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Garbage collection

Residential garbage is collected every week. Find your collection day, and then follow these guidelines to ensure your garbage is picked up: 

  • Set your garbage out by 7 a.m.
  • Carts cannot be placed in the street, alley or on a sidewalk.
  • Garbage must fit inside your cart with the lid completely closed.
  • Extra bags of garbage must be marked with a $3 extra garbage sticker

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

Waste Management is making temporary changes to the collection of solid waste as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Until further notice, residents who have city solid waste collection at the curb are asked to follow these guidelines on their collection day:

  • Set out carts by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day, the time of day your cart is collected could change.
  • 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.
  • Place carts 2 feet from each other. 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.

The spacing will allow Waste Management to use an automated truck. These trucks may need to be moved to different routes, so any household with collection at the curb should 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. 

Every-other-week collection 

Residents who sign up for this service will have their garbage collected every-other-week on the same week as recycling. This service level is available only to residents who have 30 or 20-gallon carts and who participate in organics recycling or manage food scraps through backyard composting.

Households who sign up for this service will have an orange sticker applied to the front of their garbage cart by Waste Management to identify it as a cart that receives service every-other-week. Please do not remove this sticker.

See information below about changing your garbage service level.

Changing cart size or service level 

You can increase or decrease the size of your garbage cart or change your garbage service level from weekly to every-other-week by completing the garbage cart selection form or calling utility billing at 952.924.2111. To pay your utility bill, go to utility billing.

Missed pickup

If you believe your pickup has been missed, contact Waste Management at 763.783.5423 or email

Appliances, electronics and bulky item collection

Curbside collection of appliances, electronics and bulky items can be arranged by calling Waste Management at 763.783.5423. This includes items such as large broken toys, carpet, mattresses, furniture and construction or remodeling materials, including wood. This also includes items that must be recycled such as electronics, TVs, appliances and microwaves. Residents must prepay Waste Management for a bulky item collection.

For a list of facilities that accept trash, carpet, bulky items, remodeling debris and more, visit Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide. Be sure to always call ahead to any location listed for hours, fees and special requirements, especially while businesses are adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Garbage hold request

If your property will be vacant for four or more consecutive weeks, you can request to place your garbage and recycling collection on hold. To qualify for a garbage hold, the following conditions must be met:

  • The property must be vacant for a minimum of four consecutive weeks.
  • You must notify utility billing two weeks before the property is vacant.
  • All carts must be in a location where they are not visible to the hauler.

To request a hold, complete the garbage hold request form or contact utility billing at 952.924.2111.

For vacancies longer than a year, a new form must be submitted each year. 

Walk-up service

Walk-up service is an optional service for residents who may not be able to set their recycling cart out at the curb or alley. Waste Management can collect your garbage cart from a different location on your property for an extra fee.

Sign up by calling Waste Management at 763.783.5423.


Walk-up service is billed directly to residents on an annual basis by Waste Management.

  • Weekly rate —$5 per month plus taxes and fees
  • Every-other-week rate — $3 (only available to residents who have signed up for every-other-week garbage collection service)

Note: Walk-up service is also offered for organics and recycling ($5 and $3 per month plus taxes and fees). 


St. Louis Park is required by law to give its residents the following information word for word:

You may be responsible for any liability that results from contamination at a facility where your waste has been deposited. Minnesota believes that its waste management system provides substantially more financial and environmental protection than depositing waste in landfills in other states. Managing your waste in Minnesota may minimize your potential liability.

The city’s garbage hauler, Waste Management, only disposes of waste at facilities that are fully permitted and licensed. These facilities are fully compliant with all local, state and federal regulations governing financial and environmental protection. Waste Management complies with specific disposal requirements found in their Service Agreements and County Waste Delivery Agreements. St. Louis Park's single-family residential mixed municipal solid waste collected by Waste Management is disposed of at the following facility:

Hennepin Energy Resource Company (HERC)
505 6th Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55405
Type of Facility: Mass Burn Waste-to-Energy
MPCA Permit Number: SW-396