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Circle Sanitation looks to establish presence in area

August 31, 2018
Bryce Berginski - Tribune Reporter , Pierce County Tribune

Rugby garbage collection will be under a different company in 2019.

And that company plans to establish a presence within the Rugby area.

"We want to grow with this community and be a part of it, like we try to do with the other towns that we serve," said Dan Ruby, president and CEO of Circle Sanitation, "and we're pretty excited to be here in Rugby."

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Circle Sanitation is a family-owned business. Pictured (left to right) are the Ruby family: Brian Ruby, Dan Ruby, Ray Ruby, Trina Holter, Paul Ruby and Joe Ruby.

In their June meeting, the Rugby City Council voted to award the contract for garbage collection services to Circle Sanitation. The contract will be for five years, with Rugby residents being charged $17.75 per month for the first two years and $18.50 per month for the remaining three.

As part of the monthly rate, Circle Sanitation will provide residents with one 96-gallon tote. Residents can purchase an additional tote for a fee of $5 per month the first two years of the contract, and $5.50 per month for the remainder.

Prior to the beginning of service, Circle Sanitation will be placing the totes and providing residents information as to what can and can't be put in them, where to place them and other instructions.

"The service will be different for the residents as far as the way that they'll be putting their garbage out," said Ruby.

Ruby added that one frequently asked question Circle Sanitation receives is what residents are to do with their old garbage cans.

"Our answer is, 'Well you own them, you can keep them if you have other uses for them,'" said Ruby, adding that the old cans wouldn't be used for garbage. Ruby also said Circle Sanitation would dispose of old garbage cans that are "in bad shape."

Garbage collection will be an automated service, with commercial loads collected by a rear-loading vehicle on Mondays and Thursdays and residential loads collected by a side-loading vehicle on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

"As far as the residential pickup, it's gonna be done slightly different than what it is now," said Douglas Jones, business development supervisor. Jones said that the residential area would be divided using Main Avenue all the way from U.S. Highway 2 to just south of the railroad tracks as the dividing line, with the west and north being done in one day and the east a different day.

When Circle Sanitation initially begins service, collection routes will run from its Minot location and garbage will be taken to the Minot landfill. However, Ruby said Circle Sanitation is planning to set up a shop and potentially a transfer station in the area and is looking for a 15-20 acre property, but hasn't made a decision as to where at this time.

"We're weighing our options," said Ruby.

As part of the bid accepted by the City Council, Circle Sanitation would also provide the city with four 30-yard roll-off containers for citywide cleanup, and 10 roll-off container loads per year for compost at no additional charge (with a fee of $375 plus landfill costs for dumps over 10). Ruby said Circle was willing to be flexible on the former, and was working on addressing the latter and would address it "more aggressively" once an area presence has been established.

Circle Sanitation formed in 1980, when founder Ray Ruby Dan's father and his wife, Paulie, purchased Blowers Sanitation in Minot. Five years later, the Ruby family purchased Wee Haul Trucking. Circle acquired Geving Sanitation in 2007 and purchased Lund Sanitation in 2009. Circle also purchased the landfill in Noonan, which is used for cities in the northwestern part of the state.

 
 

 

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