Garbage bags are piling up at the recycling and compost site near Sheyenne Street and 40th Avenue South, and to stop it, the city may have to close the site.

Communications Coordinator Ellen Rossow said the location is supposed to function as a drop site for compost and recycling only, but people have been dropping "a vast amount of garbage" at the site and in the bins.

"Earlier this winter, the City of West Fargo aimed to accommodate garbage dumping that had been occurring at this site by adding dumpsters to the area," Rossow said. "Unfortunately, due to continued abuse and issues with contaminated recycling, these dumpsters will no longer be available."

The more garbage that is dumped at the location, the more potential there is that the garbage will be mingled with recyclables, making it more costly for the city to recycle and, in some cases, some items will not be able to be recycled.

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Rossow said that if the garbage continues to be dropped off at the location, the city may have to shut down the site, leaving the southside with no recycling site.

West Fargo's curbside garbage collection program does not limit residents on the amount of garbage that can be placed curbside for collection each week.

A transfer station at 1620 Main Avenue W in West Fargo is open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday’s from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Residents may haul garbage, branches, building materials and furniture there. Appliances are subject to a $10 charge for disposal.

Garbage and electronic recycling can also be taken to the Fargo landfill at 4501 7th Ave N. The city of West Fargo does not operate its own landfill.