I’ll direct you to Public Works anyway.

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