Since 1991, St. Cloud has operated a volume-based refuse collection system combined with recycling. Under the City's system, user charges are based on the volume of refuse placed out for collection.
The Sanitation Division provides refuse, recycling and yard waste services to single family, duplex and triplex residential properties. A variety of special services are also provided. Larger residental properties, commercial and industrial properties are not eligible for service under the City system, and must use private waste collection services.