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Posted on: October 30, 2019

New trash and recycling contracts approved

After a competitive bidding process for new trash and recycling contracts, the City Council authorized 5½-year contracts with Tennis Sanitation for residential recycling and Republic Services for residential trash and yard waste. Both proposals were ranked highest among our main criteria (economics, safety, education, environmental and qualifications), including the lowest price. 

Through Maplewood’s organized solid waste collection system, the City has been able to help limit greenhouse gas emissions and divert waste from landfills. It’s lead to lower prices, reduced truck traffic, and community control over waste management decisions.

The new contracts begin January 1, 2020 and include improvements to the trash and recycling programs as follows:

  • Pay as You Throw: Incremental price adjustments each year of the contract that will create greater variation between cart sizes – the less residents throw away, the less they pay. 
  • Curbside Organics Collection: Exploring a possible 2022 rollout. 
  • Small Business and Church Recycling: Two 95-gallon recycling carts will be supplied to businesses and churches that opt into the City’s residential recycling program at the same cost as the residential rates. The new contract will also allow the collection of recyclables from a recycling dumpster at a cost of $45 per month for the term of the contract.
  • Multi-Family Property Recycling: Allows collection of recyclables from dumpsters for properties with 21 units or more if feasible, in addition to the 95-gallon recycling carts currently supplied. 

Recycling and Trash Rates

While Maplewood maintains some of the Twin Cities’ lowest recycling and trash rates, residents will see slight increases in the new contracts due to some factors outside of our control. They include:

  • Discontinuation of the hauler rebate at the Recycling and Energy Center
  • Open market price decline for recycled goods

Recycling Rates (per household, per month)

2019

2020

$3.54

$4.41

The City adds the recycling fees to residential water bills. 

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