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Landfill Life Decreasing

Landfill Life Decreasing

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A booming economy and population is putting a premium on space and pressure on city services.

One in particular that is feeling the crunch is the Minot city landfill.

The influx of new people paired with the City's flood home demolitions is causing the city landfill to fill up at a faster pace.

Minot Public Works Director, Dan Jonnasson says Municipal Solid Waste, or household garbage, has doubled in the last four years from about 40-thousand tons to approximately 80-thousand tons.

The inert waste portion, or demolition debris, is also up to approximately 80-thousand tons per year.

Flood repair, city developments and the oil impact are all factored into the increase in waste.

Jonasson says the City of Minot is already making plans to meet the growing demand for more space.

(Dan Jonasson, Public Works Director)"We start the process now. We're looking for additional land for expansion and when the cells fill up we have to build new ones. We're constructing a cell right now out there for the MSW portion of it for expanding that. We've got two cells left to construct after that."

Jonnasson says the MSW and inert portions of the landfill have about 12-15 years left.

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