When will the new automated system start?

The City of Minot will begin using the new automated trucks on July 17, 2017. The new trash containers will be delivered to Minot households July 8-16, with a total of 12,500 containers delivered to residents.

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1. Why is the city switching to the new system?
2. When will the new automated system start?
3. Can you explain how will the new automated process will work?
4. What are the three sizes of the new trash containers?
5. Can I get help if I’m physically unable to move the new containers to the curb by myself?
6. Can I leave the new container by the curb all the time, or do I have to remove it after the trash is collected from it?
7. What if I change my mind about which size of container I want to use? How do I switch containers?
8. If my container is stolen or damaged, do I have to pay for a new one?
9. If I put my trash on the curb in a different container than the city approved one, will the sanitation crews collect it?
10. Will switching to the new system cause my monthly sanitation fee to rise? If so, how much?
11. Will the city still pick up tree branches?
12. Will the city still pick up old appliances and other large items?
13. What items are prohibited in city issued waste carts?
14. Will the city continue to pick up garbage twice a week under the new automated system?
15. Will the new system mean some city sanitation workers will lose their jobs?
16. How many new sanitation trucks did the city have to buy?
17. Other than new trucks and trash carts, will the city have to purchase any other equipment to make the new system work?
18. Will the new system have to change again when Minot begins recycling efforts? If so, why don’t we wait until then to change instead of changing everything twice?