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Organized collection to be on the ballot

On Election Day, Bloomington residents will be able to vote on the way solid waste (garbage, recycling, yard waste and more) is collected in the city. This is a result of the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling on a case brought by five residents to challenge the method used in the City to change from a system of open solid waste collection to a system of organized solid waste collection. 

The first ballot question will ask if the City Charter should be amended to require residents to vote to decide the method the City can use to change the way solid waste is collected. The ballot will also include a second question asking if the current solid waste collection system should stay in place.

Ballot education materials will be prepared and available online and in upcoming Briefing stories. Watch for those to learn more.

In October 2016, haulers began pickup under the organized collection program in Bloomington. The service goals were to reduce the number of garbage trucks on collection day, mitigate air and noise pollution, minimize wear and tear on the roadways, improve neighborhood livability and, in most cases, save each household money.

Current residential garbage and recycling service will continue as normal. If any changes are needed after the election, information will be provided to residents. For more information, visit, call 952-563-8780, or email