Garbage Service and Carts

Basic Garbage Service Levels and Prices

Girl standing next to different cart sizes.

All Saint Paul residential properties with 1-4 units, including rentals and townhomes, must each have service and a garbage cart per unit.

In 2018, each unit may have 1 bulky item collected at no additional cost, regardless of your service level. Starting in 2019, depending on your cart size, you can have either 2 or 3 bulky items collected each calendar year at no additional cost.

Cart Size Gallons Collection Bulky Items
Quarterly Rates*
3 months of service)
Small 35 - approx 2-3 kitchen-size bags Every other week 2 $60.83/quarter
Small 35 - approx 2-3 kitchen-size bags Every week 2 $70.34/quarter
Medium 64 - approx 4-5 kitchen-size bags Every week 3 $96.08/quarter
Large 96 - approx 5-7 kitchen-size bags Every week 3 $102.44/quarter

*Pricing includes county & state taxes

An annual fee of $24.60 will be added to your Ramsey County property tax statement to help cover costs for carts, program administration, outreach and education efforts.

How to Use Your Garbage Cart

  • All household garbage must be securely bagged. Do not place loose garbage inside of your garbage cart. Garbage can be secured in any type of bag, such as plastic, paper (stapled or rolled tightly shut), or biodegradable bags.
  • Any garbage that does not fit in a cart with the lid closed is considered “overflow” and will be collected at a charge of $3 per bag, plus tax. Bag all overflow garbage and keep it indoors until your collection day.
  • Keep your cart 2 feet clear of all objects. Make sure your cart is not blocked by cars, snow, other carts, or other obstructions.  Blocked garbage carts will not be collected.
  • You are responsible if your cart is lost or damaged beyond normal wear and tear. Please keep your cart clean and store it in a safe location. Do not paint or alter the exterior of your cart.
  • Find your neighborhood garbage hauler and collection day using our interactive map.


Photo: Picture of garbage cart with garbage bags inside of it. Picture of TV and extra garbage bag next to the garbage cart. Text: Using Your New Garbage Cart. Put your cart out by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day. Make sure your lid is closed. Place your cart so the front is facing outward along the edge of the curb or alley. All household garbage must be bagged and tied. Do not put needles, hazardous waste, yard waste, or electronic waste in your cart. Make sure your garbage cart is two feet away from your recycling cart. Call your hauler for "bulky" item collection. Put extra bags of garbage next to your cart ($3 per bag + tax).

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 calendar below for the 2018 Every Other Week Collection Schedule. Find out which day of the week your garbage is collected by visiting

Schedule of every other week collection.

Download the 2018 Every Other Week Collection Schedule

Download the 2019 Every Other Week Collection Schedule


When to Call Your Garbage Hauler

If you have any issues with your service or need to sign up for any additional services, contact your garbage hauler. You can find out who your hauler is by using this interactive map.

Missed Garbage

If your garbage cart was put out at your collection location by 6 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 here.

If you do not put your garbage cart out by 6 a.m. on your collection day, your hauler can return and collect your garbage for a $40 fee, plus tax.  If you would like to request “return service,” call your hauler as soon as possible.  Find your hauler’s contact information here.

Report Illegal Dumping

It is illegal to dump your garbage in the City of Saint Paul. City Ordinance 105.01 states: “It shall be unlawful for any person to throw or deposit, or cause to be thrown or deposited, any garbage or other waste material upon any part of any boulevard or street lawn within the corporate limits of the City of Saint Paul.”

If you see illegal dumping anywhere in the City of Saint Paul, please report it to us. You can contact the Department of Safety and Inspections at 651-266-8989.

Where does my garbage go?

None of your garbage ends up in a landfill. The garbage collected in the City of Saint Paul goes to the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Center (R&E Center).

The R&E Center uses waste to energy technology. The facility processes over 440,000 tons of garbage a year and produces fuel used by Xcel Energy to generate electricity. For more information, visit the R&E Center

Have more questions? Check out our Garbage FAQs