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How to prepare your garbage

Collection time

Your Garbage pickup could be any time from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on your collection day. You many notice that your garbage is picked about the same time every week. Please understand that changes in weather conditions, crew assignment, and equipment problems can create your pickup to be earlier or later in the day. Please, make sure it's always out by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.

Missed garbage

Sorry, but we will not come back if you did not get your cart out on time. The crew does report that your cart was not out for pickup.

Extra garbage

Now and then you may have extra garbage. As part of your regular garbage service:

We will NOT pickup more than two extra items. You must request a voucher and take your "extra" garbage to the South Transfer Station for disposal. If you have lots of extra garbage from moving or house cleaning, see Voucher Program.

For a fee, we will come do a special pickup. Go to Special Clean ups for more information or contact Solid Waste & Recycling. You must be approved by Solid Waste & Recycling before a special clean up can be completed.

Holiday schedule

When your collection day falls on or after a holiday, garbage collection will be one day later than normal. See the Holiday Schedule for more information.

Educational tags

Our crews use a variety of color coded tags to educate you when something needs to be fixed at your collection area. If you don’t understand the tag, please give our office a call and we can help. Your collection area is considered to be anywhere within 20 feet of the alley line or curb.

How do I start my garbage service?

When you sign up for Water service with the Minneapolis Utility Billing office, you automatically become a Solid Waste & Recycling customer if you are an owner of any property that is four (4) units or less in the City of Minneapolis. You are charged a base fee for each dwelling unit, as registered with the Department of Inspections.

The number of carts and recycling bins at your service address are what the previous owner needed for their weekly services. You will continue to have these for your weekly garbage and recycling use, but if you wish to increase or decrease the number of garbage carts or recycling bins you have, please contact our office.

Don't be confused if you see a garbage truck that is not a City of Minneapolis truck, as another company collects parts of the City. This contractor provides only garbage and recycling collection services. All questions, problems or concerns should be directed to our office.

Can I hire my own garbage hauler?

Sorry. City of Minneapolis Ordinance 225.600 requires City collection, removal and disposal of contained solid waste from all residential buildings containing not more than four (4) dwelling units and from all townhouses as defined in this chapter.

Report illegal dumping or garbage abuses - call 311

Garbage collection is a special service to our paying customers only. Taking or using another resident's collection point is illegal. City Ordinance 225.10 states in part: "No person shall leave, throw, or deposit, or use or permit any other person to leave, place, throw, or deposit, any substances or materials of any kind at a city solid waste collection point for city disposal when the substances or materials were generated at a location other than the residence."

If you see illegal dumping anywhere in the City of Minneapolis, please report it. Write down the license number, vehicle description, person involved in the dumping, and the item that was dumped, and report it by dialing 311. If you wish, your call will remain anonymous.

What happens to my garbage?

None of your garbage goes into a landfill. City of Minneapolis garbage goes to the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center. (HERC).

Located in downtown Minneapolis, the HERC facility uses mass burn technology to convert 365,000 tons of garbage a year into electricity that is sold to Xcel Energy, Inc.

To find out more, go to: HERC

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Last updated Mar 21, 2019



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