New plan for managing bulky items starts this year
After months of digital community engagement, a survey and community listening sessions, the City Council approved a new plan for handling bulky waste items in a more sustainable way than the Curbside Cleanup program of the past. The purpose behind the new program and the added activities, listed below, is to reuse and recycle more, and landfill less. The new plan and activities begin this year, including changes to the spring Curbside Cleanup with limited items accepted.
Changes in the new program include:
A Curbside Cleanup event that will take place every other year starting in 2022.
Small items that can fit in a small garbage cart will no longer be accepted during the cleanup, read more on these items below.
A new annual drop-off event for recyclable materials will be open to all Bloomington residents.
Swap events for exchanging items such as sporting goods or gardening tools will be open to all Bloomington residents.
The City is also exploring options to have a regular pickup of reusable bulky items for customers with City garbage and recycling.
New in 2022, small items like clothing, bedding, broken toys and garden hoses will not be accepted during Curbside Cleanup. Instead, you should dispose these items throughout the year in your regular garbage cart. Regular garbage is sent to the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center—a waste-to-energy facility in downtown Minneapolis. Garbage picked up during the Curbside Cleanup is taken to a landfill. By disposing of small items throughout the year in your regular garbage, you will reduce the amount of material that is sent to the landfill and the annual disposal costs associated with this program.
To learn more about the process for making the transition, visit blm.mn/bulky.
2022 Curbside Cleanup guidelines
To prepare for your Curbside Cleanup day, set your materials at the curb before 7 a.m. Be ready—collection trucks pass by one time only. Large appliances and brush are collected for recycling in separate trucks and any remaining items are collected and disposed of in a landfill. Please consider only setting out items that cannot be reused or recycled. The Curbside Cleanup program is only available to residents in the City’s garbage and recycling program, and certain townhomes and apartments that have opted into, and pay for, Curbside Cleanup services.
Follow quantity limits and know what is and what is not accepted at the curb
New in 2022, small items like clothing, bedding, broken toys and garden hoses will not be accepted during Curbside Cleanup. They should be disposed of throughout the year in your regular garbage cart. Regular garbage is sent to the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center in downtown Minneapolis, which is a waste-to-energy facility. Garbage picked up during the Curbside Cleanup is taken to a landfill.
See the item quantity and size limits listed above. Items surpassing specified limits will not be picked up and will remain on the curb; residents will need to arrange for bulk material disposal. Excess materials could increase your costs. By disposing of small items throughout the year in your regular garbage, you will reduce the amount of material sent to the landfill and the annual disposal costs associated with this program.
What is ACCEPTED at the curb
Appliances: Limit of two. Water heaters and softeners, microwaves, washers, dryers, stoves, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, freezers, dishwashers, trash compactors, garbage disposals, water coolers, refrigerators (remove door or tie securely shut). Do not set out until the morning of your pickup date.
Unusable furniture: Limit of two items. Tie down or disassemble hide-a-way sofa beds so they cannot open when handled.
Mattresses or box springs: Limit of two items.
Other bulky items: Limit of four “other” items. This includes any other bulky item not listed in categories above that cannot fit in a small garbage cart, including:
Doors, windows, screens, cabinets.
Large metal items like bikes, grills, lawn mowers, snow blowers, swing sets, treadmills; drain all fluids and remove tires.
Carpet and pads: Roll and securely tie with twine. Keep under five feet in length and one foot in diameter.
Garden furniture and décor that cannot fit in a small garbage cart.
Home décor items like mirrors, lamps.
Children’s items like toys, sporting goods, car seats, strollers and furniture that cannot fit in a small garbage cart.
Household building materials: Pile size is limited to what fits in one level, standard size pickup truck bed. Includes building materials such as flooring, drywall, sheetrock, siding and untreated lumber. Lumber must be stacked and no longer than five feet.
Bundled brush: Branches must be smaller than three inches in diameter and three feet in length, tied with twine and put in bundles that should be light enough for one person to carry. Bundled brush piles must be no more than what can fit in a standard pickup truck bed.
What is NOT ACCEPTED at the curb
Tubs, sinks and toilets.
Extra heavy and bulky items: Pianos or organs, etc.
Electronic items: Cell phones, computers, stereos, printers and TVs.
Hazardous waste: Fluorescent tubes, motor oil, paint, propane, solvents and other household chemicals. Take these items to the South Hennepin Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-Off Center, 1400 West 96th Street.
Certain building items: Contractor materials, bricks, concrete, railroad ties, shingles (asbestos) or treated wood.
Loose cardboard: Extra cardboard that can’t fit in your recycling cart can be bundled and placed next to your recycling cart for pick-up.
Recyclable materials: Boxboard, cans, newspapers and plastic bottles.
NEW! Small items that can fit in a small garbage cart: These items should be disposed of throughout the year in the regular garbage that is processed at a waste-to-energy facility instead of landfilled during curbside cleanup.
Clothing, textiles, linens, bedding and pillows.
Books and other entertainment.
Other home and garden décor that can fit in a large garbage cart.
Small appliances like radios, clocks, coffee makers, and hair dryers.
Small metal items. Take smaller items to the South Hennepin Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-Off Center, 1400 West 96th Street.
For more Curbside Cleanup information
For questions or other information about Curbside Cleanup, visit blm.mn/curbside or call 952-563-8760. Want to report illegal dumping or scavengers making a mess? Call the nonemergency number for Bloomington Police 952-563-4900.
To find more tips about how to properly dispose of items not accepted at the curb, visit the Green Disposal Guide on Hennepin County at blm.mn/green-dispose or call 612-348-3777.