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Information about Saint Paul's Garbage Referendum Vote (November 5, 2019) on Ordinance 18-39:
WHO: All Saint Paul residents who are eligible to vote in the 2019 general election.
WHAT: Saint Paul residents can vote on whether to keep Ordinance 18-39 in effect on the upcoming general election ballot. Ordinance 18-39 created the regulations and rates that apply to coordinated garbage collection for more than 73,000 residential 1-4 units in Saint Paul.
WHEN: The general election is Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
WHERE: To find your polling place, visit: https://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/. To vote before election day: https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/elections-voting/voters/vote-election-day.
Referendum on whether Ordinance 18-39 should remain in effect.
Should Ordinance 18-39, entitled “Residential Coordinated Collection,” remain in effect for residential trash collection in St. Paul? Ordinance 18-39 creates new rules for the collection and disposal of trash and payment for trash service; and requires that certain residential dwellings have trash collected by a designated trash hauler. A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of keeping Ordinance 18-39. A “No” vote is a vote to get rid of Ordinance 18-39.
WHAT WILL A “YES” VOTE DO?
There would be no changes to the current organized garbage collection program.
- The garbage haulers would continue to pick up garbage under the current contract.
- The garbage haulers would continue to bill individual residents or property owners for the collection of garbage at their property.
WHAT WILL A “NO” VOTE DO?
The designated haulers will continue to collect garbage under the existing contract.
- The haulers will still collect garbage, but the financial obligation may be shifted from individual rate-payers to all property tax payers in Saint Paul.
- The cost for garbage collection for 2020 is estimated at $27.1 million, which would require an additional 17.4% increase in the property tax levy if the City were to pay for garbage service.
- To find out how this would impact your property taxes, use the property tax estimator: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/financial-services/city-saint-paul-property-tax-estimator.
- The City will work with the garbage haulers to prevent double payments and ensure that billing and payment requirements are clear. The City will provide property owners with additional information regarding billing as it develops.
Update on Citywide Garbage Service 8/23/19
On August 22, 2019, the Minnesota Supreme Court ordered the City to place the Ordinance that created rules for garbage collection on the ballot for citywide vote.
What Saint Paul Residents Need to Know and Do
- Garbage collection will continue uninterrupted in the City of Saint Paul.
- Residents should not find a new hauler or cancel their garbage service.
- Residents should continue to place their city garbage cart out on their scheduled collection day.
- Residents will receive a quarterly garbage bill from their hauler (for service October 1-December 31, 2019) in early October.
- Residents should pay their garbage bill to their hauler by the due date of October 25, 2019.
- Residents will vote on Ordinance 18-39 on the November 5, 2019 general election ballot.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will I get another garbage bill?
- In early October, residents will receive a quarterly garbage bill from their hauler (for service October 1-December 31, 2019).
- Residents should pay their garbage bill to their hauler by the due date of October 25, 2019.
Will there be a vote on the Ordinance?
- The Ordinance will be on the November 5th ballot.
If there is a referendum and Ordinance 18-39 is repealed, what then?
- Chapter 220 will not control the collection of trash.
- Unless directed otherwise by the Supreme Court, the contract with the haulers remains in effect and the City will continue to operate under the terms of the contract.
- Unless the Court’s rationale provides otherwise, the haulers will still collect garbage, with the financial obligation shifted from individual rate-payers to all property owners in Saint Paul, through our City general fund.
- This cost for garbage collection for 2020 is estimated at $27.1 million, which would require an additional 17.4% on the property tax levy.
- This would bring the total property tax levy increase for 2020 to 22.2%.
- This would amount to a property tax levy increase of $184 over the Mayor’s proposed 2020 property tax levy on a median value home.
- This would amount to a property tax levy increase of $664 over the Mayor’s proposed 2020 property tax levy on a median value commercial property.
Will my garbage still get picked up after November 5?
- Yes. Garbage will be collected on the same day by the city-designated hauler.
- Unless otherwise indicated by the Supreme Court, the contract with the haulers’ consortium remains in effect and the City will continue to operate under the terms of the contract.
If the plan is not overturned, what then?
- Saint Paul residential garbage service will continue as usual with a city-designated hauler, and the haulers will continue to bill residents for garbage service.
Garbage Hauler Change 7/15/19
7/15/19: Pete’s Rubbish Hauling announces the sale of its residential business to Waste Management effective July 15, 2019. Waste Management will begin collecting from Pete’s Rubbish Hauling routes on July 15.
The service level provided, quarterly charge for service, and collection day will not change. Pete’s Rubbish Hauling customers have now received the Quarter 3 2019 (June – September) bill. Please remit your payment to them as you have in the past. The due date is July 25. The next bill for Quarter 4 2019 (October – December) will come from Waste Management.
If you have any questions on your account during the transition, please call Waste Management at 763-784-8349.
Update on Citywide Garbage Service 6/28/19
The City of Saint Paul was notified on June 27, 2019 that Ramsey County District Court Judge Leonardo Castro has issued an order staying the suspension of Saint Paul City Ordinance 18-39 related to the City’s organized garbage collection program.
This order delays enforcement of the Judge’s previous order requiring the City to suspend use of the ordinance on June 30, 2019. As a result, Saint Paul’s organized garbage collection program will continue as normal pending the City’s appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
What You Need to Know:
- Your garbage service will continue as usual.
- You do not need to find or contact a new hauler.
- Continue to place your City garbage cart out on your scheduled collection day.
- You will receive a garbage bill from your hauler in July for Quarter 3 2019. The due date will be July 25.
Will there be a referendum?
The Minnesota Supreme Court will determine if there will be a referendum when it decides the appeal. If the City loses the appeal, City Ordinance 18-39 will be put on the November 5 ballot.
If there is a referendum and the plan is overturned, what then?
If the referendum passes, Ordinance 18-39 will be repealed.
If the plan is not overturned, what then?
Saint Paul citywide garbage service will continue as usual with the city-designated hauler, and the haulers will once again bill residents for garbage service.
Waste Management Billing Error
The City is aware that Waste Management has made a billing error on the Quarter 2 2019 bill (April – June). Waste Management has erroneously issued a Notice of Non-Payment to many of their customers and listed an incorrect due date on the original invoice. If you have already made a payment in full for Quarter 2 2019 (April – June), please disregard the notice of non-payment. You will not receive any fees and your credit will not be affected by this error.
We are working with Waste Management directly to fix this mistake and we are also working to ensure that this does not happen again. All quarterly garbage bills should have a due date of the 25th of the billing month.
We apologize for any confusion and inconvenience this has caused.
Reminder: Do Not Place Carts in the Street for Curbside Collection
Street sweeping operations are underway! Please help the city crews complete the job effectively. DO NOT place carts in the street for collection. Thank you!
Sign up for Yard Waste
Spring is here! Get ready to clean up after the thaw and sign up for yard waste service. Seasonal yard waste service begins on April 15 (weather-permitting). Choose from two options:
Subscription Service ($120 per year): You can set out a yard waste cart and up to 8 compostable bags to be collected each week. If you set out more than 8 compostable bags, you will be charged $3 for each additional bag. The $120 fee is an annual flat rate and is not pro-rated based on the start/end of service. Contact your hauler now to set up service and get a yard waste cart.
Non-Subscription Service ($3 per bag/bundle): You can set out a compostable bag or bundle of yard waste beside your garbage cart. Call your hauler at least 48 hours before your regular garbage collection day to request this service. Your hauler will tell you which day to set your compostable bag(s) or bundle(s) out for collection.
Yard waste bags or bundles cannot exceed 40 pounds or two feet in diameter and three feet in length. Tree stumps, dirt, and/or rocks are not allowed in yard waste collection. Please do not place yard waste inside your garbage cart. Learn more about yard waste service by visiting our yard waste page. You must call your hauler to get yard waste started. Yard waste service is not automatically renewed--if you had subscription yard waste service in 2018, you will still need to renew your yard waste subscription service for 2019.
St. Paul residents can also drop off yard waste at any of the Ramsey County yard waste sites.
Garbage Hauler Change
4/4/19: Ken Berquist & Son Disposal announces the sale of its residential business to Waste Management effective April 1, 2019. Ken Berquist & Son Disposal has always been committed to providing their customers with the best service possible and is confident that Waste Management will continue to provide the same level of satisfaction moving forward.
The service level provided, quarterly charge for service, and collection day will not change. Because of the timing of the sale, previous Ken Berquist & Son Disposal customers will see an adjustment to their billing cycle for Quarter 2 2019 (April - June). Waste Management will mail out these bills during or prior to the week of Monday, April 29th. The due date will be on Monday, May 20th.
Waste Management looks forward to providing our customers with a high level of service in the future. if you have any questions on your account during the transition, please call Waste Management at 763-784-8349. Click here to read the letter from Ken Berquist & Son Disposal and Waste Management.
Billing Timeline Adjustment
You 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.
Missed Garbage Collection
If your garbage cart was set out at your collection location by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day and your garbage was not collected, please call your hauler immediately to report a missed collection. Find your hauler’s contact information by using our interactive map.
If you did not put your garbage cart out properly by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day, your can request for your hauler to return and collect your garbage for a $40 fee, plus tax. If you would like to request “return service,” call your hauler directly. Find your hauler’s contact information here.
Billing services are provided by your designated hauler. If you have any questions about your bill or you believe that there may be an error on your billing statement, please contact your garbage hauler directly. You can find contact information on the invoice you received from your hauler or by using our interactive map.
Old Cart Removal Process
Old garbage carts* continue to be removed by the garbage haulers. Please keep your empty old cart at your collection location for removal.
If your old garbage cart has not yet been removed, call your previous garbage hauler to notify them that their cart is still at the property. They will coordinate with you to remove the old garbage cart. Please make sure your old cart is empty and at your normal garbage collection location. If you’re able, place the old cart upside down to prevent garbage from being placed in it.
Depending on the condition of the carts, garbage haulers will re-purpose the cart in different cities they serve, use them as yard waste carts, recycle them, or properly dispose of them.
*NOTE: this process is only for hauler-owned carts. If your old cart or garbage container was purchased by you (such as at a retail or hardware store), it is yours and will not be removed through this process. No longer want the garbage container you own? Give it away to a friend or neighbor, post it online at Twin Cities Free Market for someone else to reuse, or dispose of it at a transfer station or as your free bulky item.
Every Other Week Collection Schedule
If you have a 35-gallon “small” garbage cart with a purple lid for the Saint Paul Citywide Garbage Service, your garbage will be collected every other week. Please refer to the link below to download the 2019 Every Other Week Collection Schedule. Find out which day of the week your garbage is collected by visiting stpaul.gov/garbagemap.
Garbage Hauler Changes
9/26/18: We are aware that R&M Sanitation has decided to turn their Saint Paul customers over to Republic Services. Your collection day will remain the same day of the week as was initially assigned. Find your collection day here. This only pertains to Saint Paul residents that were initially informed that R&M Sanitation would be your new hauler. Click here to read the letter from Republic Services.
Krupenny & Sons Disposal
9/22/18: We are aware that Krupenny & Sons Disposal has decided to turn their Saint Paul customers over to Highland Sanitation. Your collection day will remain the same day of the week as was initially assigned. Find your collection day here. This only pertains to Saint Paul residents that were initially informed that Krupenny & Sons Disposal would be your new hauler. Click here to read the letter from Highland Sanitation.
Triangle Rubbish Service
9/17/18: We are aware that Triangle Rubbish Service has decided to turn their Saint Paul customers over to Highland Sanitation. Your collection day will remain the same day, on Tuesday. This only pertains to west side Saint Paul residents that were initially informed that Triangle Service would be your new hauler. Click here to read the letter from Highland Sanitation.