Land purchase extends lifetime of City of Minot landfill more than 60 years The City of Minot signed an agreement today to purchase approximately 320 acres of land that will extend the life of the city’s landfill by more than 60 years.
Jason Sorenson, Assistant Public Works Director for the City of Minot, said the land was necessary for future expansion of the City of Minot landfill.
“We are currently constructing cell 6 of our originally permitted seven cells, which no longer gives us room to handle composting of yard waste,” Sorenson said. “Once the new land is permitted, we’ll begin utilizing a small portion to design a new composting area. It will probably be five years or more before we construct our first cell on the new land.” Sorenson said the City of Minot’s sanitation department collects approximately 15,000 tons of municipal solid waste yearly from the residential customers the City serves in Minot.
Private haulers collect waste from some residential customers in Minot and all of the commercial waste in the city, which brings in another estimated 15,000 tons yearly.
The landfill is also utilized by other area entities in surrounding counties designated as the “regional area.” “We are a regional landfill and we accept waste from six counties,” Sorenson said. “We bring in approximately 80,000 tons of municipal solid waste every year, and over half of that volume is coming from surrounding counties.” The City of Minot paid $4 million for the additional property.