Garbage & Recycling

The City of Woodbury has an open collection system. This means that residents are free to choose any hauler provided the hauler is licensed by the city.

All licensed refuse haulers must provide weekly trash removal service with a separate rate for 30, 60 and 90 gallon trash volumes. Trash haulers also must provide curbside recycling pickup. Most do so on a weekly schedule; however, biweekly collection is allowed if haulers adhere to certain conditions.

Did you know?
 
In the last 12 months, Woodbury haulers have collected approximately 5,000 tons of recyclables from residential customers.
 
Recycling in Minnesota reduces emissions equal to  taking 2.3 million cars off the road.
 
Over 19,000 Minnesota jobs are involved with recycling.
 
Recycling is not taxed, compared to garbage service that is charged a 35 percent tax. 
 
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recycling one ton of paper saves:

17 mature trees
 
7,000 U.S. gallons of water
 
3 cubic yards of landfill space
 
2 barrels of oil
 
Enough energy to power the average American home for six months (4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity)
 

Recycling for Residents

The Washington County Environmental Center (http://www.co.washington.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=604) provides residents of Washington County with free and convenient disposal of household hazardous waste, electronics and recyclables.  The center is located in Woodbury and proof of residency, such as a driver’s license is required to drop items off. 

Rethink Recycling for Residents (http://www.rethinkrecycling.com/residents) is the online “go-to guide for waste & recycling in the Twin Cities”. The site is managed by the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB).
 
Reduce Waste at Home (www.reduce.org) – The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency provides useful information for residents on how to reduce waste at home and away.  The site provides information on reducing your waste when you shop, in the yard, through non-toxic cleaning and by reducing your junk mail, and at the holidays.
 
The Twin Cities Free Market.( http://www.twincitiesfreemarket.org)  Do you have an item that you would like to get rid of, but you don’t want to send it to a landfill or pay to have it removed?  If the item is usable or repairable, post it on the Twin Cities Free Market.  Your trash could become someone else’s treasure!
 
Chinook Book (http://chinookbook.net/) The Chinook Book assembles information about environmental topics, as well as a variety of coupons and offers from the best green and local merchants in the Twin Cities.
 
Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network (http://www.nextstep.state.mn.us/index.cfm) The Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network Next Step site has been designed to provide Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network (MnSCN) members and others with information, access to resources, opportunities for networking, and inspiration on the topic of sustainable communities. NextStep site users have the ability to post information and resources on the site as well as to access the resources and information posted on the site.


Recycling for Businesses

BizRecycling (www.lesstrash.com) Washington and Ramsey Counties have partnered with the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation, to provide businesses with free professional consultation on waste reduction and recycling.  The no-cost services include in-depth technical analysis, waste bill analysis and help with developing and implementing a program, that can save businesses money.  In addition, the program provides grants to businesses to develop a new recycling or food waste/organics recovery program.  Even if a program is already in place, Waste Wise can help identify areas for improvement that may also be linked to grant assistance.

Rethink Recycling for Business (http://www.rethinkrecycling.com/businesses) The business recycling helps local businesses make smart recycling and disposal decisions.
 
Reduce Waste at the Office (http://www.reduce.org/).  The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency provides useful information for businesses on how to reduce waste in the office (clink on “At the office”).