Trash and Recycling FAQs

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Holiday trash & recycling collection schedule

The City of Farmington observes the holidays that are noted on the schedule below with residential holiday collection dates listed for each holiday:

Schedule reminders are also published in the Farmington Currents and via Social Media. Sign up for trash and recycling E-Notifications to receive email reminders.

Commercial routes will generally run on normal service days except on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

I have extra trash; what are my options?

Call DSI at 952-469-2239 to schedule collection of bulky/large items. bulky item price list

Request a return trip, 651-280-6905, to have your trash cart emptied (for a fee, starting at $15, which will be added to your utility bill).

Put additional bags out on your regular collection day (5 feet away) and your cart will be reloaded (fees apply and will be added to your utility bill, minimum $5).

What do I do about a dirty cart?

Housekeeping of the carts is the responsibility of the homeowner. If you bag your trash, maintenance should be minimal.

Many people forget that their trash cans need a good cleaning every now and then. Dirty trash cans can be coated with thick, disgusting, slimy ooze that has a very unappealing odor. If you don’t clean your trash cans, the slime will build up and create funky odors.

A stinky cart is also more likely to attract unwanted animals and flies. Squirrels and raccoons are attracted to the strong smell of a dirty cart and can chew through the plastic sides.

Tips for Cleaning

  • Empty and Wash: After the trash truck empties your trash cart, give it a good hose-down. Put a little soap in the cart, put the cart on its side, turn on the hose, and spray out the dirt. Adding ammonia, baking soda, or vinegar to a soapy solution will greatly cut down on smells.

  • How to get rid of maggots: On nice weather days, open the lid of the cart to allow the birds to eat the maggots. Spray the top and inside with vinegar. Cover maggots with lime, salt, vinegar to kill them, or dump boiling water in the can. Clean your cart using a solution of borax and water or vinegar and water. Alternatively, mild soaps can be used to clean your can. 

  • Keep it Clean: Bag and tie your trash. Tightly close the lid. Don’t overfill carts so that they don’t shut. If possible, keep it inside a shed or garage until your collection day. Consider waiting to put discarded food in the cart until collection day.

  • Deodorize it: If you choose, you can use ordinary household ingredients like baking soda, pulverized charcoal, or vanilla extract to deodorize your trash cart after it’s cleaned.

My trash/recycling/yard waste cart is broken, what do I do?

Trash cart: Call 651-280-6883 or email [email protected] to request a repair.

Recycling cart: Call 952-469-2239 to request a repair.

Yard Waste cart: Call 952-469-2239 to request a repair.

Where does the waste go? Notification of waste destination

Pursuant to the MN Waste Management Act Amendment Bill, all waste haulers are required to notify their customers annually of where their trash is being hauled. The City of Farmington currently hauls trash to Recycle Minnesota in Lakeville where it is transported to the Red Wing Solid Waste Campus at 1873 Bench St., Red Wing, MN 55066.

I missed my trash pickup; what can I do?

Call 651-280-6905 to request a return trip (for a fee).

I missed my recycling pickup; what can I do?

Call 952-469-2239 to request a return trip – or wait until your next pickup (extra recycling can be put in bags or reusable containers for no additional charge).

How do I get rid of my yard waste?

By state law, it is illegal to put yard waste in your cart with your household trash. You can purchase stickers through the Bag It-Tag It program, subscribe to the Curbside Yard Waste program, or haul it to a compost facility yourself.

I know I can’t put my hazardous household chemicals in the trash, but where can I take it?

The Recycling Zone is your place to get rid of stuff you can’t throw in the trash. From fluorescent light bulbs to plastic bags and cleaning supplies to lawnmowers—make The Recycling Zone your destination for proper disposal and recycling.

Where can I dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications?

Over-the-counter medications and prescriptions can pollute our waters and be harmful to humans, fish, and other wildlife when disposed of improperly – please do not flush medications down the toilet or place in the trash.

Take prescription and over-the-counter medications to select law enforcement drop-off locations in Dakota County to safely and anonymously dispose of them. Medicines from households are accepted in any form, including prescription, over-the-counter, and pet medications.

Disposal receptacles are at the following Dakota County locations:

Burnsville Police Department
100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville
Farmington Police Department
Receptacle location in the lobby; open M-F from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
19500 Municipal Drive, Farmington
Hastings Sheriff’s Office
Drive-Up Location in Front of Law Enforcement Center
1580 Highway 55, Hastings
West St. Paul Police Department
1616 Humboldt Avenue, West St. Paul

For more locations click here.

If you have questions regarding disposal after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, please call the Dakota Communications Center at (952) or (651)322-2323.

The items below are NOT accepted

  • Needles and sharps
  • Fever thermometers

These items are accepted for free, environmentally safe disposal at:
   The Recycling Zone
   3365 Dodd Road, Eagan

Where can I recycle my compact fluorescent light bulbs?

Fluorescent bulbs contain mercury which can harm health and the environment if not disposed of properly. Bring fluorescent TUBES to the Recycling Zone (free) or Pellicci ACE Hardware (fees apply). Compact fluorescent lights (NOT fluorescent tubes) are accepted for recycling at City Hall, the Rambling River Center, the Maintenance Facility, and Pellicci ACE Hardware. Do not place in the trash.

How do I get rid of something else not listed above?

Thank you for caring enough about the environment to find the best way to dispose of your items. The Recycling Guide is an easy-to-use guide to help you learn where to recycle, compost, or dispose of materials.

It offers useful information, options, and tips to reduce the amount of waste you generate, reuse goods to get the most out of them, and recycle items when they are no longer useful. Call ahead to verify the location, materials collected, and hours of operation.

About this directory

This information was compiled by Dakota County. For additional recyclers in your area, search online. Any recycler wishing to be added to this list may contact [email protected].


The information provided in this directory is compiled as a service to residents. A listing in this directory does not imply an endorsement of approval by Dakota County. All businesses listed in the directory are responsible for complying with all local, state, and federal laws pertaining to recycling, waste disposal, and environmental protection.

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