The Division of Solid Waste & Recycling provides service to approximately 290,000 residents in 110,000 dwelling units. This includes all 1-4 unit residential buildings, and any buildings with five or more units that contract with the City for solid waste services. Crews also collect garbage and recyclables from an additional 40 City buildings, and from 500 litter containers placed at Bus Shelters and Transtops throughout the city.
Services are provided by City of Minneapolis crews, and a consortium of private garbage haulers, Minneapolis Refuse Incorporated (MRI). The City and MRI each collect from approximately half of the city.
The primary source of funding is the Solid Waste Base Fee and Disposal Fees charged on the Public Works Utility Bill.
Residential garbage is collected weekly. The Division of Solid Waste & Recycling also collects garbage from 500 litter containers, and City buildings including fire and police stations. Learn more.
Large Item Collection
Each customer may set out two large items per week. Burnable large items are collected weekly with the garbage.
Large items that are at least 50% metal, such as aluminum storm doors and filing cabinets, are collected every other week on recycling day and delivered to a scrap metal dealer for recycling.
Major appliances, such as air conditioners and refrigerators, are collected every other week on recycling day. After collection, PCB-laden capacitors and fluorescent light ballasts are removed for disposal at a hazardous waste facility. Mercury switches are removed for recycling. Freon is removed, filtered and reused in city air-conditioning equipment. The appliances are then sent to a scrap metal dealer to be recycled. Learn More.
Newspapers, metal cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, magazines, household batteries, phone books, office paper, dry-food boxboard, household batteries, and corrugated cardboard are collected biweekly for recycling. Approximately 90% of the households served by Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling participate.
See yearly tonnage information.
Yard Waste Collection
Leaves, brush, grass clippings and other yard trimmings are collected for composting weekly from April through November, weather permitting. Learn more.
The Division of Solid Waste & Recycling operates the South Transfer Station for drop off of excess garbage, paving and construction materials, and tires. Minneapolis residents are eligible for:
- Six vouchers per year for disposal of excess garbage, appliances, or construction and demolition debris.
- Two vouchers per year for tire disposal (8 tires per voucher).
The concrete and asphalt collected are both reused. Concrete is stockpiled during the winter months, and then crushed and used as a granular road bed. Asphalt is also crushed and used in varying amounts for new paving projects. Learn More.
Clean City Programs
Solid Waste & Recycling offers many partnership opportunities for residents to clean and improve the livability of their own community. Clean City Programs recognize that partnerships between the City and its residents are a powerful force in improving our neighborhoods. Neighborhood groups, as well as proactive individuals, do what they do best: provide people power and the desire to make a difference. Learn More.
Last updated Jan. 20, 2012