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Garbage collection on the ballot

During the general election on Tuesday, November 3, residents will have the opportunity to vote on City-organized solid waste collection in Bloomington. Two questions will be on the ballot. 

The first asks voters if they want to change the City’s Charter to prevent the City from organizing solid waste collection without a vote in a general election. A “yes” vote means that the voter wants to change the City Charter to require the voters, in an election, to decide if Bloomington should have City-organized solid waste collection. A “no” vote means the voter does not want to change the City Charter and the voter wants to continue residential solid waste collection organized by the City.

If the first question passes and changes the Charter, the second question will give the voters an opportunity to decide whether or not City-organized collection should continue. A “yes” vote means the voter wants to stop the current City-organized trash, recycling, bulky waste, electronic waste and yard waste collection services. A “yes” vote means the voter wants to revert back to residents selecting their own individual private trash haulers. A “no” vote means the voter wants to continue the current City-organized trash, recycling, bulky waste, electronic waste, and yard waste collection services in the City.

If the first question does not pass, the second question will not be considered and City-organized solid waste collection will continue. Vote on both questions to make your preferences known.

Currently, Bloomington households have City-organized solid waste collection. A resident petition was circulated to require the City to put the change to the voters as an additional step before moving to organized collection. In February 2020, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided that a resident petition to require a vote before moving to City-organized solid waste collection was lawful.

Solid waste collection includes the collection of garbage, recyclables, yard waste and bulky items. All one- and two-unit residences, and some townhome complexes that have chosen to opt into the program, would be affected by changes to organized collection. 

If organized collection ends, residents will be required to contract with a hauler they select. Prices and collection days will vary across the city. For more information about the ballot questions and answers to frequently asked questions, visit blm.mn/ballotfaq, call 952-563-4581, or email publicworks@BloomingtonMN.gov.