Sanitation provides garbage collection and disposal services to businesses and residents within the City of Moorhead. Select from the links below to learn further information.
- Residential Garbage Collection
- Holiday Collection Schedule
- Commercial Garbage Collection
- Illegal Dumping
- Large Item Collection
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Cleanup Week
- Building / Demolition Materials
- Televisions and Computer Equipment
- Yard Waste
- Residential Garbage Collection Sign-Up/Tote Size Change
Email Sanitation or call 218.299.5347 (Main Office) or 218.299.5465 (Transfer Station).
Moorhead has a volume-based collection fee. Our customers pay a monthly fee for service as part of the Moorhead Public Service billing statement. This fee includes the collection of garbage, recycling, and yard waste.
Moorhead uses an automated garbage collection system and each household is allowed one automated garbage tote. Three tote sizes are available. The standard size is 48-gallon, but 64-gallon and 96-gallon totes are available at an additional cost. See Service Charges for Residential Garbage Collection for tote rates or change your tote size. Houses with separate metered apartments may have one automated garbage tote for each unit that pays a garbage disposal fee.
If a household has more garbage than will fit within the automated tote, it must be placed in a City of Moorhead prepaid yellow refuse bag that is imprinted with the City of Moorhead logo. These bags are available at many local grocery and retail stores. The expense of purchasing the bags includes the cost of collection and disposal.
Garbage totes and recycling containers should be placed at the curb the night before or by 5 am on your collection day to ensure pickup. Garbage totes should be placed within 4 feet of the curb line, and at least 2 feet from any obstacle to include snow banks. Do not place garbage totes or bags on top of snow banks.
Storage of Garbage Totes/ Recycling totes:
Store your garbage and recycling totes in an enclosed building, or for exterior storage, place neatly against either the back or side of the structure with lids fully closed. Your garbage and recycling tote should be moved off the boulevard as soon as possible after collection has been completed.
Holiday Garbage Collection Schedule - 2022
Reminder: On days when multiple garbage/recycling routes are picked up, collection will begin at 4 a.m. Please place your garbage out the night before to ensure collection. Also, your garbage may be collected later in the day due to the double route. We appreciate your patience.
Christmas 2021 weekend: Routes for Thursday, December 23 and Friday, December 24 will BOTH be collected on December 23. Garbage/recycling pickup will be picked up as usual December 27-29.
New Year’s 2021-2022 weekend: Routes for Thursday, December 30 and Friday, December 31 will BOTH be collected on December 30. Normal garbage/recycling pickup will resume on Monday, January 3.
Note: The City will not pick up Christmas trees after January 14, 2022.
• Place trees 3-5 feet from your garbage cart.
• Please do not deposit on snow banks.
• Remove plastic bags, lights, wood and metal stands.
You may recycle your Christmas lights at the following locations:
Glyndon Recycling Center Hitterdal Recycling Center
22 3rd St SE, Glyndon, MN 56547 NP Avenue, Hitterdal, MN 56552
Barnesville Recycling Center Moorhead Ace Hardware
205 Front St. N, Barnesville, MN 56514 20 6th St S, Moorhead, MN 56560
Hawley Recycling Center Moorhead Transfer Station
716 Front Street, Hawley, MN 56549 2727 US-10, Moorhead, MN 56560
Martin Luther King Day (Monday, January 17): Both Monday’s and Tuesday’s routes will be collected on Tuesday, January 18. The Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022.
Presidents' Day (Monday, February 21): Both Monday’s and Tuesday’s routes will be collected on Tuesday, February 22. The Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, February 21, 2022.
Memorial Day (Monday, May 30): Both Monday’s and Tuesday’s routes will be collected on Tuesday, May 31. The Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2022.
Independence Day (Monday, July 4): Both Monday's and Tuesday’s routes will be collected on Tuesday, July 5. The Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2022.
Labor Day (Monday, September 5): Both Monday’s and Tuesday’s routes will be collected on Tuesday, September 6. The Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022.
Veterans Day (Friday, November 11): Both Friday’s and Monday’s routes will be collected on Monday, November 14. The Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2022.
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 24): Both Thursday’s and Fridays’ route will be collected on Friday, November 25. The Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on Thursday, November 24, 2022 and will close at noon on Friday, November 25, 2022.
Christmas Eve, Observed (Friday, December 23): Both Thursday’s and Fridays’ route will be collected on Thursday, December, 22, 2022. The Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on Friday, December 23, 2022.
Christmas Day 2022, Observed (Monday, December 26): Both Monday's and Tuesday's route will be collected on Tuesday, December 27, 2022. The Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2022.
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The City has a volume-based collection fee. Our customers pay a monthly fee for service comprised of:
- Trip fee per number of containers and collections each week
- Cubic yard fee based on the size of container
- Container rental fee
- Minnesota Department of Revenue Solid Waste Management tax of 17%
- See Commercial Garbage Collection rates for price information.
View the City of Moorhead Container Enclosure Guidelines.
If you would like to request additional collection for your commercial property, please email Sanitation or call 218.299.5465.
It is against City Ordinance to store or dispose of trash, rubbish, appliances, machinery or motor vehicles, junk, building and demolition materials on any private property located within the city. It is also against City Ordinance to dispose of residential garbage and waste in any recycling dumpsters at recycling drop sites or in dumpsters at businesses. Violators of illegal dumping ordinances will be prosecuted. Surveillance cameras have been installed at the recycling drop sites.
Except during Clean Up Week, household items such as furniture and appliances are considered special pickups and the household will be charged accordingly for collection and disposal of these items. Disposal fees will apply. To arrange a special pickup of large items email Sanitation or call 218.299.5465.
Alternatively, you may bring these items to the Solid Waste Transfer Station for disposal. Disposal fees will apply.
Moorhead's Solid Waste Transfer Station
2727 Highway 10 East
Open year round (except holidays):
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:15 pm
Examples of hazardous waste include:
- Building and paint chemicals
- Garden pesticides and weed killers
- Household cleaning chemicals
- Automotive supplies
- Hobby and craft materials
- Oil and oil filters
- Fluorescent bulbs
Visit Clay County Household Hazardous Waste for details of where to dispose of these items.
Items such as wood, sheet rock, old fencing material, concrete, windows, and doors are not collected by sanitation crews and must be disposed of in a special landfill. These materials should be brought to the Solid Waste Transfer Station for disposal. Disposal fees will apply.
The City of Moorhead also provides roll-off services. To arrange this service, contact the Solid Waste Transfer Station at 218.299.5465. Fee Schedule
Moorhead's Solid Waste Transfer Station
2727 Highway 10 East
Open year round (except holidays)
Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:15 pm
Residential televisions and computer equipment are accepted by Clay County. Information on recycling residential electronics is available at Clay County Special Waste Recycling or call 218.299.7279.