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FAQ

What is the cost?
This service does not incur an additional cost, taxes are not anticipated to increase as a result of the transition from bags to bins, and you will not be receiving a bill from Republic Services.

The City has been subsidizing the bag system for over a year and a half, as the purchased bags did not cover the cost of the service. The cost of the cart service is included in the city’s current millage rate. For more information on budget allocation, we invite you to attend the L.E.A.D. Academy Budget Review on March 20 at 7pm in the City Hall Community Room. The budget review meeting is typically only for L.E.A.D. participants but we will be opening it to the public this year. For a deeper dive into City Operations, City residents are invited to join the free 6-week L.E.A.D. program. Applications are open now until Feb 7 by visiting duluthga.net/lead.


What if I am unable to roll my bin out to the curb?
If you have concerns about safely being able to get your bin to and from the curb, please email cityofduluth@republicservices.com.
Do we still need to use the purple bags?
Trash will need to be bagged inside of the bins, but you are not required to buy special bags for this. Standard kitchen trash bags will do the trick!
Can we return our extra bags?
No, Republic Services will not be offering refunds.

We recommend repurposing your unused bags. For example, larger bags can be used to bag yard debris.
Do trash bins need to be hidden?
The City of Duluth does not require your trash carts to be out of sight when stored. Per Muni. Sec. 13-20: All containers, when stored, shall not be on public rights-of-way and shall be located to not interfere, block, obstruct or impede the normal use of any sidewalk, street, alley driveway or fire lane, or to block, obstruct or impede sight distance at street, road, or alley intersections.

If you live in an HOA community, we recommend checking with them on neighborhood rules. 
Will there be two separate bins? One for recycle and one for trash?
Yes, but recycling is not mandatory. If you do not wish to have a recycling cart delivered, send an email to cityofduluth@republicservices.com with your address so that they can remove your home from the recycling cart delivery route. 
What if I already have a large rolling cart for Recycling?
You have a couple of options! 

If you want to keep your current Republic Services recycling cart,  please send an email to cityofduluth@republicservices.com with your address so that they can remove your home from the recycling cart delivery route.

OR

If you have a 65-gallon cart and you would like a 95-gallon cart for recycling, please send an email to cityofduluth@republicservices.com with your address so they can plan to pick up the old cart.

The 18 gallon recycle bins will no longer be usable as the automated trucks that they will be using cannot pick them up.

I already have a small recycling bin. What should I do with that?
You have a few options:
1. You can keep the small bin and repurpose it.
2. You can recycle the bin.
3. You can leave it at the curb starting May 1, 2024, and Republic Services will pick it up while on their normal route.
4.The 18 gallon recycle bins will no longer be usable as the automated trucks that they will be using cannot pick them up.
Who made the decision to switch to carts from bags?
The bag system is being phased out industry-wide. Staffing two-man trucks has been difficult, and with increasing traffic concerns, helpers riding on the backs of trucks is becoming more unsafe. 
When should I start using the carts?
Republic Services will begin cart collection the week of May 1. 
What do I do with my bulk items and yard waste?
Residents can call Republic Services at 678.963.4800 to set up yard waste service or request a bulk Item for pickup. If you prefer, Public Works also has bulk and yard waste drop-off service available for all city residents. Dumpster information can be found at duluthga.net/dumpster.