Collection of leaves and brush


Considering the weather we had in April – snowstorms and cold – most folks haven’t started their yard cleanup yet. But the 2019 season for Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling collection of leaves, brush and other yard trimmings started the week of April 8.

Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers can set properly prepared yard waste at their alleys or curbs next to their garbage carts by 6 a.m. on garbage day.

Yard waste must be in compostable bags – paper (Kraft) or compostable plastic – or unbagged in a reusable container 26-32” high, no more than 26” wide, with sturdy handles. Reusable containers are lifted and emptied by hand; they must be easily managed. Yard waste is not allowed in City-provided garbage, recycling or organics recycling carts.

Preparing yard trimmings and leaves; less than 40 pounds. Preparing brush: less than 40 pounds, less than 3’ long, branch size less than 3” in diameter, and must be bundled with string or twine (no wire or tape). Reusable containers: less than 40 pounds full, between 26-32” high, no more than 26” in diameter and must have sturdy handles.

Which bags can be used in the program? Compostable plastic bags labeled with the BPI logo or paper (Kraft) bags. Bags marked “biodegradable” or “degradable” do not meet the State law and are not accepted.

It’s against the law and bad for our lakes, creeks and river to rake leaves into the street. For questions about leaf and brush pickup, customers can call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or check for info.