Items in Mandan Recycling Causing Problems
April 25, 2016

Single-sort Recycling Program Clarifications

Here are a few clarifications for the new curbside single-sort recycling program for Mandan! Please like and share!

Getting started. Dakota Sanitation delivered 96-gallon recycling containers with information packets in December. Collections began Jan. 2, 2016. The recycling cost of $5.50 per month per unit will be added to residents’ utility bills, beginning with those received in February.

Collection schedule. Recyclables will be collected every other week. Collection weeks are organized by address with odd- and even-numbered properties scheduled on opposite weeks. The last digit in the property address determines whether it is odd or even.

If your recycling is not picked up by 6 p.m. on your scheduled day, please call Dakota Sanitation, ph. 258-4679, on the next business day between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to make arrangements.

Timeframe for Containers to Be Out. Please place the container at the point of collection by 6 a.m. the day of collection and no earlier than 6 p.m. the day before collection. After collection, all containers should be removed from the curb no later than 10 p.m. the evening of collection day.

Container placement. Proper placement is needed to accommodate trucks equipped with an automated arm. On collection day, containers should be placed curbside, either on the sidewalk or in the street next to the curb, with the wheels facing the home, at least 2 feet and ideally 5 feet away from obstructions such as vehicles, garbage containers, or retaining walls.

For homes with a front driveway, a good place for the recycling container is the driveway apron (where it connects to the street), away from mail boxes, utility poles and trees. A suggestion is to place the recycling container on one side of the driveway apron near the curb and the regular household garbage container on the other side.

Obstacles to alley collection. The collection trucks require overhead clearance of at least 16 feet. Public Works crews recently reviewed 70 alleyways and measured 118 wires, finding only 12 above the required clearance distance. Because of clearance concerns and other obstructions, Dakota Sanitation trucks will not enter alleys. Please place containers at the curb in front of the house.

Call if circumstances prevent curbside placement. If you have challenges making the requested placement impossible or very difficult, such as steps from a front yard to the street, a high retaining wall or a physical impairment, please call Dakota Sanitation, phone 258-4679, to request an on-site assessment of the situation.

Reasons for non-collection. Dakota Sanitation is seeing a few recurring practices preventing the contractor from collecting recyclables at some stops. These include:

•Trash mixed with recycling,
•Bagging items in the container with plastic bags, and
•Placement of the container in an alleyway or other area not accessible by the trucks