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Welcome to Mankato

Rick Buckmister

Welcome to Mankato

Altered transition information important for Mankato's new curbside garbage and recycling service beginning January 1

Thursday, December 4, 3:40 p.m.

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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.

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.

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:
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).