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.

Bismarck Tribune