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Posted on: December 17, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Same-day residential recycling and garbage collection to begin Jan. 2020

Recycling "We've got it together"

Starting January 6, 2020, Bismarck residents will be able to have both their curbside recycling and regular garbage picked up on the same day. Recycling will continue to be collected on a bi-weekly schedule. 

Residents will be able to place both their garbage and recycling containers at the curb on their regular garbage collection day. Waste Management will collect residential curbside recycling on the designated garbage collection day. Customers are asked to allow three-feet between containers, extra garbage, and the mail box when placing them at the curb. Customers should make sure their trash and recycling lids are closed so that recycling and trash materials stay dry during winter weather.

The City of Bismarck initiated discussion with Waste Management and asked them to consider operating on the same four-day collection schedule as the city’s garbage collection, to help them both achieve mutual efficiencies in equipment and manpower. These conversations resulted in a positive conclusion for both establishments. 

“This is an exciting opportunity that provides additional convenience for our residents and practical efficiencies for both the City of Bismarck and Waste Management – a win-win situation for all,” said Jeff Heintz, Public Works Service Operations Director. 

“Continuous improvement in our operations and meeting customer expectations for collection are priorities for Waste Management,” said Mitch Dahlstrom, District Manager, WM Bismarck, “We value our relationship with the City of Bismarck and are confident that this change will improve our service in the community.”

City residential customers will receive the 2020 Garbage and Recycling Collection Routes brochure, map and calendar in the mail during the week of December 16, 2019. 

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