DICKINSON, ND, Jul 14, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Jasper Schneider today announced that the City of Dickinson will receive a $20,600 Solid Waste Management Grant to implement a solid waste reduction and recycling program.
“The City of Dickinson and surrounding communities are changing and growing which has put a strain on community services including disposing of waste materials,” Schneider said. “This recycling project will conserve and protect the environment ensuring a healthier future for area residents.”
With the influx in population due to energy production, the Dickinson landfill has felt the impact as disposal rates have increased. Based on 2009 figures, the City of Dickinson landfill has a life-span of 20 years, but with rapid population growth this life-span is likely much shorter.
With USDA Rural Development funding, the solid waste recycling program will include developing drop-off locations throughout the community to collect yard waste, used motor oil, wood ashes, cardboard and aluminum. The program also will extend technical assistance to 23 area communities whose municipal solid waste is disposed in the Dickinson landfill.
The City’s goal in implementing this program is to increase the collection of compostable materials by 1/3 in each of the next three years, ultimately leading to a policy banning yard waste entering the municipal solid waste landfill. In addition, the collection of cardboard materials will increase by 1/3 in each of the next three years. The program’s overall objective is to quickly gain acceptance and use by the public. The estimated project total is $298,854 with the City of Dickinson providing additional funding.