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Pair plan recycling service

A citywide recycling program is inching closer to fruition after discussion of cooperative plans during a meeting at Dickinson City Commission meeting at City Hall on Tuesday evening.

"As we move forward, a new fledgling business is in our midst and they would like to begin a recycling center here in Dickinson," City Administrator Shawn Kessel said. "Their ideas and thoughts are to operate a facility that will do single-source recycling which means they'll issue a canister to all the residents of Dickinson in phases ... each resident fills that container with all recyclable goods. It's picked up curbside and then they will sort all those materials and then recycle those to the appropriate markets."

Robert and Lynn Musick submitted and discussed a business plan for opening Dickinson-based "Northwest Recycling," according to minutes from the Dickinson Recycling Committee meeting Tuesday morning.

The pair has start-up cost funding, a number of interested investors and have found sources for several recyclable materials including glass, plastics, paper, cardboard, tin and aluminum, according to the minutes.

Working on a five-year plan, drop sites would happen in the first year, a single-stream pick-up one route at a time in the second year, creating additions to the local waste facility in the third year and expanding to neighboring communities in year four, according to the minutes.

The Musick's are presently looking for a 5,000 to 20,000 square foot building site with drainage and an outdoor lot and anticipate full operation within 60 days of securing a site, according to the minutes.

Kessel calls it "exciting news."

"We're encouraging obviously an entrepreneur to do that and we're working closely with them as the recycling becomes more prominent," Kessel said.

Dickinson's Recycling Committee is working on a project in hopes of facilitating community drop-sites for yard waste, used oil and cardboard, Kessel said.

The committee discussed the city's plans to place "recycling trailers" in multiple locations to collect such items, according to the minutes.

Cost of creating the sites "should be south of $300,000" and the city has the funds available.

The state mandated cities to collect a recycling charge on all residences and Kessel says the city has about $385,000 in the account.

The city would then extend invitations to other entities presently collecting aluminum cans, plastic goods and other recyclable materials to co-locate at the same locations, according to Recycling Committee meeting minutes.

"The hope being that we'll have kind of a one-stop drop off center for all recycling products and then each of those entities would be responsible for collecting the material that they receive at that cite, cleaning them out, and then selling it or disposing of it in the manner that they see fit," Kessel said.

The process would come at an expense, however, as each site would be fenced, signed and fitted with security devices, Kessel said.

The city applied for a grant through the United States Department of Agriculture and Kessel says the city hopes to hear a decision within about 60 days.

The requested amount is $37,000 which "will be added to a substantial city contribution," according to minutes from a Recycling Committee meeting Tuesday morning.

"It would help us in the marketing and educating of people about these sites, about the value of recycling and reuse and it would also take advantage of the greater market area," Kessel said.

The Dickinson Municipal Landfill accepts material from a much broader area than Dickinson, including waste from about two dozen communities.

"Any way that we can lower that waste stream and therefore lengthen the amount of time that that landfill is available to us is obviously an advantage," Kessel said.