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Garbage and recycling

The City implemented an organized garbage and recycling program to improve quality of life for residents in 2016. The program aims to reduce the number of garbage trucks on collection day, mitigate air and noise pollution, minimize wear and tear on roadways and, in most cases, save households money. 

Before the program was implemented in 2016, a group of five residents challenged the City Council’s decision to begin the program in the Court of Appeals. The court upheld the City’s implementation of organized garbage and recycling collection at that time. 

In June, the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed that decision by the Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court’s ruling opened up the possibility of organized garbage and recycling collection being put to a vote. 

The organized garbage and recycling collection remains in place for the foreseeable future. There will be no change in collection services nor is this issue scheduled to be on an upcoming ballot at this time.