Public hearing scheduled for organized trash collection report and recommendations

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Media Advisory

May 19, 2016
Contact: Joe Ellickson,, 651-266-6129

Public hearing scheduled for organized trash collection report and recommendations

Saint Paul, MN – Saint Paul Public Works staff will present a report and recommendations on organized trash collection to the Saint Paul City Council on June 1, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.  The presentation will be followed by a public hearing on the recommended goals included in the report.

On February 24, 2016, the Saint Paul City Council passed a resolution directing the department of Public Works to solicit input from residents using a variety of techniques in order to develop draft goals and objectives for implementing a system of organized trash collection (OTC) within the city of Saint Paul.  The report describes the methods that Public Works employed to solicit feedback; summarizes the feedback received; and offers draft goals and objectives to the City Council should they decide to proceed forward with implementing OTC within Saint Paul.

The report will be available online on Thursday, May 26th.

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Currently, Saint Paul has an open system of trash collection resulting in the need for individuals to contract with their own hauler. This results in many haulers serving each neighborhood across the city. In an organized system, one or multiple trash haulers are authorized to collect trash from a specific service area. 

There are several procedural steps a city must take before it is authorized to adopt organized collection of solid waste.  These procedures are spelled out in Minnesota State Statute 115A.94, Organized Collection. Part of this process is the setting of goals and priorities to be used in negotiations with currently licensed trash collectors.