Refuse / Recycling

Republic Services

Waste, Recycling, Yard Waste, and Bulk Pick Up Service

Republic Services is closely monitoring the changing COVID-19 situation. Their number one priority is safety. The essential service they provide to the City will continue to go uninterrupted.

Republic Services will be operating their full services under the following guidelines:

  • Drivers will not be authorized to leave their vehicle to pick up waste or recycling that is outside the refuse cart
  • Yard Waste programs will start the week of April 20, 2020
  • Bulk Pick Up service will start the week of April 27, 2020 (please call Republic Services directly to schedule bulk pick up - See the link below)
  • Please make sure your waste contents (including yard waste) are inside waste and recycle bins

The Republic Services team remains committed to the community throughout this crisis. For updates you can visit:

Republic Services Customer Information

Recycling Champions Program

The City of Forest Lake is excited to launch a new Recycling Champions Program this year.  ’Recycling Champions’ will receive the training and information needed to serve as an ambassador in the community, and use that knowledge and education to then teach and inform their family, friends and neighbors.  The Recycling Champions Program is expected to kick-off by June 2020.  

If you are interested in becoming a Recycling Champion, please register online at:

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Republic Services Information

Republic Services provides the City of Forest Lake Refuse and Recycling services.  To set up your service for for any changes to your service, please contact Republic Services directly at: 763-259-5535.  You can also contact them at the following web address:

Please note the following information below which contains basic rates and collection instructions.

Service Levels

Waste is collected weekly and Recycling every other week (see the maps below for your collection days).

Waste service has tiered pricing. The pre-tax rates for 2019 are:

  • $12/month for a 35-gallon container
  • $13/month for a 65-gallon container
  • $14/month for a 95-gallon container

Recycling service has a flat rate of $5.17/month for 2019, and all residents will have a 95-gallon container.

If you wish to have your 95-gallon waste container exchanged for a different size, please contact Republic Services at or 763-259-5535. Please include your name, address and desired container size in your email. 


Please make sure your containers are placed within 5 feet of the curb or roadside by 6:30 a.m. on your collection day. We recommend putting your containers out the night before. Please allow until 6 p.m. on your collection day for the driver to service your container.

Subscription Yard Waste Service

Yard waste is offered as a subscription-based service for Forest Lake residents. 

 The annual pre-tax rate for 2020 will be $118.64. This rate includes one 95-gallon yard waste container. Additional containers may be requested at a cost of $20 per season, per container.

Holiday Schedule

We observe the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. If your pickup day falls on or after one of these holidays, it will be delayed by one day. For example, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 2, so your collection day that week will be delayed by one day, with Friday collections being collected on Saturday.

Billing Policy

Bills are sent quarterly with payments being made in advance of service being rendered. Your first quarterly bill will be for the months of August, September and October.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the above information, please contact Republic Services directly at:  763-259-5535  or

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