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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.

Contact Us

Email Sanitation or call 218.299.5347


Residential Garbage Collection

Collection Fees:
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. 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. Houses with separate metered apartments may have one automated garbage tote for each unit that pays a garbage disposal fee.

Refuse Bags:
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.

Curbside Collection:
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:
Store your garbage totes in an enclosed building or out of view of the public right-of-way once collection has been completed.


Holiday Garbage Collection Schedule - 2016

Reminder:  On days following a holiday, collection will begin at 4:00 am.  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. 

New Year's Day (Friday, January 1):  Both Friday’s and Monday’s route will be collected on Monday, January 4, 2016.  The Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on January 1, 2016 and on Saturday, January 2, 2016.

Christmas Tree Pickup:

  • January 4-15, 2016. 
  • Place trees 3-5 feet from your garbage cart
  • Please do not deposit on snow banks
  • Remove plastic bags, lights, wood and metal stands

Martin Luther King Day (Monday, January 18):  Both Monday’s and Tuesday’s routes will be collected on Tuesday, January 19.  The Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2016.

Presidents Day (Monday, February 15):  Both Monday’s and Tuesday’s routes will be collected on Tuesday, February 16.  The Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016.  

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, 2016.  

Independence Day (Monday, July 4):  Monday’s and Tuesday’s routes will be collected on Tuesday, July 5.  The Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016.  

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, 2016.  

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, 2016.

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, 2016 and on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Christmas Day (Observed Monday, December 26):  Monday’s and Tuesday’s route will be collected on Tuesday, December 27.  The Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Monday, December 26, 2016.  

New Year’s Day (Observed Monday, January 2, 2017):  Monday’s and Tuesday’s route will be collected on Tuesday, January 3.  The Garbage Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday, December 31, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017.

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Commercial Garbage Collection

The City has a volume-based collection fee. Our customers pay a monthly fee for service comprised of:

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.


Illegal Dumping

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.


Large Item Collection

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.

Location:
Moorhead's Solid Waste Transfer Station
2727 Highway 10 East

Open year round (except holidays):
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:15 pm

Additional hours during peak seasons:
April 1 – May 31
September 1 – October 31
Regular schedule plus Saturdays 8:00 am to 11:45 am
*Note: The Transfer Station will not be open Saturday, September 3, 2016 due to Labor Day Weekend


Household Hazardous Waste

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.


Clean Up Week

Date: May 2-6, 2016 (former Oakport area will be the following week on Tuesday, May 10, 2016)

Clean Up Week is an annual event held at the same time each year in Moorhead, Fargo, West Fargo, and Dilworth to help residents dispose of items not accepted during regular garbage collection. During Clean Up Week there is no additional charge for collection of large items and extra materials; however, if garbage is set out before Clean Up Week officially starts, homeowners will be assessed fees for any garbage in excess of allowed amounts.

Clean Up Week crews WILL NOT collect:

  • Televisions
  • Computer monitors
  • Building and demolition materials, such as:
    • Sheet rock
    • Lumber (to include old fencing material)
    • Concrete
    • Windows
    • Doors

For full details visit Clean Up Week, email Sanitation or call 218.299.5347.


Building / Demolition Materials

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.

Location:
Moorhead's Solid Waste Transfer Station
2727 Highway 10 East

Open year round (except holidays)
Monday  - Friday 8:00 am to 4:15 pm

Additional hours during peak seasons:

April 1 – May 31
September 1 – October 31
Regular schedule plus Saturdays 8:00 am to 11:45 am
*Note: The Transfer Station will not be open Saturday, September 3, 2016 due to Labor Day Weekend

 

 


Televisions and Computer Equipment

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.