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  • Why should I recycle?
    REDUCE YOUR GARBAGE VOLUME: The North Dakota Department of Health estimates that every North Dakotan generates 4.8 pounds of garbage every day, resulting in more than 557,000 tons of garbage every year. The average American citizen throws away 600 times their weight in garbage during their lifetime. SAVE COSTS: Recycling keeps tons of items out of landfills, which are extremely expensive to construct and maintain. The cost of opening a new landfill can run upwards of $5 million. And this doesn't included the cost to purchase the land or the perpetual monitoring and testing of closed cells within the landfill. CONSERVE ENERGY: One recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes. A modern glass bottle would take 4,000 years or more to decompose -- and even longer in a landfill. One recycled aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours. It takes 80-100 years for an aluminum can to decompose in a landfill. One recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours. It can take up to 700 years for plastic to decompose (break down) in a landfill. PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT: Recycling is good for the environment in multiple ways. It saves tons of raw materials which in turn saves time, energy, and expense. Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water!
  • How do I recycle?
    Rinse out plastic containers and cans. Labels may be left on containers and cans. Remove plastic caps and throw them in container separately. Place approved recyclable materials directly into your recycling container. Close the lid. All recyclables must be placed inside the recycling container, with the lid closed. Recyclables placed outside the container will NOT be picked up. Sorting your items is not necessary as it will be sorted at the Jamestown Recycling Center. This is referred to as Single-Sort Recycling.
  • Is residential recycling mandatory? Is there a fee?
    No, but fees remain the same regardless if you recycle or not. Contact your city administration for the fee in your community.
  • How often and where will my recycling materials and garbage be picked up?
    Garbage will be picked up every week and recycling will be picked up every other week. See your City Schedule linked above for your specific community.
  • Will residential recycling also occur at apartment complexes?
    YES. Larger recycling containers will be furnished to apartment complexes. They will be picked up every week at the same location that the weekly garbage is now picked up.
  • What items CANNOT be placed in the residential recycling containers?
    NOT Recyclable: Styrofoam of any kind Drink cartons with wax lining Garden hoses Yard waste Colored plastic bags
  • May glass items be placed in the recycling containers?
    NO. Broken glass is a hazard to our sort line employees.
  • Can all approved recyclables be placed into the same container?
    YES. Do not sort your material. All recyclables must be placed inside the container, with the lid closed. Recyclables placed outside the recycling container will NOT be picked up.
  • How can I discard electronics, fluorescent light bulbs, or batteries?
    These items are accepted at the recycling center in Jamestown at 1016 10th St SE. These items MAY NOT be placed in any recycle container. See the Recycling Price Sheet.
  • Is there a fee for discarding electronic scrap, fluorescent light bulbs and batteries?
    Yes. Click on this link to see pricing.
  • May yard waste and food products be placed in the recycling containers?
    NO. These items can NOT be placed in residential recycling containers.
  • How can I be notified of any schedule changes?
    Customers may sign up for a text alert by simply texting the name of their community to 844-941-4325. (This service is not available for Jamestown, as the city sends out notifications). You may also email your phone number and community to or contact our customer service at 701-320-9218.
  • Where do I place my residential container?
    Place your container on the street where there is at least a four-foot distance around it. If there is a possibility of vehicles or snowbanks blocking access to your container, place the container further into the street so that the truck has room to pull up beside it and grab it with the automatic arm.

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