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Environmentally Friendly Facts

  • In 2013, the City of Fargo diverted over 82,000 tons of material from entering the City Landfill by recycling. 
  • In 2013, the City of Fargo recycled over 109,000 pounds of phone books. 
  • Over 143 tons of electronic waste was collected and recycled by the City of Fargo in 2013. 
  • One MATBUS full of people removes up to 50 cars from the road; that’s a line of cars approximately four city blocks long.
  • LED bulbs are used in all of the traffic signal lights in the City of Fargo (approximately 7,000). These bulbs last longer, require less electricity and save the city more than $30,000 per year.
  • In 2013, over 2,100 new street trees were planted in Fargo.
  • MATBUS added four 40’ hybrid diesel-electric hybrid busses in 2013. These vehicles carry 80 people at one time and deliver about 40% better gas mileage than a typical diesel bus.
  • In 2013, 13,100 fluorescent bulbs were collected by the City of Fargo.  This translates into approximately 162 grams of mercury.  A recent study shows that 1 gram of  Mercury is enough to contaminate a 20 acre lake. 
  • By choosing to ride the bus, 50 people can save at least 32 gallons of gas in just one day!
  • In 2013, the Household hazardous waste facility was used by almost 8,700 households.