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.
Farmington is unique among those communities with organized collection because the city owns and operates the automated trucks that provide residents and businesses with an efficient and cost effective service. Instead of being dumped in a landfill, garbage collected by the city is delivered to Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Center, where it is processed into fuel for electricity generation.
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.