Public Works

Solid Waste & Recycling

309 2nd Ave S., Room 210
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2281

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Shovel Out Your Garbage & Recycling Carts and Save Money

You want your garbage gone regardless of the season. Unfortunately, garbage and recycling carts get stuck in snow or ice and are hard to move increasing the potential for worker injuries. Sometimes carts can not be emptied at all.

You can solve the problem and save money, too! Here's how:Snow Cart - Casper

1. Clear a path 36" (3 feet) wide from your garbage and recycling carts to the alley or street.  Make sure they can be moved freely.  Please do not shovel snow from around your carts into the alley as it can make collection difficult for our crews, it makes maneuvering alleys difficult for you and your neighbors, and it is not allowed per City ordinance 427.150

2. Make sure your garbage and recycling cart are shoveled out the night before your collection day.

3. A heavy snowfall within 48 hours of your garbage collection day may make it impossible to shovel out in time.  We understand, but please make sure your cart is shoveled out by the following collection day.

4. If your garbage and recycling carts are stuck in snow and ice on your collection day, and it has not snowed or stormed within 48 hours, we will shovel out your carts so your garbage and recycling can be collected.  Your account will be charged a $30 fee per cart shoveled for this service.

Frozen Garbage

Please bag your garbage.  Unbagged garbage can freeze in the cart making it difficult to empty.  Bagging the garbage will keep your cart cleaner and help us do our jobs more efficiently.

If You Have Curb Pickup

If your garbage and recycling is picked up at the curb, please do not block sidewalks with garbage and recycling carts.  A clear path between the carts/bins and the street must be available on collection day.

Keep Lids Closed

Make sure lids are closed on your carts.  Melting snow and rain can easily fill a cart and make them overweight.  Overweight carts may cost an additional service fee to empty.

If you are unable to shovel the path around your carts, you will need to hire someone to shovel for you.  Check the local yellow pages under "Snow Removal Services", or some community organizations can shovel out garbage carts for a fee. It will be cheaper than Solid Waste & Recycling shoveling then out.

Questions about Minneapolis winter parking rules?  Call (612) 348-SNOW.

Last updated Nov 19, 2015