Garbage and Recycling FAQs

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Holiday garbage & 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 City News & Recreation Guide, and via Social Media. Sign up for garbage and recycling E-Notifications to receive email reminders.

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

Garbage & recycling collection route map

The background colors on the map indicate your garbage collection day. The red and gold street colors on the map reflect recycling collection schedules. Recycling is collected every other week on garbage collection day.

What do I do about a dirty cart?

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

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

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 garbage truck empties your garbage 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.
  • Keep it Clean: Bag and tie your garbage.
    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 to deodorize your garbage cart after it’s cleaned.

My garbage cart is broken, what do I do?

Call 651-280-6905 to request a repair.

My recycling cart is broken, what do I do?

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 waste is being hauled. The city of Farmington currently hauls waste to Specialized Environmental Technologies, Inc. in Empire Township, the Ramsey/Washington Recycling and Energy facility in Newport, and Pine Bend Landfill in Inver Grove Heights.

 

I missed my garbage 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).

 

I have extra garbage; what are my options?

Request a return trip, 651-280-6905, to have your garbage cart emptied (for a fee, 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).
Call DSI at 952-469-2239 to schedule collection of bulky/large items.

Temporary dumpsters are available for large projects.

What can I do with all of my cardboard?

If your cardboard boxes don’t fit in your recycling cart, you can set 3’x3’ bundles or broken down cardboard inside another box outside of your cart on your recycling day. Drop off containers are also available to residents. Please don’t leave cardboard outside of the containers.

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 garbage. 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 garbage, 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.
The Dakota County Sheriff, Attorney, and Environmental Management Offices, along with their law enforcement partners, have teamed together to offer the public a place to safely and anonymously dispose of medications in disposal receptacles.
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 locations:

Burnsville Police Department
100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville
952-895-4600
Farmington Police Department
Receptacle location in the lobby; open M-F from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
19500 Municipal Drive, Farmington
651-280-6700
Hastings Sheriff’s Office
Drive-Up Location in Front of Law Enforcement Center
1580 Highway 55, Hastings
651-438-4710
West St. Paul Police Department
1616 Humboldt Avenue, West St. Paul
651-552-4200

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
   651-905-4520

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 garbage.

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. If you have something not listed on the FAQ page, search the Dakota County’s Green Guide or call 651-280-6905.