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garbage, recycling and organics recycling carts

Spring cleanup canceled

The spring cleanup, originally scheduled for June 6, 2020, has been canceled to ensure the safety of residents and staff due to COVID-19. Updates on disposal options for items typically collected at the event are now available on the event page.

Accessing compostable bags and purchasing extra garbage stickers

Residents can still pickup/purchase the following while city buildings are closed to the public:

  • Compostable bags, which are provided at no extra cost to participants of the organics program for the collection of food scraps and compostable materials.
  • Extra garbage stickers, which are required to be placed on extra bags of household garbage that do not fit inside your garbage cart. The cost for extra garbage stickers is $3 each.

Contact city hall at 952.924.2500 or to arrange pickup of bags or purchase of extra garbage stickers.

Temporary change to cart set-out requirements for households with collection at the curb

Beginning Monday, March 23 and until further notice, residents who have city solid waste collection at the curb are asked to follow these new, temporary guidelines on their collection day:

  1. Set out carts by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day, the time of day your cart is collected could change.
  2. Place carts so the front is facing outward toward the street (please do not put your cart in the street). The front of the cart is the side opposite the hinges, which opens as you lift the lid.
  3. Place carts 2 feet from each other.
  4. Make sure carts have 2 feet of clearance from other objects (cars, mailboxes, trees, etc.).

Note: Your collection day does not change. Those with alley collection do not need to make any changes at this time. Those paying Waste Management for walk-up service will still receive the service.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated as Waste Management is making temporary changes to the collection of solid waste as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The spacing will allow Waste Management to use an automated truck. These trucks may need to be moved to different routes based on needs as our hauler adjusts to impacts on staffing levels, which is why we are asking that any household with collection at the curb follow these new spacing guidelines until we go back to collection as usual. As a reminder, carts in St. Louis Park should not be placed in the street or sidewalk.

Residential solid waste program 

St. Louis Park provides curbside collection of garbage, recycling, organics and yard waste for single-family residential properties, which includes multiplex housing with two to four units (five to eight unit buildings have the option to opt-in).

Yard waste collection is seasonal and begins April 6, 2020. View guidelines for setting out yard waste for collection.

View our guides and recycling calendar below or request copies by contacting public works at 952.924.2562 or

Missed pickup

If you believe your residential garbage, recycling, organics or yard waste pickup has been missed, contact:

Note: If sending an email, please make sure to include your name, address, phone number and indicate whether it was your garbage, recycling, organics or yard waste that was missed.

Recycling Champions

Are you interested in learning more and educating others about recycling? Become a Recycling Champion!

Small businesses and multifamily properties

Small businesses and multifamily properties (up to eight units) can participate in the city’s residential solid waste collection programs. For more information, go to the small business and multifamily recycling page.

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