Garbage and recycling

Ballot questions: City-organized residential solid waste collection

Garbage cans

In this year’s State General Election (November 3, 2020), Bloomington residents will have the opportunity to vote on the future of City-organized residential solid waste collection within the city. There will be two questions on the ballot.

2020 Garbage and recycling calendar

Garbage and Recycling logo

All residential garbage and recycling collection is coordinated through the City.

Like more than 72 percent of cities nationwide, Bloomington's garbage and recycling services are implemented through an organized collection system. The City's program reduces the number of garbage trucks on your collection day, mitigates air and noise pollution, minimizes the wear and tear on the roadways and, in most cases, saves households money.

Pickup specifics and hauler info

All collection (garbage, recycling, yard waste, bulk items) will occur on the same day.  Please have materials out to the curb on your collection day before 7 a.m. All carts should be rolled to the curb or driveway – not placed in the street.

Garbage and recycling pickup zones

  • Monday: East city limit to Portland Avenue South
  • Tuesday: Portland Avenue South to Penn Avenue South
  • Wednesday: Penn Avenue South to France Avenue South
  • Thursday: France Avenue South to Normandale Blvd.
  • Friday: Normandale Boulevard to West city limit


Recycling is collected every other week on the same day as garbage. 

Bulky and electronic waste

Collection of special bulky items and electronic waste on available on an on-call basis. Refer to the pricing list for details.

Yard waste

Yard waste is a subscription service in the garbage and recycling program. 


Residents can bring their food scraps and non-recyclable paper to two City-sponsored organics drop-off sites. These sites are offered at NO ADDITIONAL COST to Bloomington residents!

2020 pricing

Fees are charged every other month on your utility bill. All taxes and fees are included in the unit pricing listed below.

Garbage (weekly pick up)
Small cart (30-38 gallons) Small cart (30-38 gallons) $11.97 / month, $23.93 bi-monthly (including Solid Waste Management State tax & Hennepin County fee)
Medium cart (60-68 gallons Medium cart (60-68 gallons) $16.00 / month, $32.00 bi-monthly (including State Solid Waste Management State tax & Hennepin County fee)
Large cart (90-98 gallons Large cart (90-98 gallons) $20.03 / month, $40.06 bi-monthly (including Solid Waste Management State tax & Hennepin County fee)
Trash overflow Trash overflow $5.21 / bag (including Solid Waste Management State tax & Hennepin County fee)
Small cart (30-38 gallons) Small cart (30-38 gallons) $11.82 bi-monthly
Medium cart (60-68 gallons Medium cart (60-68 gallons) $11.82 bi-monthly
Large cart (90-98 gallons) Large cart (90-98 gallons) $11.82 bi-monthly
Yard Waste
Full season subscription Service from April 15 to November 30 (dependent on weather) $82.71
Partial season subscription Sign up after August 1st (new customers only) $51.77
On-call service 1 sticker per bag; stickers sold at Civic Plaza $4.16
Christmas tree collection First full two weeks of January (per tree) $10.40
Christmas tree collection Collection outside of first two weeks of January $52.02
Bulky Pick Ups
Small items Less than 50 pounds (without freon) $31.21
Small items Less than 50 pounds (with freon) $31.21
Large appliances More than 50 pounds / more than 50% metal (without freon) $52.02
Large appliances More than 50 pounds / more than 50% metal (with freon) $52.02
Large items More than 50 pounds / less than 50% metal /may include holiday trees $52.02
Electronic pick-ups
Small items Less than 20 pounds, no screens or monitors $26.01
Large items More than 20 pounds, with screens or monitors $41.62
Citywide Curbside Cleanup
Citywide Curbside Cleanup Flat rate $4.42 / month, $8.84 bi-monthly

Minnesota Solid Waste Management Tax: The state requires the city to collect this residential tax on garbage services.  The tax is remitted to the state.  The residential tax rate is 9.75% and only applies to charges for garbage.  Learn more about the tax.

Hennepin County Solid Waste Management Fee:  The County requires the City to collect a residential fee on garbage services.  The fee is remitted back to the County.  The fee increased from 9% to 15.5% on April 1, 2019.  The fee was established in 1994 to fund environmental programs that protect human and environmental health.  Learn more about the fee online.

The tax and fee (total of 25.25%) are applied to charges for garbage only.  Recycling and yard waste collection and special electronics pick-ups are not subject to the state tax and county fee.


  • Online
  • By mail
  • At Civic Plaza
    • Customers can pay in person with the cashier in the Finance department, 2nd floor.
    • Drop boxes are located at both ends of the building and also in the west-side parking lot

The most cost effective way to pay your bill is to sign up with autopay from your checking or savings account, since postage isn't required. You will still receive a paper statement informing you of the amount to be drafted from your account on your due date.  ​​​​​

Billing during vacation/extended leave

Residents who will not need garbage, recycling or yard waste service for a minimum of four consecutive weeks may request for a suspension on collections. Residents requiring a suspension must inform the City at least a week in advance. Residents who request suspended services will see a difference on their next utility statement. You may contact the City's Utility Billing Department at 952-563-8726 or

Personalized options

Door-step collection

In addition to the yard waste options, Bloomington residents will have many other choices under the new system, including "door-step collection" for residents who are approved and require the service.

Residents with disabilities, limitations, or those who need assistance in transporting their refuse containers to the curb may apply for “door-step collection.” Containers will be set out to a location accessible to both resident and hauler. There will be an application process but is provided at no extra charge. City staff will verify the viability of the door-step request and will update your customer records.

Alternative garbage and recycling disposal

The Citywide garbage and recycling program requires all residents to participate in order to be successful. It is expected that residents have means to properly dispose of garbage, recycling and yard waste materials. An application is required in order to process the request.

Opting out means residents are not eligible for garbage, recycling, yard waste, bulky material collections or participation in the Citywide Curbside Cleanup Program.

Sharing garbage service is not an approved alternative collection method.

Curbside cleanup program