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Citywide Curbside Cleanup

Clean up your basement, garage, yard or home during the annual Citywide Curbside Cleanup. This is a great opportunity to dispose of bulky wastes and discards that are not routinely collected by weekly hauling service.

Residents who pay the annual cost for the program are eligible to participate in the cleanup. To find out if you qualify, look for a "Solid Waste" line item on your water bill. If Solid Waste is listed, your home is eligible to participate.

Apartments and some town homes may not be included in the program, so contact your management or homeowner's association to see if they pay for the service, or call the City Utility Billing Department at 952-563-8726.        

Program details

  • Do not put materials out more than two days before your scheduled pick-up day.
  • Do not put items in plastic bags.
  • Set your materials at the curb before 7 a.m. on your pickup day.
  • Trucks will go through only once on your scheduled day. If you miss your curbside pickup, please call your regular trash hauler who will pick up your refuse for a fee.
  • Volunteer assistance may be available for seniors or people with disabilities. Call Human Services at 952-563-4944, TTY 952-563-4933 for more information.
  • Curbside Cleanup is for Bloomington residents ONLY. Excess materials cost you money!    

Illegal dumping and scavengers

When scavengers cut lines in refrigerators and air conditioners to steal the copper, Freon or Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are released into the air and accelerate the depletion of ozone. Therefore, please do not set out such appliances until the morning of your collection day.

To report illegal dumping or scavengers that are making a mess, call 911.    

Accepted materials

The following items will be accepted at the curb.


  • Water heaters, microwaves, washers, dryers, stoves, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, freezers, dishwashers, trash compactors, garbage disposals, water coolers, refrigerators.
  • For any appliance big enough for a child or pet to enter, remove the door(s) or tie securely shut.
  • Limit: 2 appliances per house.
  • Do not set out appliances out until the morning of your pickup.
  • No electronics (TVs, stereos, computers etc.)


  • Branches must be smaller than three inches in diameter and five feet in length, tied with twine and put in bundles that can be carried by one person or they will not be picked up.
  • Brush piles must be no more than what can fit in one level standard-size pick up truck.                                    

Carpets/carpet pads

  • Roll up carpets and carpet pads and tie them securely.
  • Rolls must be less than five feet long and less than one foot in diameter – larger rolls cause handling problems.

Construction materials (lumber, windows, doors)               

  • Pile size is limited to what fits in one level standard-size pickup truck.
  • Lumber must be stacked and no longer than five feet.
  • Bend nails.
  • No railroad ties.
  • No contractor materials.
  • No paint, solvents, chemicals or other hazardous waste.

General junk

  • Boxed or bundled - under 100 pounds per item.
  • No household trash such as food waste.

Large scrap metal ONLY

  • "Large" is defined as a piece of scrap metal too big to fit in the trunk of a car. Examples: swing sets, barbecue grills, bikes, treadmills, lawn mowers, snow blowers.
  • Drain any oil, gas and other fluids and remove tires.
  • Smaller scrap metal can be dropped off at Hennepin County Problem Materials Center, 1400 West 96th Street.

Mattresses/box springs

Unusable furniture

  • Chairs, couches and sofas, etc.
  • Disassemble or tie down hide-a-way sofa beds so they cannot open when handled.          

Materials NOT accepted at the curb

The following items will be NOT collected by Curbside Cleanup crews. See below for options for disposing of these items.

Construction items 

  •     No contractor materials, railroad ties, concrete, bricks, shingles.
  •     No asbestos.


  •     No TVs, computers, stereos.

Hazardous waste

  •     No paints, motor oil, solvents.
  •     No fluorescent light bulbs.
  •     No propane tanks.
  •     No household chemicals.

Plumbing fixtures

  •     No tubs, sinks, toilets.

Recyclable materials

  •     No newspapers, cans, glass, corrugated cardboard, boxboard, plastic bottles.

Small scrap metal   

  •     No small scrap metal.
  •     "Small" is defined as a piece of scrap metal that you can fit in the trunk of a car.
  •     Small scrap metal can be dropped off at Hennepin County Problem Materials Center, 1400 West 96th Street.

Tires, batteries

  •     No tires, batteries.

Yard waste, organic materials   

  •     No leaves, grass clippings, sod, stumps, logs, etc.
  •     No food waste.                        

Reusable items

Do you have any items that are still reusable? Instead of sending these items to a landfill, please consider donating them so someone else can use them.

How popular is Curbside Cleanup?

CategoryAverage quantities
Trash1,758 tons (3,516,436 pounds!) per year
Brush47 tons (94,004 pounds) per year
Scrap metal14 tons (28,164 pounds) per year
Appliances3,061 appliances per year

Options for unaccepted materials

South Hennepin Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-Off Center

1400 West 96th Street.

  • Hazardous waste: paints, motor oil, solvents and other household chemicals.
  • Tires and batteries.
  • Electronic goods: TVs, computers, stereos.
  • SMALL NON-REFILLABLE propane cylinders - 1 pound canisters (look for DOT-39 on the label).
  • Recyclable materials: Bottles, cans, paper.
  • Gas appliances: camper/other refrigerators, air conditioners - call ahead.

Hennepin County A-Z How to Get Rid of It" guide

Use this web link for these and other items not accepted during the citywide curbside cleanup or at the Hennepin County Problem Materials Center.

  • Concrete/bricks.
  • Porcelain (Tubs, sinks, toilets etc.).
  • Shingles (No asbestos).
  • Leaves, grass clippings, sod.
  • Stumps.