Refuse & Recycling

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Refuse & Recycling

The Refuse and Recycling Department manages solid waste disposal for approximately 6,400 residential properties in Columbia Heights. Services include curbside trash, recycling, yard waste/organic composting, and special curbside collections (bulk, appliances, electronics, and mattresses/bedsprings), as well as a drop-off Recycle Center. Of these properties, about 150 are multi-dwelling with four or more units totaling more than 2,500 apartments or condominiums.

Sign up for or change refuse service
Are you a new homeowner just moving in? Sign up for refuse service here. Want to make changes to your existing service? Go here. To view rates, go here

Waste Management of Minnesota
The City of Columbia Heights entered into a five-year contract with Waste Management of Minnesota on Jan 1, 2018, for garbage and recycling, that expires end-of-year 2022. The hauler will pick up residential trash and recycling, provided it is placed in the proper container. For more information, please visit Waste Management customer support. Please call Waste Management at 1-888-960-0008 if your trash or recycling has been missed on the collection route, or contact them via their customer support web page.

Commercial and Business Refuse Services
Businesses and other non-residential properties not serviced via the City’s residential contract may arrange for their own service providers.  Also, for information and assistance developing a recycling program for your business visit Anoka County Recycling & Resource Solutions. Area businesses may also use the City’s Recycling Center to drop off recyclables.

online support form and missed pick ups
Have a comment, complaint, service request, or missed pick-up? Public Works provides an online support form residents may fill out regarding specific issues with their refuse and recycling service. For missed pick-ups, please be sure to first call Waste Management at 1-888-960-0008, or contact them via their customer support web page, to report the issue ASAP. Then fill out the form here, adding any relevant details to the Additional Info box, to help us track the scale of the problem. If your request relates to the recent WM delay in curbside yard-waste pick-up, please make a note of that on the form with any other relevant details. The City has arranged to fulfill curbside yard-waste service requests on a case-by-case basis until Sept 21. Individual yard-waste pick-up service will occur each Tuesday by request until Sept 21. Fill out the form no later than Sept 19 at noon for that week's Tuesday or Wednesday pick-up. A new yard-waste pick-up service that doesn't require scheduling a request of pick-up will begin Sept 26. Thank you!

Refuse news and updates
Visit this page for the latest updates and news regarding changes or important schedule reminders about refuse and recycling in Columbia Heights. Because refuse and recycling services can change on short notice, we recommend checking this page semi-regularly. 

city code and solid waste operations policy  
Read the City of Columbia Heights Refuse Services Code Ordinance here. Read the Solid Waste Management Operations Policy here

Other questions
Can't find what you're looking for online? Call Public Works at 763-706-3727 with additional questions.