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Municipal Services Staff

Todd Reiten
Director of Municipal Services

Lena Larson
Municipal Services Coordinator



Garbage and Recycling Collection

The city of Farmington is among the nearly 30 percent of communities in Minnesota that have organized garbage and recycling collection services.

City-owned garbage collection

There are two types of collection systems; open and organized. In an open collection system, customers choose their own waste hauler. In an organized system, waste hauling services are coordinated by a public entity. Organized collection service benefits include reduced wear and tear on streets, reduced traffic, pollution, and noise. Same day pickup in neighborhoods provides aesthetic benefits (carts at the curb just once a week), increased recycling capture rates, and excellent customer service.
Farmington is unique among those communities with organized collection because the city owns and operates the automated trucks that provide residents and businesses with an efficient and cost effective service. Instead of being dumped in a landfill, garbage collected by the city is delivered to Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Center, where it is processed into fuel for electricity generation.

Single sort recycling, yard waste service, temporary dumpsters, and pickups for large items are provided by a private contractor, currently Dick’s Sanitation, elected through a proposal process.

Garbage cart size options

A number of personal factors affect how much garbage you generate. Farmington garbage customers can choose the size that best fits their needs.

Is the size you have working for you?

Three sizes - 30, 60, and 90 gallon - or a combination of carts are available. If you frequently have more garbage than what fits in your cart or way too much space in your cart every week, there are options available that may save you money. One option is to increase your garbage service level. Visit the garbage collection fees web page for rates.

Call Utility Billing to setup or change service, 651-280-6883. You can change your cart size once a year without paying a service fee.

Recycling collection

Recycling is beneficial to the environment and can help reduce your garbage service needs. Recycling markets are rapidly growing and items are added to the list of acceptable materials regularly!

Farmington residents report recycling more and being satisfied with the capacity of their recycling cart. However, if you have noticed that your recycling cart consistently does not hold all of your recyclables until collection day, first make sure you are breaking down your recycling so it takes up the least amount of space possible in the cart. If your cart is still overflowing every other week, you can request a larger one by calling DSI at 952-469-2239.

For current information on what you can recycle, visit

Farmington garbage collection history

Here’s a brief history of garbage collection services in Farmington.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day
Saturday, September 10, 2016
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
City of Farmington Maintenance Facility
19650 Municipal Drive

The Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day is partially funded by the
Farmington City Council, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Details about accepted items will be available soon.









City of Farmington • 430 Third Street • Farmington, MN 55024 • 651-280-6800