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Solid Waste

Since the inception of the volume priced garbage collection, the load being hauled to the Grand Forks landfill has decreased by one-third. The City now hauls approximately 600 tons to the landfill each year.

Household garbage must be in garbage bags and secured with an official City of Northwood garbage tag. The tags are one dollar each and can be purchased at City Hall, Guenthner�s  Super Valu or Northwood Co Op Oil. Each bag must be no larger than 50 gallons and no heavier than 70 pounds. No household garbage will be picked up unless secured by an official tag. The tag system is to encourage recycling. Collection day is Thursday for all residents. Commercial garbage is collected Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Garbage Rates

Residential $ 8.70/Month + $1 per Tag

Commercial $ 4.62 per cubic yd (Minimum $20.00/month)

Due to the small participation in curb-side recycling, the city no longer offers curb-side service. The drop off site for recycling is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the west shop. If you are physically unable and you need assistance with your recycling, please contact Jerry Hanson at 587-6291 ext 13 to make other arrangements with the public works department.

Subject to weather permitting, and in the absence of holiday conflicts, the City will pick up yard and garden waste from all official City yard waste containers every Thursday from May through October. Branches can be placed out at your normal garbage location. These containers can be purchased at City Hall for ten dollars each. Leaves and grass cannot be accepted in plastic bags. There is a designated site on the west side of the City Shop located west of town passed the cemetery. You can take yard waste to the designated area at your convenience. No plastic bags can be left at the site.

An annual citywide clean-up day for inert waste items for residential areas are scheduled each year in the spring. Items can be taken to the inert landfill in the schedule below.

Landfill Hours:

May 1st � Oct. 31st

(Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm)


Nov. 1st � April 31st

Call for an appointment

$15 per cubic yard

All material must be properly separated or the fees are double.

City Crew has complete control of dumping.

Note: Prices listed above are only a guideline when determining the cost of each load. Each individual load is charged according to its volume, weight, and what kind of waste it is. Prices listed above are subject to change.

Tires, Oil, Grease, Paint, Lead-Acid Batteries, Dead Animals, Chemicals or Hazardous Waste will not be accepted at the inert landfill.

All loads must be separated before entering the site to avoid possible turning away of your load. All materials must be deposited in the designated areas.

Uncovered loads that have blowing debris coming from it when entering the landfill will be subject to a $50 fee in addition to the regular fees.

Some Acceptable Items

Yard and garden waste, trees, branches, wood, building materials, appliances, and furniture.

Some Non-Acceptable Items

Tires, oils, grease, pesticide-herbicide-fungicide containers, lead-acid batters, dead animals

By participating in the recycling program, and by making use of the inert landfill, city residents can help to control garbage rates, while at the same time keep the City clean and free of debris.