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Forum staff reports, Published August 28 2009

Curbside recycling in Fargo begins as city prepares for automated garbage collection

FARGO - About 80 percent of the curbside recycle bins and garbage carts for Fargo residents have been delivered in advance of the Sept. 14 start of the city’s automated collection program.

In addition, city crews started picking up recyclable items this week for those sorting glass, plastic, newspapers and other items in the blue recycle bins.

The city began curbside recycling this week for residents on collection route B. Residents on collection route A will have recyclables picked up starting next week. A sticker on the inside of the bins indicates which route residents are on.

Crews will pick up recyclable items every two weeks.

Residents are asked to place sorted recycling bins on the curb for collection on their regular garbage collection day.

Fargo plans to begin trash collection using the new garbage carts designed for pickup by automated trucks on Sept. 14.

Fargo plans to have all of its approximately 23,500 garbage carts delivered before the start of the automated program, which is designed to better match garbage payments with the amount of garbage produced by individuals.

In addition, the new system should allow a single truck to service 600 to 700 homes a day, compared with 350 to 400 homes a day under the current system.