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What you need to know about the vote on organized solid waste collection

The November general election ballot contained two City questions related to City-organized solid waste collection. Visit the City’s website at blm.mn to find out the results of the ballot questions. At the time this issue of the Briefing went to print, the results of the November 3 election were not known. This article was written in advance to get information out to residents as soon as possible following the election, particularly if Bloomington voters elected to end organized collection within the city.

Here is what you need to know:

If the voters decided to keep organized solid waste collection within the city, the program will continue as it has for the past four years. Continue to place your garbage and recycling carts out by 7 a.m. on your regular service day.

If the voters decided to end organized collection and return to a system of open collection, the City is legally obligated to terminate the organized collection program 30 days after the election, when the City Charter changes become effective. The last week of City-organized recycling service would be November 16 – 20. The last week of City-organized garbage collection service would be the week of
November 23 – 28, 2020, with Thursday and Friday collection delayed by one day due to the Thanksgiving holiday. If voters decided to change to an open collection system, residents are encouraged to make arrangements with a licensed hauler as soon as possible after the election. 

The City’s website blm.mn/garbage will have contact information for licensed haulers, and provide up-to-date information and instructions for residents. The same information will be available at the Civic Plaza information desk, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road. 

Residents should plan to read all City and hauler communications related to garbage and recycling services to minimize any disruptions in services, because this possible transition to an open collection system would occur within a limited timeline. Haulers will need to update accounts for customers, develop new routes and make cart adjustments for up to 22,000 households within a limited time frame.

If voters decided to transition to open collection, local haulers may experience a high volume of customer service requests in November.  

Residents are encouraged to visit the City’s website at blm.mn/garbage, call 952-563-8726, or visit Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, for additional information, answers to frequently asked questions and for updates related to the program following the election.