Bismarck recycling program is mandatory except for those with financial hardship

Jeff Heintz, director of public services for Bismarck, said hauler Waste Management needs more time to configure what recycling costs will be for each single family household with some opting out. He clarified the opt-out provision, saying it “was for those with financial hardship or space restrictions only.”

Heintz said he had spoken to City Attorney Charlie Whitman and he didn’t feel allowing the opt out would legally change the city’s requests for offers for curbside recycling. Waste Management’s current plan would charge each household $3.51 per month to haul recyclables in one container.

“It doesn’t change the request for proposals. We don’t expect that many people to have a financial hardship (to opt out). We should not see the costs double for each household.” Heintz said Tuesday.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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