Get ready for cleanup days, weeks in metro

Moorhead changes name to Cleanup Days as theirs last two weeks.

Cleanup Week
An example of how to stack items for Cleanup Week.
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FARGO — The metro is gearing up for spring cleaning.

Moorhead has changed the name of its annual citywide extra trash collection to Cleanup Days, while in Fargo, Dilworth and West Fargo they are still calling it Cleanup Week.

The rules and regulations vary by city, but most items will be picked up. Demolition and construction materials, residential electronics and household chemicals will not be collected.

Moorhead announced this year it won't be collecting tires and said those should be taken to retail tire shops.

Here's a look at the basics for the upcoming metrowide cleanup:



Cleanup Days will run from May 2 to May 13 with furniture, household goods and appliances collected at single-family residences' curbs beginning at 5 a.m on the residents' scheduled garbage day on the opposite week from recycling pickup.

Excess garbage should be set out one day before the normally scheduled garbage pickup.

Apartments aren't eligible for curbside pickup, but those residents can bring excess garbage — along with identification — to the transfer station free of charge at 2727 Highway 10 East. The phone number is 218-299-5465.

The city and county are working on a new transfer station just north of Walmart and Highway 10 that will be a one-stop center for recycling and other excess waste later this year.

Some other Cleanup Days rules in Moorhead are:

  • Two appliances per household will be picked up free of charge. Remove refrigerator and freezer doors for safety. Empty propane tanks will be accepted.
  • When possible, use disposal containers such as cardboard boxes for waste.
  • Residents can get a jump on spring cleanup by bringing furniture, household goods and excess garbage to the transfer station starting Monday, April 25, free of charge. This will continue through May 13.
  • Residential electronics such as computers, computer monitors, TVs, fluorescent and LED bulbs, cellphones, holiday light strings and rechargeable batteries can be taken to the Clay County Electronics Recycling at 1300 15th Avenue North at no fee. Special hours will be May 2,4,9 and 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 3 and 10th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., May 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. Regular hours are Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. year-round.
  • Household chemicals such as paints and stains will be accepted free at the Clay County Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 2729 Highway 10 East. Special Cleanup Days hours are May 2, 4, 9 and 11 from 8 am. to 4 p.m. and May 7 from 8 am. to noon.


Dilworth's Clean Up Week will be May 2 through May 6.

Items should be placed on the boulevard the night before garbage pickup day. Residents are asked to separate items of the same type into distinct piles and are encouraged to donate items to thrift stores to reduce volumes.

Appliances will be picked up once a disposal fee is paid at City Hall and pickup is arranged. That is available at any time during the year, but there's still a $20 fee for pickup during Cleanup Week.


Yard waste must be brought to the southwest corner of the maintenance building at 600 Center Ave. W.

Here is the schedule by neighborhood for Cleanup Week: Southeast and Southwest on May 2, Northwest Oakview and Kroshus on May 3, Northeast from Highway 10 to Ditch 50 on May 4, Northeast from north of Ditch 50, Woodbridge, East View and Orchard Estates Seventh Avenue on May 5; Little Italy, Summerwood, Keystone and Orchard Estates 8th Avenue and up on May 6.

Questions can be answered at 218-287-2313.

West Fargo

Cleanup Week will be May 2 through May 6 with all items asked to be placed curbside after 4 p.m. the night before garbage collection.

Household items should be bagged and tied, with items too large still accepted at curbside.

During Cleanup Week, there will be no branch collection, but service will resume May 9.

Renovation and building materials will be permitted during Cleanup Week only.

Some items that can never be disposed of curbside, including household hazardous wastes such as paints, oils and varnishes, must be brought to the Fargo Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 606 43 1/2 St. N. Grass clippings, compost materials and other organic materials must be brought to one of three yard waste disposal sites in West Fargo. Residential electronics such as TVs and computers should also be taken to the hazardous waste facility.


The city has a Transfer Station at 1620 Main Ave. W. open year-round where residents can bring items such as extra garbage, recycling, yard waste, branches and large items free of charge. After Cleanup Week, residents can continue to dispose of appliances at the station for a $10 fee.


Fargo's special collection starts May 2 and runs through May 13. The system will be similar to last year with pickup following the recycling collection schedule.

Cleanup Week doesn't involve apartment buildings, and those residents are asked to use the transfer station at the landfill for larger items.

Recycling Coordinator Jen Pickett emphasized people should only put out their items the night before the pickup.

She said people will often drive by and pick through garbage that is left out too early, leaving a "mess" for crews to gather.

Garbage is to be placed in disposable containers, except for oversized items. Residents are also asked to separate items into distinct piles as separate trucks collect the items.

The city will pick up two appliances and any refrigerator or freezer doors must be removed and no food left inside.

Pickett also said people can at any time haul unwanted debris or large items to the city's transfer station at the landfill free of charge. It's for Fargo residents only from 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

She said this can help make Cleanup Week easier and less expensive for the city.

Hazardous materials such as paints and oils as well as residential electronics such as TVs and old computers must be taken to the city's Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 606 43 1/2 Street North from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays. It's open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon.

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