Garbage & Recycling
- Sign Up for Service
Please contact the Utility Billing Department to sign up for service at (763) 421-8100 or email@example.com
It should be noted that the garbage contract by the City only covers single family through four unit town home's. Larger town home complexes, apartment buildings and business may contract independently with a garbage and recycling provider.
- Garbage Collection
The City has an organized refuse collection system consisting of five refuse collection companies assigned to a specific area within the City. This program only covers single family thorough four unit town home's.
The Finance Department bills the residents for collection services in conjunction with the billing for water and sewer services. The City pays Hennepin County for the tipping charges and the refuse collection haulers for collection of refuse and recycling materials.
- Garbage Billing (the month following service)
The following rates include Recycling, Yard Waste Drop-off Site, Hennepin County Service Fee and State Solid Waste Management Fee:
2013 Rates (Rates are amended annually at the first of the year)
• Large Cart (Approximately 90 gallons) - $24.76
• Medium Cart (Approximately 60 gallons) - $20.68
• Small Cart (Approximately 30-gallons) - $16.60
Cart sizes vary by vendor and date of issue as the market trends change over time. This is why an approximate size is given for the three categories of cart sizes.
- Single Sort Recycling
A recycling cart is provided to all homeowners. If your cart becomes damaged or lost, please contact the Utility Billing Department for a replacement at (763) 421-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Recycling is collected on the same day of the week as your refuse; however, it is only collected every other week. A calendar with the weeks for service was provided in 2011 and has been updated by each hauler independently as needed since that date. Please contact the Utility Billing Department if you need a replacement calendar.
The most exciting thing about the single sort program is that you can toss your cans, newspapers, glass and plastic water bottles into the cart without sorting them by type of material. We ask that you still follow the same rules for cleaning your containers to remove any food debris and separate non-recyclable elements from the core item in order to produce a high quality product at the other end of the market. List of Acceptable Materials
Recycling and refuse containers must be properly stored in accordance with City Code Chapter 46-Solid Waste, Section 46-21(c).
Carts may be stored inside, in the side yard or the back yard without screening. They may not be stored in the front yard.
View sample drawings of cart placement options:
- Annual clean up Event:
In May each year the City's Environmental Resources Commission (ERC) sponsors a Spring Cleanup Event. The event includes a Materials Drop-Off Day, during which Scrap Metal, Tires, Bicycles, and Small Engines may be brought in for recycling and re-use. In addition the ERC sponsors the Curbside Collection of used appliances.
- Hennepin County Recycling Center | (612) 348-3777
The Hennepin County Recycling Center, located in Brooklyn Park accepts a variety of household hazardous wastes, computers and oversized items. Visit their website for directions, hours and materials accepted. Many items are accepted at no charge, check the fee schedule for details.
Hennepin County residents and small businesses can drop off organics for recycling at the Brooklyn Park Drop-off Facility.
Organic materials that will be accepted include:
- All food scraps
- Food-soiled and non-recyclable paper, including napkins, pizza boxes, freezer boxes and milk cartons
Organics can be dropped off Tuesday through Friday. Organics must be in BPI-certified compostable bags, and there is a limit of five bags per person per day.
The organics drop off is a great option for event planners using the county’s portable recycling unit loan program.
Through the program, event organizers can add recycling and organics collection to their events by borrowing up to 40 units for container (cans and bottles) recycling and up to 20 units for organics recycling. Events using the Portable Recycling Units can arrange to drop off more than five bags of organics.
For more information contact Nancy Lo at 612-348-9195.