Graphic of Citywide Garbage Service timeline

Early August 2018 – Collection Zone map will be published, and property owners and renters will receive a letter notifying them of their designated hauler, confirmed cart size(s) and garbage collection date.

Mid-August – September 30, 2018 – New city garbage carts are delivered. Please continue using your current carts! As the new citywide garbage service begins, garbage haulers will collect the current carts.

Late September – Homeowners receive the first quarterly bill for garbage service (Oct-Dec 2018) from their new designated haulers.

October 1, 2018 is the current target date to start the new citywide garbage service.

October 1  November 1, 2018 – Garbage haulers will collect the “old” carts from residents. Where possible the old garbage carts will be reused in other municipalities, re-purposed for parts or recycled.

New Garbage Logo

Who is required to participate in the citywide garbage program? 
The new City ordinance will require all residential property owners of 1-4 unit households, including rentals and townhomes, to participate in the citywide garbage services.

Who is providing the garbage services?
The City of Saint Paul is working closely with the group of licensed garbage haulers who are currently serving local residents to ensure a smooth transition to citywide garbage collection.

Why is Saint Paul transitioning its garbage program?
Most larger cities have coordinated collection programs because it is an efficient way to collect garbage for all residents. Standardizing residential garbage services has environmental and safety benefits that improve our neighborhoods, such as reduced traffic, pollution, illegal dumping, and wear and tear on streets and alleys.

When does the new citywide garbage program take effect?
Currently, Saint Paul residents must find their own hauler to have their garbage picked-up. Haulers don’t necessarily work in specific areas, so several different haulers may collect from a single block on multiple days of the week.Until October 1, 2018, you will need to contact a licensed residential garbage hauler for service.

Can I opt-out or share garbage services with my neighbor?
There is no opt-out option. The new City ordinance will require all property owners, including 1-4 unit rental properties, to have their own service.  If your household does not generate much garbage, we offer a small cart with service every other week.

When will I know who my hauler is going to be?
In early August, collection zone maps with designated haulers and collection days will mailed to homeowners and also available online with an interactive map.

General information about the change can be found here: Info