Garbage and Recycling

Garbage and Recycling Collection Service

Coming soon in 2015...

Coming soon in 2015…Mankato and North Mankato are teaming to provide a new curbside recycling program to help reduce waste and increase recycling.
Mankato's new curbside recycling program is designed to reduce waste and increase recycling. The city of Mankato is pleased to be working with West Central Sanitation as its new garbage and recycling service provider. An exciting benefit of this service, which begins January 1 is single sort--where all recycling can be placed in one cart.

Important: Altered transition information for Mankato customers because of manufacturing delays and delivery--

Now through December 19 (longer if needed):
New garbage and recycle carts are being delivered. Carts will typically be placed at the end of the driveway or at the curb (in the boulevard). Please store carts inside a building (for example--a garage) or behind required front yard setback.

Garbage and recycling cart options.

Week of December 15
Once garbage carts are emptied the week of December 15-19, it's important to leave them out because Waste Management plans to collect and remove their garbage carts during this week.

Week of December 22
Begin using only new garbage carts. Continue to use current recycle bins through December 31. Note that since Thursday, December 25 is a holiday--Thursday’s garbage will be collected Friday, and Friday’s garbage will be collected Saturday.

January 1
Begin using new recycle carts based on every other week schedule provided on online garbage and recycling map. Zone A recycle pickup begins the week of January 1. Zone B recycle pickup begins January 5. Download a printable garbage and recycling map.

Customers have an option to keep current recycle bins; or, they can be returned to the Public Works Center, 501 South Victory Drive, Mankato, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Service delivery once the program begins January 1:

  • Garbage will continue to be collected once a week on same day it’s currently collected, i.e. if you have garbage picked up on Tuesday, garbage will continue to be picked up on Tuesday.
  • Curbside recycling will be collected every other week on the same day it’s currently collected, i.e. if you have recycling picked up on Tuesday, recycling will continue to be picked up every other Tuesday. Recycling is collected same day as garbage pick-up.
  • Extra garbage tags will be available at the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza, or from 10 local grocery stores for an additional fee of $3.50 per bag.

Cart placement:

  • Place carts on the curb instead of on city streets because carts interfere with other services. Residents who live in an area with on-street parking need to place the cart at the driveway’s entry way) or carts may not be emptied if blocked by parked vehicle.
  • Place garbage and recycling cart after 6 p.m. the night before collection. Remove cart by 12 p.m. (noon) the day after collection to avoid a surcharge.
  • It's important cart lids are closed because a surcharge may be charged for over-full carts. Untagged garbage bags left next to garbage carts may also be subject to a surcharge.
  • After garbage and recycling is collected, remove cart from curb and store it inside of a building (for example--a garage) or behind the required front yard setback.

No changes to holiday garbage pick-up schedule: Garbage pick-up during holidays (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas) will remain the same. If a collection day falls on a holiday, residential garbage pick-up will be one day later. For example, if the holiday is Monday:

  • Monday’s garbage is collected Tuesday
  • Tuesday’s garbage is collected Wednesday
  • Wednesday’s garbage is collected Thursday
  • Thursday’s garbage is collected Friday
  • Friday’s garbage is collected Saturday

Comments or questions? For questions—or anytime we can be of service, please contact city customer service staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.

It’s also possible to reach Mankato customer service staff using one of the options below:

  • Chat with city staff online from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday:
  • Complete an online customer service request at and include your name, address(es) of garbage-recycling service, phone number and email address.

People who will not be home in December--when garbage and recycle carts will be delivered--should call the city of Mankato at 311 or 507-387-8600. When calling, it’s important to identify you will not be in home in December and the return date so a delivery can be arranged.

Please note that residents who did not order specific cart sizes will receive a standard 65-gallon garbage cart and 95-gallon recycling cart with attached lid and generous capacity to increase recycling (large enough to store cardboard and other bulky items).

Mankato's utilities include garbage and recycling.

See the recycling guide.

For all single family and duplex households in the city of Mankato that receive a monthly water bill, garbage and recycling collection includes:

  • Collection
  • Unlimited co-mingled recycling
  • One provided refuse cart, 64-gallon or 35-gallon (see utility rates)
  • Fall leaf pick-up
  • Spring clean-up (includes appliance and electronic recycling) the first four Saturdays in May
  • Christmas tree recycling

Garbage and recycling is picked up on the same day between Monday and Friday in Mankato. To find out what day residential garbage/recycling is picked up, either call 311 or 507-387-8600 or click here for a map.


  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Holiday schedule

If a collection day falls on or the day after one of these holidays throughout the week, residential garbage and recycling pickup will be one day later. The schedule will resume as normal the following week.

Sample holiday schedule for residential garbage and recyclables.  If the holiday falls on Monday:
--Monday's garbage and recyclables are collected Tuesday
--Tuesday's garbage and recyclables are collected Wednesday
--Wednesday's garbage and recyclables are collected Thursday
--Thursday's garbage and recyclables are collected Friday
--Friday's garbage and recyclables are collected Saturday

Where to place carts and recycling for collection

  • Residents who live in an area with "on street parking," need to place the cart at the driveweay's entry way.
  • Please do not place the cart within three feet of telephone poles, garages, street signs, trees, recycle bins or vehicles.
  • The collection point for a recycle bin is the same area the cart is located. Please remember to set the cart and recycle bin apart by a minimum of three feet.

Mankato's program through December 31, 2014:
What to do if you have more garbage than fits in your cart
Additional garbage bags can be placed by purchasing tags at any of the local grocery stores. The price of the tag covers the cost of disposing one bag of garbage. Tags cost $2 each.  Place one tag on each 35-gallon garbage bag set out.

Garbage bin replacement
Customers may replace broken garbage bins at no cost. Typically, the replacement bin is delivered within seven business days. Contact city staff at 311 or 507-387-8600 to request a replacement or complete a customer service request.

RecyclingDual Sort - see list

  • Place non-paper in one recycle container, paper bag, or cardboard box (examples: aluminum, tin cans, plastic, glass). Plastics numbered one through seven are accepted. See the recycling guide for additional information.
  • Put paper in another recycle container, paper bag or cardboard box (examples: newspaper, magazines, paperboard such as egg cartons and boxes such as cereal, cracker, cookie, shoe and cake).
  • Corrugated cardboard should be flattened into three-foot pieces and set next to the recycle bin.
  • No limit. There is no limit on the amount of recycling Mankato residents put curbside each week for pickup.
  • Reminder–please make sure at least one of the recycle containers is a green city of Mankato recycle bin. This is an important communication tool that residents are customers of Mankato's curbside recycling program.

Recycling bins

New construction typically gets one recycling bin at no cost. Replacement recycling bins cost $2.15 (includes tax). They are available at the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza, or by calling 311 or 507-387-8600.