Coordinated Collection






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Quick facts on Coordinated Collection

First Amendment to the Contract - Billing Timeline Adjustment: December 20, 2018

Property will continue to receive quarterly statements (every three months); however the invoices will now be mailed the 5th day of the first month of quarterly service, not the original timing of the 20th day of the month prior. 

In 2019, property owners should see their quarterly garbage bills in January, April, July, and October.  The new bills will be due the 25th of the billing month. 

The contract amendment can be viewed here.

Coordinated Collection Update: November 27, 2017

We have a signed contract with St. Paul Haulers, LLC., a consortium of all  of our current haulers.

A public hearing on Coordinated Collection was held on July 19, 2017. At this meeting, the Council heard a staff report and public comment. Council voted to hold over to the July 26 City Council meeting to vote on the proposed resolution. The resolution is a recommendation from city staff to accept the hauler proposal, which will kick off the transition and implementation process. On July 26 the City Council voted to direct staff to negotiate a final contract with the haulers.  The Council will review and may  approve the final contract on October 4, 2017 at a regular City Council meeting.  The Council approved a resolution extending the negotiation period until November 8.  At the November 8 City Council meeting Council voted to accept the final negotiated contract with the Saint Paul haulers.  Following the vote, the current haulers established the St. Paul Haulers, LLC. which signed the contract with the City. 

A Letter from Council President Stark about Coordinated Collection

Our work began with a set of community led Council priorities, and we believe we have achieved most of them. The proposal retains all the current local and small haulers that do business in Saint Paul.

Key highlights of the contract include:

  • All current, local and small haulers will provide service
  • Consistent, and high quality customer service throughout the city 
  • Large item collection is included for all households
    • This includes: 2 or 3 bulky items (appliances, mattresses, electronics, furniture, etc.) per a year depending on your cart size and holiday tree collection
    • Should result in a reduction in illegal dumping
  • Less truck traffic – 1 hauler will be providing service to each neighborhood
    • Resulting in less noise and air pollution and safer alleys
  • Stable, uniform, and reasonable rates
  • Easy access for all residents – all households will have service - with set prices
  • Walk up service will be available for the elderly and people with disabilities
  • Wage standards that include a $20 per an hour minimum wage for drivers
  • Easy and consistent billing process

Negotiation Details:

  • 15 Licensed residential haulers
  • Nearly 50 meetings since August of 2016
  • 7 Proposals
  • 10 Draft Contracts
  • Final contract meets priorities set by the City Council
  • This contract is a result of a negotiated process as required by Minnesota Statutes, not a Request For Proposals (RFP).  


  • 2016 -  The City gathered resident input and decided to move forward on Coordinated Collection.
  • July 19, 2017 – City Council  Public Hearing
  • July 26, 2017 - City Council Meeting and Adoption of Recommended Proposal
  • August 2017 –   Formal contract negotiations begin
  • November 2017 - City Council Approval of Final Contract
  • November 2017-Summer/Fall 2018 – Implementation planning
  • October 2018 - Citywide Coordinated Collection Begins

This contract provides a solid base to transition the city to Coordinated Collection and meets the priorities that the Council laid out for the negotiating team.  See Final ContractFinal Contract Exhibits, and First Amendment.

 Coordinated Collection Overview:

Currently, Saint Paul residents must find their own hauler to have their garbage picked-up.  Haulers don’t necessarily work in specific areas, so several different haulers may collect from a single block on multiple days of the week.  With Coordinated Collection, collection zones are established and residents don’t need to sign up for collection – a hauler is already assigned and a standard price is already set.  All single family through 4-plex residential properties will be part of this new system.

Coordinated Collection priorities and benefits:

We reached out to residents seeking their input on garbage collection. Thousands of residents responded and here are the results of their priorities:  

Consistent, and high quality customer service throughout city. Residents shared that they want consistent quality customer service. Coordinated Collection provides the opportunity to create consistent service throughout the City.  Residents will receive an invoice for services directly from their hauler.

Stable, uniform rates and reasonable, low cost. Residents shared that they want stable, uniform rates at a reasonable and or low cost. The City found that there is a large gap in the price for similar services across the community. Coordinated Collection allows the City to negotiate collectively and ensure that residents are getting consistent service at a reasonable price throughout the city.

Reduction in illegal dumping. When people choose not to sign up for garbage service they often find other ways to dispose of their garbage, including illegal dumping. In many neighborhoods, small and large items are left on the roadside, in the alley, or in public spaces resulting in unsightly messes. These messes impact the entire community by decreasing property values, harming the environment, and costing the City over $300,000 a year to clean up. Having standard service throughout the City reduces the need for residents to illegally dump their garbage.

Less truck traffic. Some alleys and streets have multiple trucks drive down them each day of the week to pick up garbage. We currently have 15 haulers driving across the city, sometimes picking up only a few stops in different parts of the City. This traffic creates unnecessary noise, alley and street wear and tear, additional exhaust, and safety issues. Creating a coordinated system means one truck per week serves each alley or street for garbage collection.

Reduction in garbage burning. The City receives complaints throughout the year that residents are burning garbage. Burning is illegal, and impacts entire neighborhoods and our environment. Having standard service throughout the City eliminates the need for residents to burn their garbage.

Easy access for all residents. Saint Paul is home to new residents from throughout the world. Having a standard built in service allows all residents to receive consistent service at a uniform rate, not based on their ability to negotiate lower prices.


Coordinated Collection Options Committee: Dissolved

  • April 20, 2017 - Meeting #1

 4-20-17 Agenda      Talking Points and Notes

  • June 21, 2017 - Meeting #2

6-21-17 Agenda      Term Sheet      Q&A for Organized Cities 


More info on how we got here:

Community input - Open Saint Paul
Organized Trash Collection Report on Community Input and Draft Goals
Organized Trash Collection Executive Summary
Organized Trash Collection Resolution - Directing the Public Works Department to solicit input from residents to develop draft goals and objectives for implementing a system of organized trash collection. 
Organized Trash Collection Resolution - Accepting "Organized Trash Collection in Saint Paul: Report on Community Input and Draft Goals and
Objectives" from the Saint Paul Department of Public Works.

Coordinated Collection Resolution - Directing the Public Works Department to negotiate a final contract with current Saint Paul haulers.

Coordinated Collection Resolution - Accepting a final contract with the Saint Paul haulers.