City sanitation workers will launch a trial run of a new recycling system when they make the rounds of a northern Fort Dodge neighborhood Friday.
They will be emptying big purple containers filled with paper, glass and other recycling materials all mixed together. Their work will mark the first time that kind of recycling, called single stream recycling, has been done in the city.
Single stream recycling is more convenient for residents, according to Greg Koch, the city's public works director. It's also the way recycling will be done in Fort Dodge in the future. he said.
For now though, just 200 households are participating in a six-month test of the system.
For 100 households on the city's north side, that test was to start with an initial collection this coming Wednesday.
Koch said that first collection was postponed to Friday because of the Labor Day holiday.
''It will be easier for us to pick it up on Friday,'' he said.
In the future, all of the recycling collections that are part of the test will be done on Wednesdays, according to Koch.
The first collection for the 100 households on the city's south side that are participating in the test will be on Sept. 12.
North side residents will have their second collection on Sept. 17.
Collection will alternate between the north and south sides every Wednesday, Koch said.
The recycling test is intended to pave the way for the introduction of single stream recycling citywide in 2014. That switch will coincide with a change in the way garbage is collected. A new style of garbage truck that uses a mechanical arm to lift and empty trash cans is expected to be introduced in the city that year.
Currently, Fort Dodge residents must sort their recycling materials so that all the items of the same type are together.
In single stream recycling, residents don't have to sort the materials. Residents participating in the test merely have to open the 96-gallon container provided to them by the city and drop everything inside.
Materials collected during the test will be taken to the regional recycling center on Gypsum Hollow Road. Crews from Greenstar, a materials recovery facility in Des Moines, will pick it up there.