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