Special Pick-Up

Using the Special Pickup Service

The special pickup service is for disposal of large items such as couches, recliners, mattresses, box springs, carpeting, tables, sinks, toilets, lumber, etc. If you have questions, or to arrange a special pick-up, contact the Public Works Department at 320-650-2900 during regular business hours.

How the Special Pickup Service Works

  • To use this service, you must be a city refuse and recycling system customer.
  • Special pickups will be scheduled on the same day as your weekly refuse pickup.
  • You must call at least one day in advance to schedule a special pickup.
  • This service is offered throughout the year.
  • There is no limit to the number of special pickups that you may schedule.
  • Items to be picked up should be set out along with your weekly refuse; the truck that picks up your weekly refuse will also pick up your special pickup items.
  • Items should be bagged, boxed or bundled and stacked neatly and placed at your regular refuse pickup location by 6 a.m. the day of the scheduled pickup.
  • Attach your address onto one of your items to be picked up.
  • All small items must be contained in bags, boxes or bundles not to exceed 50 pounds in weight.
  • Small items that are not contained may not be picked up.
  • Garbage cans and other containers will not be emptied. If material is contained in a garbage can, the can will be taken. 
  • Do not use green city refuse bags for this service.


  • The minimum fee for a special pickup is $40 plus tax for up to 2 cubic yards (3 feet x 3 feet x 6 feet) OR 200 pounds of material collected.
  • An additional fee of $20 plus tax will be charged for each additional cubic yard (3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet) OR 100 pounds of material collected. 
  • The fee for mattress disposal will be $30 plus tax per mattress of any size. This fee includes one box spring. 
  • The fee for mattress disposal will be in addition to the special pickup fee if additional items are picked up.


  • Carpet and padding (rolled 4 feet x 1 foot in diameter)
  • Chairs and recliners
  • Couches
  • Desks
  • Doors (shower, patio, storm, etc.)
  • Grills with no digital controls (propane tank removed)
  • Untreated lumber (in lengths of 4 feet or shorter)
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Windows

Non-Acceptable Items

State law prohibits the city from picking up the following items:

  • Electronic products (computers, monitors, printers, cell phones, tablets, fax machines, TVs, radios, stereos, VCRs, DVD players, etc.)
  • Exercise equipment (treadmills, ellipticals and similar items)
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Waste oil/used oil and used oil filters
  • Lawn mowers, Snow blowers
  • Major appliances (microwaves, washers, dryers, air conditioners, dehumidifies, garbage disposals, etc.)
  • Paint and household hazardous materials
  • Propane tanks
  • Construction materials (pallets, shingles, concrete, ceiling tiles, treated wood, siding, decking, etc.)
  • Tires
  • Steel posts or poles (clothes lines, basketball hoops, flagpole)
  • Treated wood

Please use the Waste Wizard on the Stearns County website to check for proper disposal options.

Contact Us

  1. Public Works Department


    1200 15th Ave. SE
    St. Cloud, MN 56304

    Ph: 320-650-2900
    Fx: 320-255-7237


    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.