City of Bloomington, MN
Monthly Pickup of Bulky Items for Reuse and Recycling

Trial program began November 2022

The city of Bloomington is partnering with Better Futures Minnesota to collect bulky reusable and recycling items at the curb in an effort to reduce the number of these items that end up going to a landfill. Residents can schedule a monthly pick up of certain reusable and recyclable items.

During the trial program, certain households will be able to schedule a monthly pick up of reusable and recyclable items like those listed below. Items will be picked up the first full week of each month, on the regular garbage and recycling day. There is no extra cost for these items to be picked up. Service is included in the monthly Bulky Item Management Fee on the residential Utility Bill.

Since this is a trial program, the City is hoping to learn about how this process works and what items households have for reuse and recycling. This also means that we may need to slightly alter the program guidelines as we learn more.

Who is Eligible

This service is currently being offered to a sample of 4,000 Bloomington households distributed throughout the City. Households included in the trial program were sent a mailer at the end of October that identified their home was included in the trial program.

Map of homes included in trial program
To view the homes included in the trial program, click link below. Enter your address in the search field and select it from the drop down box.

• Homes included in the trial program will have a red hashtag over the colored hauler zone.
• You can zoom in on the map by clicking the (+) icon.

The City intends to make the program available citywide in early 2023. When the program is rolled out citywide, the service will be provided to all Bloomington residential solid waste & recycling customers. This includes single family properties, duplexes and certain townhomes that have opted into city service. Households will receive more information when the program becomes available citywide.
If you aren't sure you have City service, please enter your address in the City Hauler Map.

How to Schedule

You must schedule pickup ahead of time directly with us by phone at 612-353-5400 or below using our online form. Pickups must be scheduled by 4pm at least two business days ahead of your regular monthly pickup day. There is no extra cost for these items to be picked up. Service is included in the monthly Bulky Item Management Fee on your City of Bloomington Utility Bill.

By phone at 612-353-5400 between the hours of 8am - 5pm or use our online form below.

Quantity Limits

Choose one of the following pickup offerings:
1. Up to 2 large items
2. Up to 1 large item and 2 medium items
3. Up to 1 large item and 50 cubic feet of building materials
4. Up to 3 medium items
5. Up 2 medium items with 50 cubic feet of building material

In addition, collection of 4 tools may be requested with any pickup. The number of items set out monthly cannot exceed limits, but can be less.
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Accepted Items

Service guidelines and items accepted may change.
Please read entire guide before scheduling your pickup.

Items that are not reusable or recyclable will not be accepted. Contact City Utility Billing to schedule a pickup from your garbage hauler of those items. Collection fees may apply.

Large Items

Mattress - Must be dry in good condition with no stain or bugs. 
Box Spring - Must be dry and in good condition. 
Large Appliance - Must be in working condition. We accept refrigeratorss, ranges, dishwashers, washers & dryers. Please make sure item is clean. 
Furniture - Must be in good condition (FREE OF RIPS, STAINS, SCRATCHES, STRONG ORDERS, AND/OR PET HAIR) includes couch/chair (NO reclining or powered), table (No Glass Top), Shelving (NO Glass), bed frames (No head boards, footboards or wooden rails)

Medium Items

Bicycles - Any condition
Powered Lawn/Snow Equipment - Working condition only.
Toilets - Working condition only under 8 years old.
Sinks - Good condition
Cabinets - Doors must be attached with no damage and in good condition.
Sold wood Doors - Doors must be in good condition, with no peeling paint or drastic alteration, and no dry rot or water damage to the door or failing seal.
Windows - No broken glass or failing seals.
Light Fixtures - No shiny gold or brass elements.
Grills - Any condition, no propane tanks.

Building Material

We will accept 50 cubic feet or less of this building material. 50 cubic feet is the amount that would fit in the back of standard size pickup truck bed.
Lumber - must 4-12 feet long and free of any nails, screws or staples.
Trim - Must be in good condition and free of any nails. 
Tile - Must be complete boxes only. We do not accept loose tile or tile not in original box. 
Plywood - Must be in good condition with no water damage and no less than 4'x4'
Fencing - Metal & Wood
Miscellaneous scrap metal


All tools must be in working condition in order for us to accept these items. Please make sure items are free of rust or major damage and if it's a power tool it must be in working condition. 

Items Not Accepted

Items that are not reusable or recyclable will not be accepted. Please visit the City of Bloomington's website below for more information on alternative disposal options for items not accepted.

Plumbing materials (PVC)
HVAC Materials
Hazardous Waste, Chemicals & Paint
Propane Tanks
Shingles - roofing material
Yard and Tree waste
Fluorescent fixtures or bulbs
Windows with peeling paint or lead paint
City of Bloomington Website

Schedule your pickup

Please make sure you've read the quantity limits, items accepted, and items not accepted before scheduling a pickup for bulky items for ReUse and Recycling.

Please note items will be picked up the first full week of each month, on your regular garbage and recycling day. Please have materials out to the curb on your collection day before 7 a.m.

City of Bloomington, MN Garbage & Recycling Pickup Days.

Use this map oir link below to figure out which day your garbage and recycling is picked up. Please indicate which day on the form above. 
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