Extra week added for yard pickup, street sweeping to help clean up leaves falling late in the season

Because so many trees are still dropping leaves late in the season this year, the City of Minneapolis is extending both street sweeping and yard waste pickup for residents one more week, to help keep our neighborhoods clean.

Yard waste pickup now ends week of Nov. 25

The final yard waste pickup will be one week later than originally planned, to give folks extra time to rake up leaves which have fallen late this year. That means the last pickup for residents will be your regular trash day on the week of Nov. 25. Please note that because there’s no collection on Thanksgiving, the pickups for Thursday and Friday of that week will happen on Friday and Saturday.

Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers can set compostable bags of yard waste, bundles of brush and reusable yard waste containers next to their garbage cart by 6 a.m. on their garbage collection day. Branches and leaves must be tied with string or twine, bagged in a compostable bag or placed loose in a reusable container. Branches must be less than three inches each in diameter and less than three feet long. Bundles must weigh less than 40 pounds. All compostable bags and reusable containers must be 33 gallons or less and weigh less than 40 pounds.

Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers should remember that all bagged yard waste put out for collection must now be in compostable bags – either Kraft (paper) bags or compostable plastic bags – or reusable containers. Anyone who prefers not to purchase compostable bags may place unbagged yard waste in a reusable container with sturdy handles. Other options include dropping off yard waste at a compost facility and taking the bag back home, or composting yard waste at home and using the nutrient-rich compost for gardens and lawns.

As you complete your yard cleanup for the season, you can help keep our city clean by raking leaves out of the streets whenever you can. Also, clear out the storm drains and catch basins of leaves, branches and other debris. Our crews will do their best to get as much as they can when they come through, and every little bit you can do will help them out.

For questions about leaf and brush pickup, call 612-673-2917 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit www.minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste/yardwaste.

Street sweeping extended one more week to re-sweep some streets

Street sweeping across the entire city takes about four weeks in the fall, and since so many leaves have fallen late this year, crews will extend the fall street sweep one week to re-visit some areas that were early in the schedule, where many more leaves have fallen since the sweeping. That means scheduled street sweeping has been extended through Friday, November 22.

To make sure the sweepers can do the best job possible, as usual, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow the temporary parking restrictions or their cars may be ticketed and towed.

Making it easy to follow parking rules:

Clean streets mean a healthier environment

Minneapolis is known for its sparkling lakes and waterways, and we want to keep it that way. That’s why protecting and enhancing our environment is one of the City’s top priorities. Street sweeping is one way we work to protect our environment because it keeps leaves and debris from clogging our storm drains and polluting our lakes and rivers. It also helps keep our neighborhoods clean and livable.

Minneapolis streets are swept completely curb to curb once in the spring and once in the fall. Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways, can cause safety hazards, and is against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae. 

Published Nov. 15, 2013