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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 Citywide Curbside Cleanup line item on your water bill. If Citywide Curbside Cleanup 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.       

Spring 2016 dates

  • Saturday, April 16 - West of Normandale (Friday garbage collection)
  • Saturday, April 23 - France to Normandale (Thursday garbage collection)
  • Saturday, April 30 - Penn to France (Wednesday garbage collection)
  • Saturday, May 7 - Portland to Penn (Tuesday garbage collection)
  • Saturday, May 14 - East of Portland (Monday garbage collection)

Program details

  • Do not put materials out more than two days before your scheduled pickup day.
  • Do not put items in plastic bags.
  • Set your materials at the curb by 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 pickup your refuse for a fee.
  • Volunteer assistance may be available for seniors or people with disabilities. Call Human Services at 952-563-8733, TTY 952-563-8740 for more information.
  • Curbside Cleanup is for Bloomington residents ONLY. Excess materials cost you money!    

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.

If your item needs repair, consider mending it. Attend Fix-It Clinics by repairing your items; it could prevent your items from going into the landfill!.

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 TWO appliances per house; no need to call ahead.
  • Do not set out appliances out until the morning of your pickup.
  • No electronics (TVs, computers, printers, stereos, cell phones etc.)


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

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.
  • Remove or bend nails.
  • No railroad ties.
  • No construction materials from businesses or contractors.
  • No paint, solvents, chemicals or other hazardous waste.

General junk

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

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 Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-Off Center, 1400 West 96th Street.

Mattresses/box springs

  • Mattresses and box springs are accepted.

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

Construction items 

  •     No construction materials from businesses or contractors. 
  •     No railroad ties, concrete, bricks, shingles.
  •     No asbestos.


  •     No TVs, computers, printers, stereos, cell phones etc.

Exceptionally heavy and bulky items

  • No heavy or bulky items such as pianos or organs.

Hazardous waste

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

Plumbing fixtures

  •     No tubs, sinks, toilets.

Recyclable materials

  •     No newspapers, mixed paper, boxboard, corrugated cardboard, cans, glass, plastic containers.

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 Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-Off 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.                        

For information on proper disposal options, visit Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide or call 612-348-3777.

How popular is Curbside Cleanup?

How does "over three million pounds of stuff cleaned up per year" strike you? Here are the average quantities of various materials picked up, 2010 – 2015...

  • Appliances – 1,039 units
  • Brush – 44 yards
  • Scrap metal – 2.56 tons (5,116 pounds)
  • Trash – 1,624 tons (3,248,000 pounds)

Options for unaccepted materials

South Hennepin Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-Off Center
1400 West 96th Street.

  • Electronic goods: TVs, computers, printers, stereos, cell phones etc.
  • Gas appliances: camper/other refrigerators, air conditioners - call ahead.
  • Hazardous waste: paints, motor oil, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, propane and other household chemicals.
  • Recyclable materials: Newspapers, mixed paper, boxboard, corrugated cardboard, cans, glass, and plastic containers.
  • SMALL NON-REFILLABLE propane cylinders - 1 pound canisters (look for DOT-39 on the label).
  • Tires and batteries.

Hennepin County Green Disposal Guide
Use this web link for these and other items not accepted during the Citywide Curbside Cleanup or at the Hennepin Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-Off Center.

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