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New Recycling Program Kicks Off

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The City of Bismarck encourages you to play by the rules - recycle and reuse.

The new curbside recycling program kicks off today.

As you're coming home from work, you may notice large, green bins lining the curbs.

These are the new single sort recycling containers.

12,000 bins will be dispersed throughout the city over the next two weeks.

"What a lot of the comments were that the ones that weren't recycling said was if you make it easy, we'll do it. If you put it at my curbside in front of my house, I'll do it," says Jeff Heintz, Director, Service Operations, Public Works.

No more leaving your home to sort and recycle your items at drop sites.

Convenient for most - but for others, like Gar Stocksdill, it's still not easy.

"I'm not recycling because I really don't have room for the containers. I think it's a great program and, you know, for those people that have the room or want to participate, I think it's great. It's just that, you know, the neighborhoods - we really don't have a lot of space. You know, most of the homes around here have single stall garages and small driveways," says Gar Stocksdill, Bismarck Resident.

Gar says he still takes some items out to the drop sites.

Eighteen drop sites were reduced to nine because of the new program.

The city's long term goal is to reduce waste at the landfill.

"I think it's an environmentally good idea and I think it's good for the environment, good for the kids, and good for the future," says John Doone, Bismarck Resident.

The first recycling pick up begins March 31st.

The next step the city wants to move forward in is paying for your amount of waste.

For those who are recycling and reducing the volume of waste, your cost for garbage will be less than those who aren't recycling.

Heintz says he would like to see this go into effect in the next year or two.

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