Compost and Disposal

Compost and Disposal

Building Materials

Items such as wood, sheetrock, old fencing material, concrete, windows, doors, etc. (demolition materials) and appliances are not collected by sanitation crews.  Arrangements need to be made with a demolition dump site to dispose of these materials, or bring to the scheduled community cleanup days in the Spring.

Christmas Trees

City staff will collect Christmas trees on a selected date in January.  Trees should be placed near the curb, out of reach of snowplows.  Please remove all metal (nailed-on wooden stands, wire and ornaments) and plastic bags from the trees so they can be mulched.  Check City website or local paper for scheduled pick up date, or call (763) 682-1181.

Cleanup Days

A Spring Clean Up is scheduled generally for two days in end of April or early May.  These days provide City residents an opportunity to dispose of a wide variety of items including appliances, tires, electronics, and other items.  A fee will be charged for disposal of items.  Residents will be asked to present identification (with proof of residence) prior to disposing of items. Check out the information each year on our website, social media, electronic sign or local papers for exact dates and fee schedule.

Compost Facility - Brush / Garden & Yard Waste

Compost Facility
1306 County Road 134
(located behind the Buffalo Civic Center)

LAST DAY Compost Facility is OPEN – Saturday, November 20th.

The Compost Facility is available for residents who live within the City limits of Buffalo. A compost sticker is required for access to the facility.

There are two ways you can obtain this sticker:

  • Stop in during office hours at the City Center at 212 Central Ave. Once staff confirms your address is in the City limits, they will give you the sticker.
  • Or call City Hall at 763.682.1181 and we will mail it to you.
  • City Center hours are Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30

Yard waste and brush can be dropped off free of charge at the City Compost Facility.  The facility excepts only brush and yard waste generated on properties within city limits.  Compostable bags are preferred, but plastic bags or other containers can be used to drop off materials as long as you take your bag back with you.

Wood chips and composted soil are also available at the compost site for the public’s general use.  If you have questions regarding the compost facility call the City Center at 763-682-1181.

For hours of operation and accepted items, please click HERE.

Garbage/Large Item Pickup
Solid Waste/Recycling

The City contracts with Randy’s Environmental Services to provide residential garbage collection and disposal, and residential curbside recycling.  Garbage containers are provided to residents to store garbage.  Garbage collection is every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, depending on where you live in the city.  If one of the following holidays (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, or Christmas) falls before or on your pickup day during the week, your garbage will be picked up a day later than typical pickup date.  If you don’t know which day is your garbage day, call (763) 682-1001.   

Residents are billed according to the size trash can they choose for the residence (fees are volume-based).  A truck that uses an automated arm is used to dump contents of garbage container.  Recycling containers are available for residents to purchase to  participate in the curbside recycling program. 

Sometimes households have extra garbage or larger items such as furniture that need to be disposed.  These items will be picked up on your regular garbage pickup date, and will be billed to the occupant directly by our garbage hauler.  Call Randy’s Environmental Services before placing items at curbside to arrange for pickup and payment at 763-972-3335.    

If you have appliances that need to be recycled and you do not want to wait until clean up days, you can contact  the Wright County Recycling Facility

A compost facility is available for City residents to drop off grass clippings, brush, and yard waste.

Hazardous Household Waste Disposal

Wright County has a program that helps county residents with the disposal of toxic household products and paint.  If you would like more information about the program, you can contact Wright County Recycling Facility at 763-682-7338. 

Illegal Dumping

It is against City Ordinance to store or dispose trash, rubbish, appliances, machinery or motor vehicles, junk, building and demolition materials on any private property located within the City.  

In addition, it is illegal to dispose residential garbage and waste in garbage dumpsters at any business/location throughout City, or garbage cans on public property.  Violators will be prosecuted.

Leaf Pickup

City wide leaf pick up typically takes place in November each year. Leaves must be in compostable bags and placed near your garbage can on your pick up day by 7:00 a.m. Check the City website, social media, electronic sign or local papers for the scheduled pick up date/week, or call (763) 682-1181.

Please Click Here for this years flyer.

Medical Waste Disposal

Materials such as intravenous tubes and bottles, syringe needles and lancets are considered household medical waste. Household medical waste is not recyclable and it should not be flushed into the sanitary sewer system. 

Proper disposal of medical waste includes using a Sharp’s Container or a Safe-Clip Insulin Syringe Needle Clipper. Please contact Wright County Recycling and Hazardous Waste at 763-682-7338 to make an appointment and for more information.


Recycling services in the City of Buffalo are offered through Randy’s Environmental Services.  Click here for more information.

Recyclable materials are collected from residential homes at the curb, every other week, on the scheduled garbage collection day.  If you do not know which week your recycling pickup is, contact us at 763-682-1001.  Place your recycling bin out on collection day by 7:00 AM.

Recyclable materials include: newsprint, junk mail, phone books, computer paper, magazines, metal/aluminum cans, glass containers, plastic (#1 and 2 plastic bottles) bottles and corrugated cardboard.  You can put steel cans, plastic, and aluminum cans in the same bin without using separate paper bags.

Non-recyclable materials include:  certain glass items (drinking glasses, windows, mirrors, ceramic glass), metal (metal chunks of rod iron, iron or galvanized steel), aerosol cans, plastics used to contain hazardous materials, and miscellaneous items (building products, Styrofoam, egg cartons, pop and cigarette boxes).

Randy’s Environmental Services Website

Winter Conditions and Refuse Removal

Placement of Garbage and Recycling Containers

When placing your containers out for pickup on your scheduled day, please do not to put the container in the street. This is an obstacle and can be hazardous for snow plow drivers in the winter months.

Accessibility to Containers

Clear a path 36″ (3 feet) wide from your garbage and recycling carts to the alley or street.  Make sure they can be moved freely. If the trucks cannot easily access your containers, they cannot be emptied.

Snow Removal

Be sure that your garbage and recycling carts are shoveled out the night before your collection day.

Garbage Cans & Plow

For more information, please see City Ordinance section of the website.

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