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PUBLIC FACILITIES :: SOLID WASTE
 
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The City of Wolf Point is committed to providing convenient and affordable solid waste services to the citizens of our community. The city’s fully automated collection service allows our collection costs to remain at an affordable rate.
 
LANDFILL

The City of Wolf Point landfill is located 1.5 miles west and north of Wolf Point. The landfill area consists of an active Class II lined cell. An active II/IV cell is located south of the Class II cell. The landfill contains one detention pond and one leachate collection, both of which are lined. The City recently purchased and licensed a new site immediately north of the existing site which is 80 acres. The site received a no=migration exemption from having to install liners and groundwater monitoring. The new site is scheduled to open in 2008 at which time the existing site will be closed.

Three methane monitoring wells are located on the existing site along with five (5) groundwater monitoring wells. The western side of the landfill has a hot mix plant. Access to the landfill is from the southeast.

 
SERVICE AREA
The service area for the landfill includes the City of Wolf Point, the City of Poplar, the City of Circle and the wastes collected from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation’s roll-off container system. Residents near the landfill may also use the site if they desire and pay on a per load basis.
 
LANDFILL HOURS

The landfill hours are as follows:

SUMMER LANDFILL HOURS (April thru October)
Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
   
WINTER LANDFILL HOURS (November thru March)
Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
 
LANDFILL LIFE

There is approximately 1 year left on the current cell and the newest cell should be able to accept disposal for the next 15 years.

New 80 Acre Landfill Site:
New 80 Acre Landfill Site

 
COLLECTION SERVICES

Photo of collection servicesResidential customers receive twice a week pickup of their garbage. Most residents have access to a 300 gallon garbage container that is placed in the alley. Each container serves approximately 4 homes. Pickup of extra items, placed in the alley, will be picked up twice a year. Once during the Clean-Sweep campaign held in May of each year and another time scheduled in the fall as time permits.

Commercial customers receive pickup five days a week. The number of 300 gallon containers provided will be determined by the customer based upon their individual needs.

 
RATE SCHEDULE FOR GARBAGE COLLECTION
Value of One (1) Container $12.70 per container
Commercial Charge $12.70 x # of containers x # of pickups
Minimum Commercial Charge $25.40 per month
Residential Charge $16.50 per month
Special Events $13.50 per container per day
Rates: Effective August 15, 2002


DISPOSAL SERVICES
The City of Wolf Point owns and manages the solid waste landfill in the area. Operations are under the guidance of the EPA.

WASTE QUANTITY
The wastes that are handled at the landfill are logged in by an attendant at the gate. The landfill records estimate that approximately 9,500 tons of waste are disposed of at the landfill annually. The City installed a new scale in November, 2006 and it should be operational by January, 2007.

EQUIPMENT
The full time equipment assigned to the landfill include the following:

  • 621 CASE rubbered tired loader which is used to transport and apply daily and intermediate soil cover.
  • 816 CAT Compactor for compacting the waste.
 
GENERAL OPERATION

There are four separate areas where wastes may be disposed of at the site. They are summarized below:

  1. Class II Area – The Group II wastes are disposed of in the Phase 2 Class II lined cell located on the northeast corner of the site. The wastes are being compacted with the 816 compactor that was purchased several years ago. The cover soil is being excavated from the stockpile located southeast of the cell. The existing (Phase 2) cell was placed into operation February, 2001. It is estimated that the area has approximately one year of life remaining.

    A new 80-acre tract was purchased by the city and received a no-migration exemption. The construction of the new site was completed in October, 2006, but it will not be used until the existing Phase 2 cell is filled.

  2. Class III/IV Area – The old Class II/IV trench was closed; it received 3 feet of soil cover and was seeded last year. The new Class III/IV area was opened two years ago in the area immediately south of the Phase 2 area. The filling of this area is working well.

  3. Burn Pit – The untreated wood waste and tree limbs, until three years ago, were placed in the Class III trench. Three years ago a burn pit was initiated for these materials. This burn area is located southwest of the Phase 2 fill area. There have been three (3) previous burns. It is planned to burn these wastes again this winter. Once burned, the ashes are hauled to the Class II area for disposal.

  4. Appliances – A separate area is used to stockpile appliances that are brought to the site. Approximately once per year a recycler is contracted to crush and haul away these items. Private licensed individuals are contracted to extract refrigerant prior to crushing.

GENERAL GUIDELINES
All loads must be covered or secured. Freon must be removed by a certified technician and his license number should be painted on the unit. No liquids will be allowed. Items such as paint must be in solid form. No batteries, friable asbestos, treated grain or hazardous waste will be accepted.

For additional information, please contact the Wolf Point City Office at 201 4th Avenue South or call during daytime hours – 653-1852.

 
LANDFILL COSTS

Each residential & commercial account will receive at the time of sign up for service and once a year thereafter, in January, a landfill card which will allow the resident access to the landfill for disposal of non-household items, i.e. tree branches, leaves, etc. This does not include construction waste. There is a $5.00 replacement fee if the card is lost during the year.

Effective March 1, 2007 all garbage brought into the landfill by private vehicle will be charged on a per ton basis. A minimum of $5.00 will be charged for all vehicles regardless of the weight.

 
RECYCLING PROGRAM

As the country as a whole becomes concerned with saving landfill space and extending landfill life, each of us must learn what “household recycling” means and find out what we, as individuals, can do. Recycling conserves valuable natural resources, reduces the garbage volume and slows the rate at which we fill our landfill. This in turn holds down the amount our community will need to spend on disposal now and in the future. Recycling also reduces pollutants and saves energy. Recycling is more than just a good idea. It is an important way we can show our concern for the environment. Remember, recycling does not happen by itself, it needs your support and participation.

REMEMBER TO RECYCLE – REDUCE - REUSE
Recyclable items accepted by the City of Wolf Point include newspapers, aluminum cans, and cardboard. The city has one recycling center located at 233 Cascade Street and provides several drop-off locations around the city.

 
CONTACT

Richard L. Isle
Public Works Director

201 4th Avenue South
Wolf Point MT 59201
Phone: 406-653-1852
FAX: 406-653-3240
e-mail address: wppublicworks@nemont.net

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CITY OF WOLF POINT, MONTANA
201 4th Avenue South :: Wolf Point, MT 59201
Phone: 406-653-1852
FAX: 406-653-3240
E-mail: ctywlfpt@nemont.net

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