Garbage Collection

Garbage Truck

Red Wing is among nearly 30 percent of communities in Minnesota that have organized garbage and recycling collection services coordinated or provided by a public entity.  Instead of being dumped in a landfill, garbage collected by the city is delivered to the City’s Solid Waste Campus where it is sorted and processed into fuel for electricity generation.

2018 Residential & Commercial Garbage Service Brochure (PDF)

Garbage Collection Guidelines

  • Garbage is collected once per week as per routes laid out on the City Map.
  • Carts must be placed at the curb (or previously agreed upon location) before 6 a.m. on the designated collection day for your area.
  • Lids on carts must be closed. If the lid does not close and garbage falls out of the cart when the driver attempts to empty the cart, you will be charged for extra garbage.
  • Carts must be placed with the handle facing the house.
  • All garbage must be bagged and tied to prevent garbage from littering the streets.
  • Carts must be placed at least 4 feet from any obstruction (parked cars, utility poles, mailboxes, recycling bins or snowbanks). Please do not place recycling bins and extra garbage in front of or directly next to your garbage can.
  • If your residence has more than one automated cart, you will need to place the carts 4 feet apart.
  • Carts must be removed from the curb within 24 hours of collection.

Improperly placed carts, overfilled carts, and inaccessible carts may not be emptied, or you will be charged a service fee if the driver has to get out of the truck. If your cart is not out on time, you will be charged a call-back fee for the truck to return and empty your cart.

Proper placement of your garbage can is important.

Placement of Your Cans

Items Not Collected

  •  Building Materials, Carpet, Windows, Shingles
  •  Dirt, Rock, Concrete, Brick
  •  Furniture, Appliances, Electronics
  •  Tires, Household Hazardous Waste
  •  Trees and Shrubs, brush and branches
  •  Yard Waste – grass, leaves, garden debris