Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection Service

COVID-19 Update - North St Paul Garbage /Recycling Customers

April 1, 2020
Curbside Clothing Recycling
Tennis Sanitation is no longer able to pick up curbside clothing bags along their residential stops until further notice. Simple Recycling is temporarily closed and therefore not able to assist Tennis with the items that are picked up. Simple Recycling is a for profit recycler that is committed to offering residents the most simple and easy way to keep usable materials from the landfill. 

March 25, 2020
In an effort to minimize the exposure and risk to our trash and recycling drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tennis Sanitation is requiring that all trash be bagged and placed inside cart. However, if you do need extra trash picked up, that does not fit in cart, they require that to be bagged and tied as well. They will NOT be servicing any loose trash. Recycling items are allowed to be loose in recycling carts. If you have extra recycling items that will NOT fit in cart, then they need to be bagged (paper bags) or boxed. Please do not use plastic bags. Bulk item pick up will continue as usual unless the driver shows concern. They will address that on a case by case basis.

Since 2001, the City of North St. Paul has had contracted city-wide residential garbage and recycling collection service. On Tuesday, July 16, 2019 North St. Paul City Council approved Tennis Sanitation, LLC as a hauler for residential customers in North St. Paul. In early September, 2019 Tennis Sanitation, LLC starting serving North St. Paul residents. Tennis is a family owned and operated local company who has been serving customers since 1966. View the 2019 Year-End Recycling Report.
Please note: The report includes data from September, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

New Rates
The following new rates (35 Gallon Service 18.97% Savings, 65 Gallon Service 6.07% Savings, 95 Gallon Service 5.42% Savings) are set to provide savings as well as an increase on garbage service compared to the current rates. Along with the new rates, the City absorbed a nearly 19% increase in disposal costs by the Ramsey / Washington Recycling & Energy Board.

Garbage - 35 Gallon

Garbage Cart

Garbage - 65 Gallon

Garbage Cart

Garbage - 95 Gallon

Garbage Cart

Recycling - 65 Gallon Only

Recycling Cart

Yard Waste - 95 Gallon Only

Yard Waste Cart
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Garbage & Recycling Collection Service 

§ 55.03 Collection: City-Contracted Service
Containers shall be placed properly at the curb for pick-up not earlier than 6:00 p.m. the day before scheduled collection, and removed from the curb not later than 6:00 a.m. the day after scheduled collection. Containers should be within 2 feet of the curb and 3-4 feet away from all objects including other carts. Garbage collection starts at 7:00 a.m. in North St. Paul.

Please note: Tennis Sanitation provides garbage collection Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 am until 12—noon. Please set your containers at the curb by 6:00 am as your street might be the first on the route to be picked up on your service day. The City recommends getting carts out the night before.

Garbage and Recycling is picked up weekly.
You have a choice of a 35, 65, 95 or 160 gallon container (95 + 65 gallon) for garbage service. Recycling in a 68 gallon container only. 

Single Stream System Recycling 
The City of North St. Paul contracts with Tennis Sanitation, LLC for its residential Single Stream Recycling which allows residential recyclers to place all recyclables into one bin, regardless of material type. This makes recycling easier for the consumer and increases participation throughout the community. List of Allowable Recycling Items. 2020 Ramsey County Recycling Guide (PDF)

35 Gallon

65 Gallon

95 Gallon
160 Gallon
95 + 65 Gallon


Solid Waste
 Management Tax (SWM) 9.75%

County Environmental Charge (CEC) 28%
No Tax or CEC

















           $18.11          Monthly

              $41.46             Monthly
Yard Waste
No Tax or CEC

$7.00 monthly
or On-Call Bag Service $2.00

County Environmental Charge (CEC)
Ramsey County’s CEC rate is 28% for residential customers. It applies to trash collection and disposal service, fuel surcharges, account start-up or cancellation fees and any other administrative fees. It does not apply to construction and demolition waste, recyclables, medical and infectious waste, organic materials collected for composting and certain types of industrial waste.
County Environmental Charge Information (PDF)

The Solid Waste Management (SWM) Tax

The Solid Waste Management (SWM) Tax applies to services for both mixed municipal solid waste and non-mixed municipal solid waste. Solid Waste Management Tax Information (PDF)

Customer Service
All customer service is handled by the City of North St. Paul. Please call our direct line at
651-747-2416 or to:

  • Report a missed pick up, report a damaged cart, change cart size, start or stop service or to schedule a bulk pick up.

Yard Waste Collection Service
Yard waste collection is a weekly service for residents that runs April 15 through November (weather permitting) and is picked up on the same day as your trash pickup. Yard waste is an annual cost that is billed monthly for the entire year. Once you register for yard waste service you will receive a 95 gallon cart. To start the service please call the City at 651-747-2416 or email.
Please note: You may no longer have unlimited service with compostable bags however, on occasion you may put out a few bags or bundles of brush and you will be billed.
Cost: $2.00 per bag or bundle of brush.

Yard waste is defined as leaves, grass clippings, branches and soft-bodied plants such as garden debris. State law states that you cannot mix it with other trash. It is against City Ordinance to rake leaves into the street or to burn them, and you may be fined.


Household Hazardous Waste

Service alert - COVID-19
Household Hazardous Waste Collection sites will continue to operate during posted hours until further notice. Please stay in your vehicle, staff will ask for place of residency and will unload items from your trunk.

The Product Reuse Center at the year-round household hazardous waste collection site in Saint Paul has been closed until further notice.
Service alert - COVID-19
Food Scraps collection sites will continue to operate during posted hours until further notice. Please practice social distancing while dropping off food scraps.

Household hazardous waste is defined as paint, chemicals, oil and other products marked, "Caution", “Warning”, "Danger" or “Poison”. Ramsey County offers a year-round collection in Saint Paul at Bay West, Inc. (5 Empire Drive, between Jackson Street and Rice Street, just north of Pennsylvania Avenue). Temporary collection sites are located throughout the county from April through October.  For more information, please call 651-633-EASY (3279), answered 24/7 or visit:

Food Scraps (Organics Recycling) Collections Drop-Off Program

Service alert - COVID-19
Food Scraps collection sites will continue to operate during posted hours until further notice. Please practice social distancing while dropping off food scraps.

Ramsey County now offers a food scraps (organics recycling) collections drop-off site. For more information on the food scraps collection (organics recycling) program, including locations of other collection sites, visit

Free food scraps collection starter kits and compostable bags are available at Ramsey County Yard Waste collection sites. Starter kits are also available at any Ramsey County Library. Select Saint Paul Libraries and Cities also have them. Call ahead. For more information, please call 651-633-EASY (3279) answered 24/7 or visit

Ramsey County Guide for Recycling & Disposal Yard Waste

Service alert - COVID-19
Yard Waste sites will continue to operate during posted hours until further notice. Please follow the social distancing rules while visiting county yard waste sites. For more information go to: Also find information on backyard composting and contact information for the Master Gardener program.

Ramsey County Fix-It Clinic
 Service alert - COVID-19
The April, May and June Fix-it Clinics have been canceled. Get household items fixed for free and learn valuable repair skills at an upcoming Fix-It Clinic.   Fix-It Clinic.