Yard waste collection begins on your garbage day the week of April 11

April 4, 2022
Compostable bags and a reusable container that Solid Waste & Recycling customers can use for yard waste collection

The 2022 season for Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling collection of leaves, brush and other yard trimmings starts the week of April 11. Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers can set properly prepared yard waste at their alleys or curbs next to their garbage carts by 6 a.m. on their garbage day.

Customers can set yard waste out in a reusable container, compostable bags (paper or certified compostable plastic – look for the BPI logo), or bundled with string or twine.

  • Reusable containers must be 32-38 gallons in size and 26-32 inches high with sturdy handles.
  • Each container, bag or bundle must weigh less than 40 pounds.
  • Bundled brush and branches must be less than 3 inches in diameter and cut to less than 3 feet.

Bags marked “biodegradable” or “degradable” don’t meet the State law requirement and are not accepted.

Solid Waste & Recycling crews can’t pick up dirt, soil, sod, stumps, trees, or branches wider than 3 inches in diameter or longer than 3 feet.

Nobody should rake leaves into the street. It’s against the law and bad for our lakes, creeks and river.

For questions about leaf and brush pickup, customers can check the City website or call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Protecting pollinators

Bees often nest in broken stems of plants, and butterflies overwinter in leaf piles. The City encourages gardeners and landscapers to leave yard waste untouched until daytime temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees (mid-April or early May) to protect pollinators.