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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 85 cars from the road; that’s a line of cars approximately six 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.
  • Each year, nearly 2,100 new street trees are planted in Fargo.
  • MATBUS is often on the cutting edge of adopting innovative clean technologies and fuels such as electricity, hybrids, electric storage, biofuels, natural gas and hydrogen fuel cells. Fargo currently owns eight diesel-electric hybrid fixed route buses and is looking at CNG and/or electric buses for the future.
  • In addition to the direct fuel and emissions savings transit creates by providing an alternative to personal vehicles, public transportation indirectly supports greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions by influencing development patterns to support walking, biking, shorter trips, and transportation trip reduction; Transit ridership also relieves on-road congestion, which enables drivers to get to their destinations more efficiently and use less fuel.
  • 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.
  • In 2013, the Household hazardous waste facility was used by almost 8,700 households.