Automated garbage collection begins Monday

The City of Minot’s automated garbage service begins Monday.

The City of Minot has delivered 12,500 waste collection carts to residences using the city garbage service and will begin pickups using automated garbage trucks for the first time on Monday. The new sanitation trucks uses mechanical arms to lift the containers and empty contents into the truck.

Carts should be set out by 7 a.m. on the day of collection and removed from the collection point before 10 p.m. on the day of collection. All waste must be put in bags before being placed in the containers.

The city received about 45 requests as of Friday for valet service, in which sanitation workers will leave the truck to come up to the home to collect the cart, empty and return it. Residents must obtain doctors’ signatures to verify disability to qualify for valet service. Applications are available on the city website at

“Our trucks will have all of their onboard equipment installed and ready come Monday morning, so we will do our best to flag the valet locations and make sure these people receive their valet service,” said Jason Sorenson, assistant pubic works director for the City of Minot.

– Jill Schramm