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Learn more about recycling program

The city of Jamestown approved curbside recycling beginning this summer, and now it's time for the public to learn the best way to utilize the service. Learn more about the new recycling program starting this weekend at the Home & Garden Show. If that doesn't fit in your schedule, the public education sessions will also be offered in May and June.

While the city and the Recycling Center of North Dakota have done their parts to make this new program happen, it will be up to the residents to make the process work. Attending one of the education sessions is a good way to become more familiar with the program.

This summer, Jamestown residents will be supplied with a recycling container. When the program begins, recycling trucks will empty the container with recyclables once every two weeks.

Later this summer or fall, residents will be asked to select the size of the container used for their normal garbage. The size of that container will determine their garbage rate in a pay-as-you-throw system.

The single-stream recycling process, utilizing one container for all recyclables, simplifies the process, but there are still restrictions residents need to know.

For example, residents who recycle now sort the materials and place items in the appropriate bins at the recycling center. Under the new system, most recyclable items will be placed in the single container for pickup by the recycling company.

Residents still need to know what can and cannot be recycled and that some items - glass, clothing and hardcover books - must continue to be taken to the recycling center by the resident.

These details are why it's important for the public to take a little time and become informed on how to best utilize the recycling services being offered. One of the first opportunities comes Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, during the Home & Garden Show at the Jamestown Civic Center. Other seminars are scheduled over the next month, and flyers will be distributed throughout the community.

Curbside recycling is finally coming to Jamestown. It is now time to work together to make the project as successful as possible.

Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper's editorial board.

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