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City begins trial of monthly bulky item collection program

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Bloomington Briefing Published November 18, 2022
Updated on April 3, 2023

The City is partnering with Better Futures Minnesota to collect certain bulky items at the curb for reuse and recycling. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of bulky items that end up going to a landfill.

This new service is part of the City’s bulky item management plan that was approved by City Council in 2021. The plan includes a transition to Curbside Cleanup being offered every other year. There will be no Curbside Cleanup in spring 2023.

The City started a pilot of a monthly bulky item collection service in November. The pilot involves 4,000 homes. The lessons learned throughout the pilot program will be used to make the service better before it is rolled out citywide during the first half of next year.

During the pilot, households in the sample area will be able to schedule a monthly pickup of reusable and recyclable items.  Items will be picked up the first full week of each month on the regular garbage and recycling day at no extra charge.  This service is included in the monthly bulky item management fee (formerly called Curbside Cleanup fee) on the residential utility bill.

For more information and a map of the homes included in the pilot area, visit the City’s website at