Shovel Out Your Garbage & Recycling Cart/Bin and Save Money
You want your garbage gone regardless of the season. Unfortunately, garbage and recycling carts/bins get stuck in snow or ice are hard to move and can injure the workers that are trying to empty them. Sometimes carts/bins can't be emptied at all.
You can solve the problem and save money, too! Here's how:
1. Clear a path 3 feet wide from your garbage and recycling cart/bin to the alley or street. Make sure they can be moved freely.
2. Make sure your garbage and recycling cart/bin 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 make sure your cart/bin is shoveled out by the following collection day.
4. If your garbage cart and recycling cart/bin are stuck in snow and ice on your collection day, and it hasn't snowed or stormed within 48 hours, we will shovel out your cart/bin so your garbage and recycling can be collected. Your account will be charged a $30 fee per cart/bin shoveled for this service.
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/bins. 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/bins. Melting snow and rain can easily fill a cart/bin and make them overweight. Overweight carts/bins may cost an additional service fee to empty.
If you are unable to shovel the path around your carts/bins, 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/bins 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. 29, 2012