Trash Collection Details Take Shape
Sunday, May 20, 2018 9:45 AM


Saint Paul has started the countdown to coordinated trash collection. Here's what is penciled in:

  • May: Residents should have received a brochure in the mail providing general information. Residents also receive a second mailing -- a postcard -- asking them to select which service and size of cart they want.
  • June 1: Deadline to mail back the postcard. This locks in your frequency of service and size of cart.
    • If you didn't get a postcard or can't find it or didn't mail it back in time, call 888-287-7998 from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. BEFORE FRIDAY JUNE 8. You may have to wait on hold or leave a message; leave your name, address, daytime phone number, the size of cart you want, how often you want your trash picked up (see the four options below), and where you garbage currently is picked up (such as curbside in front of your house, curbside on the side of your house, or alley).  And don't worry about not having the Cart Selection ID code the city website says you need. They can work around that.
    • If you currently have trash service and don't return the postcard, you will be renewed automatically with weekly service with the same size cart you have now.
    • If you currently do not have trash service and do not return the postcard, you will be signed up automatically for weekly service with a 65-gallon cart.
    • If you don't like your cart size, you are not stuck with it for life; you will be able to change cart sizes early in 2019.
  • August: City announces which haulers serve which parts of which neighborhoods.
  • August-September: Carts arrive.
  • September: Haulers send the bill for the first three months of service.
  • Oct. 1: Coordinated collection starts.

The city is dividing service among 11 haulers. Each hauler will handle every single-family home, duplex, and apartment building (up to four units) within a designated geographic area. For most of the city, trash and recycling will be picked up on the same day. (In Como, that would mean Fridays.) Residents have four service options (prices includes tax and other fees):

  • 35-gallon cart, picked up every other week: $20.28 per month
  • 35-gallon cart, picked up every week: $23.44 per month
  • 65-gallon cart, picked up every week: $32.03 per month
  • 95-gallon cart, picked up every week: $34.15 per month

Bills are sent quarterly, which means we pay for three months of service in advance. Property owners are responsible for the bill. In addition, an administrative fee of $24.60 per year is added to property tax bills.
For more information, see the city's Garbage web page or download the PDF from the right column.

Updated June 4, 2018

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