Dickinson is kicking recycling to the curb

The City of Dickinson is preparing to launch its single stream recycling program this Fall, and it’s unique from others in the state.

“We are doing it in house to keep the cost down for our residents. That is the biggest thing for us, ” said Rachel Shumaker, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Dickinson.

Unlike most recycling programs in the state, the City of Dickinson will not be contracting its program  to an outside entity and residents will see an additional $4.25 added to their disposable waste fee of $13.00 every month.

Shumaker said Fargo is the only other city in the state that she knows of that handles its own single stream recycling program.

Once the program starts residents will be able to put metals, plastics, aluminum, milk jugs, and paper products into their recycling cans that  can be wheeled out to the curb with their regular garbage cans for collection.

“Our drivers will be picking up your garbage in the morning, and once they are done they will come out and pickup your recycling,” said Shumaker.

Shumaker said the city has ordered 7,250 recycling cans from Toter, and she expects them to arrive sometime in September.

However, there are some things the Solid Waste Department in Dickinson won’t be accepting for collection at this time.

 “We will not be accepting glass. . . .It’s a little too heavy for us to haul to Minneapolis . . .  We won’t be accepting plastic bags . . .  you can take them to Wal Mart or a lot of the local grocery stores,” said Shumaker.

Dickinson resident, Jade Praus, said she thinks the recycling program will be great for the community.

“There was a need in the community. We had people asking about it. People thought it was interesting that Dickinson didn’t have recycling already,” said Shumaker.

But Praus said she does have some concerns though.

“I guess my concern is that people won’t want to do it. They will fight it”.

Shumaker said the single stream recycling program is not optional, and they are expecting all the residents in city limits to participate in it.

Neil Galster, Senior Operator for City of Dickinson, said he expects some long days now that he has to collect both trash and recyclables, but he thinks everyone will adjust to the program in time.

“It’s fine. It’s just something we have to adjust to and get use to . . . that we are going to try to recycle”.

Shumaker said that in coming months she will be trying to get out the word and answer questions from residents about the recycling program.

She will be at Dickinson’s Family Health and Fitness Day on June 9, The Bakken BBQ on June 15 at the West River Community Center, and First on First in Downtown Dickinson over the Summer.

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