Minot N.D --- With winter on the horizon many homeowners are preparing their properties for the next change of season. With those fall clean-up efforts the City of Minot wants to remind the public to properly dispose of yard waste. Dumping waste into city streets and right-of-ways can cause major damage to critical city infrastructure. If not properly disposed of, leaves and waste may get washed into the curb and flow to the storm sewer inlet. The inlet then becomes plugged and could result in localized flooding of the roadway, which also causes unsafe driving conditions.
“It’s more than a matter of courtesy, it’s a public safety hazard.” exclaims the Assistant Public Works Director, Jason Sorenson. “If storm sewers are plugged during a large rain event it may cause far more damage than necessary. That’s why dumping yard waste in the curb is illegal.”
The penalty for improperly disposing yard waste in the street or right-of-way in the City of Minot is $500 first time fine. The City of Minot does provide free yard waste dump sites throughout the city. The ten sites are designated for leaves, grass clippings and garden waste. Tree branches must be taken directly to the city landfill, free of charge with a copy of a water bill.
If you witness individuals illegally dumping yard waste or any other foreign materials into city streets, storm sewers or right-of-ways you are asked to contact the Minot Police Department at 701-852-0111.
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