By Wendy Reuer and Erik Burgess, Published November 25 2013
Fargo garbage, recycling route will changeFARGO – Garbage day will change for a majority of households here starting Jan. 6, after the City Commission approved a change in curbside garbage and recycling routes at its Monday meeting.
The only areas of town that will keep their same garbage days are far north Fargo and far southwest, near Osgood, said Solid Waste Utility Manager Terry Ludlum in an interview Monday afternoon.
“Otherwise, everybody will be affected,” he said.
The new plan is an effort to increase pickup efficiency and will allow the waste department to handle rapid growth in south Fargo without adding staff, Ludlum said Monday night.
Routes were last created about 13 years ago, Ludlum said. The current Friday route is the largest, covering basically everything south of 32nd Avenue South, he said.
“Within the next four, five, six years, we could be looking at an additional 4,000 to 5,000 homes in what we call the Friday route area,” he said. “So, basically, what we’ve had to do is push everything a little bit more to the north and maximize our routes.”
Mayor Dennis Walaker and Commissioner Mike Williams are on a subcommittee that already approved the changes, Ludlum said.
“(Residents) have to understand this is an efficiency process, making use of what we have for staff, Walaker said Monday.
The solid waste department has an “aggressive outreach plan” to ensure homeowners know how they are affected, Ludlum said. That includes letters that will be sent to every single-family home notifying them of their new garbage and recycling route as well as a social media blitz toward the end of December.
Then, the day before the new routes start, the city will remind homeowners via the nonemergency CodeRED telephone alert system, Ludlum said.
Ludlum said during the first month or two of new routes, crews will make passes through the old routes to collect trash and to place stickers on cans, reminding homeowners of the new schedule.
“We understand here that this is transitional for everyone,” Ludlum said.
Lundlum said the new plan likely will be efficient for another about five years.
The new proposed garbage routes are as follows:
Monday: North of Seventh Avenue North.
Tuesday: Between Seventh Avenue North and Interstate 94.
Wednesday: Between I-94 and 40th Avenue South.
Thursday: South of 40th Avenue South and east of Interstate 29.
Friday: South of 40th Avenue South and west of Interstate 29.
The new proposed recycling routes are as follows:
Monday, Week A: North of 19th Avenue North.
Monday, Week B: Between 19th Avenue North and Seventh Avenue North.
Tuesday, Week A: Between Seventh Avenue North and 13th Avenue South.
Tuesday, Week B: Between 13th Avenue South and Interstate 94.
Wednesday, Week A: Between I-94 and 32nd Avenue South.
Wednesday, Week B: Between 32nd Avenue South and 40th Avenue South.
Thursday, Week A: South of 40th Avenue South, between the Red River and 25th Street South.
Thursday, Week B: South of 40th Avenue South, between 25th Street South and I-29.
Friday, Week A: South of 40th Avenue South, between I-29 and the drain.
Friday, Week B: South of 40th Avenue South and west of the drain.
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