Leaf & Yard Waste Pick Up

For residential refuse customers

Yard waste is defined as leaves with twig stems no longer than 4 inches, grass clippings, green pliable vines, and similar garden waste.

Free Leaf & Yard Waste Pick-Up Dates 2015

Free fall leaf/yard waste bag pick up will be October 26–November 19, the same day as garbage day, no call in required.

These City service areas are not included in the free bag pick-up:

Bellgrove, Hobby Acres, Park Ridge and Interlachen Park Residents**

The City provides FREE street leaf and yard waste pick up in your area using front-end loaders and dump trucks. Pick up in these areas will be November 2–5. Refer to the schedule below for your neighborhood's pick up day:

  • Bellgrove: Monday, November 2
  • Interlachen Park: Tuesday, November 3 (Meadowbrook Rd up to & including Maple Hill Rd)
  • Park Ridge: Wednesday, November 4
  • Hobby Acres: Wednesday, November 4
  • Interlachen Park: Thursday, November 5 (Interlachen Rd to Blake Rd)

Place leaves in loose piles (unbagged) in the streets along the curb line. Leaves should be placed on the street no later than 7 am on your scheduled pick-up day. There will not be free bagged yard waste pick up in these neighborhoods.

**Due to high traffic volume, the following streets are not included in the street pick-up areas: Hopkins Crossroads, Minnetonka Blvd, Oakridge Road, 5th Ave N, Washington Ave, Excelsior Blvd and Blake Road. These streets are included in the free bag pick up dates above.

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Yard waste pick up guidelines

  • leavesYard waste is collected on Thursdays. Residents must call Public Works at 952-939-1382 to request yard waste bag pickup by 2 pm on Wednesdays.
  • Every bag to be picked up must have a yard waste sticker affixed to it, facing the street or alley so it's visible to drivers.
  • Stickers are $3 each and may be purchased in person at City Hall or the Public Works building. To have stickers sent to you in the mail (minimum of 10) you can call 952-939-1382 and the cost will be placed on your utility bill.
  • Yard waste must be bagged. Maximum size bag is 55-gallon, weighing no more than 40 lbs. Yard Waste must be bagged in a compostable bag—either paper bags or compostable plastic bags.
  • Place yard waste at the normal refuse collection site at least 4 feet away from your refuse & recycling containers.
  • Items NOT accepted include: animal feces (please clean up after pets before raking your lawn), branches, woody vines, long twigs, stump grindings, sod waste and shrub clippings.
  • NO garden products such as melons, pumpkins, squash, potatoes, apples, and tomatoes, should be placed in yard waste bags. Place unused garden products such as these into your regular garbage container.


  • Solid Waste Coordinator

  • To order yard waste stickers, call:
    Public Works Secretary


Drop off site

Hopkins refuse customers can also drop off their brush and yard waste for free at the drop off site, open mid-spring through November.

Did you know?

The easiest and best way to handle grass clippings is to leave them on the lawn. Set your mower to a height of two to three inches. Mow frequently enough so that no more than one-third of the grass blade is removed at any mowing. This may mean that you will mow more frequently, but you will spend less time doing it. Not only will you save time mowing and bagging and save money by not buying yard waste bags and having them picked up, you will also have healthier grass.