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