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The Buxton City Council on Wednesday approved a new five-year contract for garbage services with Waste Management that will double recycling in the city.

Paul Kalibabky, public sector representative for Waste Management in Grand Forks, pitched the new deal as a way to lock in fixed costs for the foreseeable future for garbage collection in Buxton.

The contract will reduce quarterly garbage fees from $59 to $55 but bump up recycling prices from $9 to $18, resulting in a net increase in costs to residents.

However, Waste Management trucks will shift from collecting recyclables from once to twice a month starting in July, city officials were told.

Mayor Travis Soderberg said the city hasn’t had a garbage fee increase since January 2018. However, that price bump didn’t come with an added value to residents, he said.

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