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East Grand Forks opts for local waste handler

East Grand Forks doesn’t want to waste money when it comes to waste management.

Starting July 1, the city’s refuse and recycling will be handled by Grand Forks-based Countrywide Sanitation, which signed a five-year contract with the city.

The city’s previous provider was Waste Management Inc., a national company.

City Council President Craig Buckalew said the city didn’t have any problems with Waste Management, but the bid received from Countrywide Sanitation for the new contract was much cheaper than Waste Management’s new bid.

According to estimates in the packet from the East Grand Forks City Council’s April 15 meeting, the total savings over the five years of the contract should be approximately $110,000.

Jason Stordahl, the public works director for East Grand Forks, said Waste Management will pick up its containers on the last day of each resident’s or business’s refuse and recycling pick-up. Countrywide Sanitation will then drop off the new containers, most likely sometime later on the same day.

 “We’re still delivering the carts,” said Rachel Gornowicz, owner of Countrywide Sanitation. “We’re in week No. 2, and it has been going smoothly.”

All the new containers should be dropped off by July 1, which is the day of the first recycling pick-up.

Garrett Richie
Garrett Richie is a general assignment reporter and digital writer for The Grand Forks Herald. Richie is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is formerly of The Ludington Daily News in Ludington, Mich. Have a good story idea? Contact Richie by either phone or email, both of which are listed below. If you would like to comment on a story, send a letter to the editor with Richie's name and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words, and all letters are subject to editing. Email to or mail to The Grand Forks Herald.
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