Public Works

Solid Waste & Recycling

309 2nd Ave S., Room 210
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2281

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Who we are

The Division of Solid Waste & Recycling provides garbage, recycling, organics recycling, large item and yard waste collection service and provides customers with drop-off vouchers to dispose of excess waste at the City's South Transfer Station. Services are provided to approximately 290,000 residents in 107,000 dwelling units.This includes all 1-4 unit residential buildings, less than 200 larger residential or commercial properties, residential parks, and municipal buildings. Crews also pick up 500 litter containers placed at bus shelters and throughout the city. Solid Waste & Recycling also provides garbage and recycling services for private and City sponsored events, and manages Clean City Minneapolis, a catalog of community beautification programs, including graffiti enforcement and abatement.   

Collection services are provided by City of Minneapolis crews, and a consortium of private garbage haulers, Minneapolis Refuse Incorporated (MRI). City and MRI each collect from approximately half of the city. Customers are charged for the service on their City of Minneapolis utility bill each month. See billing for more information. 

Our 2019 Fact Sheet provides an overview of all Solid Waste & Recycling services.

Waste collected

The City contracts for the processing of materials collected.

A contractor is hired for day-to-day operations at the South Transfer Station and to manage garbage and construction and demolition debris collected at the site.

In 2018, a total of 141,450 tons of material were collected by Solid Waste & Recycling. This includes excess garbage and construction and demolition debris brought to the South Transfer Station. The breakdown of waste is as follows:

Total diversion for 2018 was 36.99%. (Waste-to-energy is not counted as diverted.)

Click here to see statistics for the past three years.  For additional information, please contact our office or fill out a request for public data.

Studies and Reports

Recent Solid Waste & Recycling studies and reports include:

Program milestones

For additional information, consultant studies or reports, contact our office or submit a request for public data.

Last updated Feb 1, 2019

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Salary Compliance Notice:
State statute 471.701; Notice of Salary Compliance, requires that the City post for not less than 90 days
the job title of the three highest paid employees along with their base salary. For 2018 these were:
1. City Attorney, $186,490
2. Assistant City Coordinator Convention Center, $183,600
3. Director Public Works, $181,191

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