Coordinated Collection

Taking out the trash should be simple, for everyone.



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. 

In 2016, the City decided to start working towards starting Coordinated Collection. 

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.

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.


  • 2016 – The City gathered resident input and decided to move forward on Coordinated Collection.
  • 2017 - The City is currently negotiating with established haulers to develop a proposal for Coordinated Collection. The City is also moving forward with a committee to consider alternative ways to coordinate the garbage collection system.
  • 2018 – 2019 –Coordinated Collection begins.

For more information:

Find updates on Coordinated Collection and links to the surveys and reports at  


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.