FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We compiled a list of frequently asked questions to alleviate any unknowns that you may have about our yard waste service. Please review the list of frequently asked questions below, and feel free to reach out to us if you have additional questions. We are here to serve you!
Q. How many extra bags am I allowed each week?
A. You are allowed up to 15 extra bags per week outside of your cart. Be sure to look for the BPI Compostable logo to ensure bags are acceptable. www.bpiworld.org/BPI-Public/Program.html
Q. What can go inside?
A. Garden waste (no vegetables), leaves, lawn cuttings, weeds, shrub, small sticks, and pruning’s along with branches/ brush (must be cut to lengths no more than 4 foot & firmly tied in bundles no more than 18 inches in diameter).
Q. When does yard waste begin and end?
A. Weather pending, Yard waste starts the first full week of April and runs through the last full week of November. Reminder: this is a prepaid service; invoice must be paid in full prior to your first pickup.
Q. Why is Yard Waste a separate account?
A. This is an opt in non-taxable service that runs seasonally, therefore a separate account is set up for those who opt in. When customers pay to the trash account, this can cause confusion on future invoices and possibly delay the start of your service!
Q. Is it on the same day as my service day?
A. Yes, yard waste is a weekly service and is picked up on the same day as your trash service, remember to have your carts at the curb no later than 6:30am the morning of your service day.
Q. What does not go in there?
A. Plastic bags of any type, sod, dirt, rocks or bricks, large branches, or stumps. No mulch or wood chips, landscape material such as edging, fabric, pavers etc. No food or pet waste of any kind, including garden vegetables. Do not place lumber or treated wood in your yard waste cart. No plastic plant trays, hanging baskets or planting pots. No Trash or recyclable material.
Q. How should I make a payment to my account?
A. Using the correct customer ID# located on the invoice when paying online – this will make sure your service is activated immediately!
Q. Do you collect the yard waste cart after the season is done?
A. Customers are asked to keep the cart in the off season. Carts make a great storage container for garden hoses, sprinklers and other lawn care or decorative items.
Yard Waste Service & Acceptable Yard Waste Bags
Did you know Minnesota state law prohibits mixing brush, tree or yard waste with your household garbage?
Walters offers a convenient yard waste collection program. This is a safe, simple and responsible option for you to help keep your yard looking its best! Even when the seasons change, we’re here to help.
- The program includes a 95-gallon wheeled yard waste cart.
- Yard waste is picked up on the same day as your trash service.
- In addition to your yard waste cart, we will accept up to 15 extra compostable yard waste bags of material per week outside your cart. Look for the BPI compostable logo to ensure bags are acceptable.
Yard Waste is a prepaid annual service, and no credit will given for late sign up or early termination.
Only current trash customers can subscribe to our yard waste program.
Minnesota Statues 115A.03 Subd 38 defines yard waste as “garden wastes, leaves, lawn cuttings, weeds, shrub and tree waste, and prunings.”
Yard Waste Collection Services
Acceptable Yard Waste materials:
- Grass Clippings
- Tree waste (including leaves, pine needles, pinecones, acorns)
- Branches/brush (must be cut to lengths no more than 4 foot & firmly tied in bundles no more than 18 inches in diameter).
- Garden waste
- BPI Certified lawn and leaf bags https://www.bpiworld.org/BPI-Public/Program.html
Non Acceptable Yard Waste Material:
- Black lawn & leaf bags or non BPI plastic bags of any type
- Rocks or bricks
- Large branches or tree stumps
- Mulch, wood chips
- Landscape materials (edging, fabric, pavers etc)
- Lumber or treated wood
- Plastic plant trays, hanging baskets or pots
- No Trash or recyclable material
Reminder: MN State law prohibits putting yard waste in your garbage, (Minnesota Statutes §