Republic Services will continue biweekly
recycling collection in Edina. Those wishing to
recycle more material may receive a second cart
at no cost.
Edina has provided residential curbside
collection since 1985. The current biweekly citywide contract for residential recycling collection
with Republic Services ends Dec. 31. Three
companies responded to a request for proposals
for a new contract. Republic Services offered
the most competitive proposal for biweekly
collection, but another vendor provided the
most competitive proposal for weekly collection.
The City Council directed staff to collect
feedback from residents on their preferences for
recycling frequency. The Morrison Leatherman
Company conducted a survey using a statistically
valid, random sample, finding that by a 51 to
32 percent majority, residents prefer the current
“Biweekly recycling benefits the community
by keeping the truck traffic to a minimum and
still capturing the recyclables,” said Recycling
Coordinator Solvei Wilmot.
If space is an issue, residents can request an
additional recycling cart at no cost by calling
Republic Services at 952-941-5174.
“It is important for all of us to do what we can
to reduce waste. First, by buying only what we
need and with the least amount of packaging,”
said Melissa Seeley, Energy & Environment
Commissioner. “Second, disposing of waste
with the smallest impact on our planet is
incumbent on all of us.”
A seven-year contract is expected to be awarded
to Republic Services, allowing residents to keep
their existing carts.
Residents are also encouraged to participate in
the citywide organics program beginning next
spring, when those bins will be delivered to
A recent study by Hennepin County found
that 25 percent of trash is made up of organic
materials – the largest category within trash that
could be diverted from landfills. In an effort to
meet Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and
Hennepin County waste reduction goals, the
City Council decided to have staff implement an
organics recycling program in 2020.
“Collection is made easy by adding a small
bin to the kitchen to capture scraps as food is
prepared or meals are finished. Compostable
bags and other products are readily available
in stores all over the Twin Cities,” said Seeley.
“Once waste is separated between organics and
recycling, it is often amazing to see how little
trash is left.”
The Council asked staff to negotiate a contract
with Vierkant Disposal as the organics vendor
for several reasons, including the company’s
existing organics customer base in Edina,
pricing, location and commitment to customer
service. The contract is expected to be approved
at a future Council meeting.
With another cart for organics, the Council also
voted to change the law regarding storage of
trash and recycling bins to create more flexibility.
City Council approved an ordinance amendment
that now allows residents to store containers
within five feet of their home. Previously,
containers were to be stored out of view from
For more information, visit EdinaMN.gov/Recycling
or contact Wilmot at 952-826-0463.