Refuse / Recycling

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 in June. 

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

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Republic Services

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

Republic Services follows the holiday schedule shown below. For any customer inquiries, click the link below.

Republic Services Customer Information

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 2021 trash rates are:

  • $13.29/month for a 35-gallon container
  • $14.51/month for a 65-gallon container
  • $15.72/month for a 95-gallon container

Recycling service has a flat rate of $5.44/month for 2021, 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 952-941-5174. 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

As a reminder, the 2021 yard waste season is coming to an end. The last week of yard waste collection will occur during the week of November 22nd - 26th. Please be sure to have your yard waste container out & curbside on your normal scheduled collection day. Thank you for participating in the curbside yard waste program and we look forward to serving you again next season.

Yard waste is offered as a subscription-based service for Forest Lake residents from April through November. 

The rate includes one 95-gallon yard waste container. Additional containers may be requested at a cost of $20 per season, per container.  Please contact Republic Services at

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:  952-941-5174  or

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