Garbage and Recycling

Garbage and Recycling Collection Service

View a video about Mankato's new garbage and recycling service.
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 garbage and recycling service provider. An exciting benefit of this service is single sort--where all recycling can be placed in one cart.

Recycling pick-up is on an every other week schedule

  • Curbside recycling is collected every other week, i.e. if you have garbage picked up on Tuesday, recycling will continue to be picked up every other Tuesday.
  • Recycling is collected same day as garbage pick-up. See an online garbage and recycling map. Download a printable garbage and recycling map.
  • See the recycling label placed on carts.
  • View a detailed list recycling list. Glass jars are also recyclable.

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.

Garbage pick-up and extra garbage tags

  • Garbage continues to be collected once a week.
  • Extra garbage tags are available at the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza, or from local grocery stores for an additional fee of $3.50 per bag.
  • Learn more about garbage service.

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.

Holiday schedule
Observed holidays are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. If a collection day falls on or the day after one of these holidays throughout the week, residential garbage and recycling 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

The schedule will resume as normal the following week.

Cart exchanges
Homeowners may exchange the size of their garbage and recycling carts one time per year at no cost. Any other cart exchanges cost $10 each (with the exception of change in homeownership).

Comments or questions? For questions—or anytime we can be of service, please contact city customer service staff:

  • by phone at 311 or 507-387-8600.
  • online through live chat with city staff 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.