Citywide Curbside Cleanup
New plan for managing bulky items starts in 2022
After months of digital community engagement, a survey and community listening sessions, the City Council approved a new plan for handling bulky waste items in a more sustainable way than the Curbside Cleanup program of the past. The purpose behind the new program and the added activities, listed below, is to reuse and recycle more, and landfill less. The new plan and activities begin this year, including changes to the spring Curbside Cleanup with limited items accepted.
Changes in the new program include:
A Curbside Cleanup event that will take place every other year, on even years only, starting in 2022.
Small items that can fit in a small garbage cart will no longer be accepted during the cleanup, read more on these items below in 2022 Curbside Cleanup guidelines.
A new annual drop-off event in the fall for recyclable materials will be open to all Bloomington residents.
Swap events in the summer for exchanging items such as sporting goods or gardening tools will be open to all Bloomington residents.
The City is also exploring options to have a regular pickup of reusable bulky items for customers with City garbage and recycling.
To learn more about the process for making the transition, visit blm.mn/bulky.
- New! Curbside Cleanup will be held every two years, on even years only.
- If Citywide Curbside Cleanup is listed on your utility bill, 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.
- Do not put materials out more than two days before your scheduled pickup day.
- Set your materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on your pickup day.
- Weight must not exceed 100 pounds per item.
- Trucks will go through only once on your scheduled day. If you miss your curbside pickup, you will be responsible for disposing of the refuse. You can also call Utility Billing at 952-563-8726 and see if you can schedule a bulky materials pickup for an extra fee.
- Curbside Cleanup is for Bloomington residents ONLY. Excess materials could cost you more money!
New in 2022, Curbside Cleanup will be held every other year, on even years only. Small items like clothing, bedding, broken toys and garden hoses will not be accepted during Curbside Cleanup. Instead, you should dispose these items throughout the year in your regular garbage cart. Regular garbage is sent to the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center—a waste-to-energy facility in downtown Minneapolis. Garbage picked up during the Curbside Cleanup is taken to a landfill. By disposing of small items throughout the year in your regular garbage, you will reduce the amount of material that is sent to the landfill and the annual disposal costs associated with this program.
To ensure sustainability and reduce costs, items limits are in place and will be enforced. Item quantity limits are specified below. Any items exceeding the specified limits will remain on the curb and residents will need to arrange for bulk material disposal. Excess materials will cost you more. The following items will be accepted at the curb.
- Limit TWO (2) appliances per house.
- 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.
- Do not set out appliances until the morning of your pickup.
- No electronics (TVs, computers, printers, stereos, cell phones etc.)
Mattresses or box springs
- Limit TWO (2) items per household.
- Mattresses and box springs are accepted.
- Limit TWO (2) items per household
- Chairs, couches and sofas, etc.
- Disassemble or tie down hide-a-way sofa beds so they cannot open when handled.
- 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 (1) level standard-size pickup truck.
Other Bulky Items
- New! Limit FOUR (4) items that cannot fit in small garbage cart.
- Including but not limited to doors, windows, cabinets, grills, bikes, car seats, carpet, lawn mowers, snow blowers, treadmills, and swing sets.
- Roll up carpets and carpet pads and tie them securely with twine. Rolls must be less than five feet long and less than one (1) foot in diameter – larger rolls will not be accepted.
- For lawn mowers, snow blowers and other tools with engines: drain any oil, gas and other fluids and remove tires.
- Should be broken down to ensure hauler can get it in the truck and that a single person will be able to manage it.
Construction & Demolition Materials
- Limited to what fits in one (1) level standard-size pickup truck. A standard-size pickup truck is 8 feet in length, 4 feet in width and 2 feet in height.
- Including but not limited to drywall, siding and lumber.
- Lumber must be stacked and no longer than five feet.
- Remove or bend nails.
- Boxed or bundled with twine - under 100 pounds per item.
- No household trash such as food waste.
- No plastic bags.
- No railroad ties.
- No chemically treated lumber or wood (i.e. treated to waterproof material)
- No construction materials from businesses or contractors.
- No paint, solvents, chemicals or other hazardous waste.
The following items will NOT be collected by Curbside Cleanup crews. See below for options for disposing of these items.
New! No general junk pile and no small items
- No small items that can otherwise fit in a small garbage cart will be accepted. Small items like clothing, bedding, broken toys and garden hoses will not be accepted during Curbside Cleanup. Instead, you should dispose of these items throughout the year in your regular garbage cart. Regular garbage is sent to the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center—a waste-to-energy facility in downtown Minneapolis. Garbage picked up during the Curbside Cleanup is taken to a landfill. By disposing of small items throughout the year in your regular garbage, you will reduce the amount of material that is sent to the landfill and the annual disposal costs associated with this program.
Construction items from businesses or contractors
- No construction materials from businesses or contractors.
- No railroad ties, chemically treated wood, 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.
- No paints, motor oil, solvents.
- No fluorescent tubes and bulbs.
- No propane tanks.
- No household chemicals.
- No tubs, sinks, toilets or hot tubs.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Leaves, grass clippings, sod.
- Porcelain (Tubs, sinks, toilets etc.).
- Shingles (No asbestos).
Do you have any items that are still usable? Instead of sending these items to a landfill, please consider donating them so someone else can use them. Click for a list of organizations that accept donations of reusable items.
Usable items are items you would feel comfortable giving to a friend or family member. These items are quality gently used and new items, fully-functioning, and free of rips, stains and pet hair.
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!
When rummagers 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 rummagers making a mess, call 911.