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Minnesota Supreme Court decision on organized garbage and recycling

No change in services 

The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a decision in a case regarding trash collection in Bloomington. The case arose out of a proposed charter amendment submitted by a group of five residents to challenge the City’s decision to move to a system of organized collection.

Four Justices wrote the majority opinion. In it they said that the proposed city charter amendment was not an improper addition to the process. The Supreme Court also considered how the proposed charter amendment impacts the City’s contract with the consortium of garbage and recycling companies that have been providing services in Bloomington for the past several years. Three Justices dissented. They said that the City was correct because the proposed charter amendment was in conflict with the city charter procedures.

The City is reviewing the opinion and evaluating next steps. There will be no change in collection services in Bloomington at this time. The City’s contract for garbage and recycling collection remains in place. Residents should continue to place their garbage and recycling out using the current collection services.

In October 2016, haulers began pickup under the organized collection program in Bloomington with service goals 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. For FAQs and more information, visit