Garbage Collection

The City provides tote style containers for all residential garbage collection free of charge. The containers have lids and wheels which are very sturdy and easy to roll around. There are two options for container sizes:

  • A 96 gallon container will hold about 7 common kitchen garbage bags of 13 gallon capacity and cost $15.00 per month for pickup.
  • A 64 gallon container will hold about 5 common kitchen garbage bags of 13 gallon capacity and cost $11.00 per month for pick up.

Special tags are sold at the Auditor’s office if an ‘extra bag’ is needed to be picked up periodically. The extra bag cannot exceed a 30 gallon capacity and costs $3.00 per bag. Unmarked bags that are not in the garbage tote will not be picked up.

Some residents will need more than one container. If this is your situation then your bill will reflect the number of containers required.

Extra Fee:

Furniture and carpet are not accepted at the city landfill so you must call city hall at
347-4861 x10 to schedule pickup of the following items.  These fees will be added to your utility bill:

  • Chair – free
  • Couch or mattress/box spring – $10.00 each
  • Carpet rolls no wider than 4 feet and no longer than 9 feet, rolled 4 feet wide and tied. Single room (up to 3 rolls) – free Larger room – $15.00

Garbage pickup will be on paved roads only. There will be NO ALLEY pickup. Those that currently have alley pickup will move their pickup site to the street or avenue.

There are ways that households can reduce the amount of garbage going to a landfill. The City has two recycling drop sites for recycling newsprint, cardboard, aluminum cans, steel cans, glass, plastic jugs and magazines. These sites are available for use free of charge.

Please contact the auditor as to which size and number of totes you would like to use. Please include your address. Residents will be able to change their container size once per year. Please take time to read the following regulations.

Trash Regulations

  • All occupants of residences shall deposit all garbage and refuse in garbage containers provided by the City and place said containers, with the wheels toward the house, adjacent to the street for collection on the day(s) designated by the City Public Works Director for pickup. The container must be placed at least three feet from any object and not behind a vehicle that is parked on the street. Placement should be in the driveway, on the curb or in an accessible location approved by the Public Works Director.
  • All garbage must be placed in bags before placement into the container, and make sure the lid is completely closed.
  • The containers should be placed in the required location for collection no earlier than 7:00 p.m. on the day preceding a designated pickup day, or by 6:00 a.m. the day of designated pickup and must be removed from a street or curbside location no later than 7:00 p.m. after the container has been emptied. Except during these prescribed hours, the containers must be stored in a location selected so as to create a minimum of disturbance or distraction to adjoining residents and to the general public.  The covers shall remain closed at all times.
  • The containers remain the property of the City and are provided and assigned to residences for the health, safety, convenience, and general welfare of the occupants. Containers that are damaged, destroyed, or stolen through abuse, neglect, or improper use by the owner/occupant will be replaced by the City at the expense of the occupants or the owner of the residence. The containers shall not be damaged, destroyed, defaced, or removed from the premises by any person. Markings and identification devices on the containers, except as placed by the City, are expressly prohibited and will be regarded as damage to the containers. The occupant/owner shall maintain the container in a clean and odor free condition. Damaged or missing containers should be reported to the City for repairs or replacement.
  • If a garbage container is found to be abused or improperly used, the City will mark/tag the container. The resident user is responsible for contacting the City to determine why the container has been marked and to follow corrective action before the mark/tag may be removed.
  • A variation to the requirements of this section related to placement of the container for collection may be considered only after a written request is made to the Supervisor of Public Works.
  • The owner or occupant responsible for the container is responsible to notify the City when moving or no longer requiring the container. The City will remove the container and inspect it to insure it has not been damaged. If damages are determined to exist according to these regulations, the owner or occupant will be assessed for the cost of repairs or replacement.
  • The owner or occupant is responsible to locate the container at the driveway or on the curb for collection. No garbage, trash or refuse will be collected unless it is in an approved container or approved by the City for collection for a special event, such as “clean-up week”. The owner or occupant who fails to comply with the requirement of placing garbage, trash, or refuse at the proper location on their designated day will not receive any collection until the following week on the normal collection day.
  • No property owner or tenant may allow the accumulation of garbage, refuse, rubbish, or wastes upon property owned or occupied by him/her so that such accumulation is dangerous or prejudicial to the public health.
  • Where such an accumulation exists for any reason, the City may summarily remove, abate, or remedy such accumulation and the expense of the action must be paid by the person in default, and if not paid, a lien shall be placed upon the land or premises where the problem arose and shall be collected as unpaid taxes.
  • No hazardous materials such as chemicals, paint, or motor oil should be placed in your cart. These items can be taken to the City of Fargo’s Household Hazardous Waste facility located at 606 43-1/2 Street NW.
  • No grass, construction demo, or concrete are allowed in the containers. The City will tag/mark the container one time; if there continues to be prohibited items the container will be removed. The resident user is responsible for contacting the City to determine why the container has been marked and to follow corrective action before the mark/tag may be removed, or returned.
  • Hold the cart handle and tip the cart back on its wheels before attempting to push or pull the cart. Don’t roll the cart with the lid open. On slopes, push the cart when going downhill; pull the cart when going uphill.
  • Extra bag fee = $3.00 per bag with prepurchased stickers available at City Hall. If there is not a sticker on the bag it will not be picked up. 30 gallon is the maximum size allowed.
  • Maintenance and Exchanges- If you need to exchange your cart for a different size you may contact the Public Works Departmet and request one cart exchange per year. Additional exchanges will be billed at $10 per exchange. Your monthly garbage fee will be adjusted to reflect the new can size.

Collection Schedule:

Trash will not be collected on the following holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Trash normally scheduled for collection on a holiday will be collected the next weekday following the holiday.

Tuesday – All residents north of the railroad tracks except those along Langer Avenue

Thursday – All residents on Langer Avenue and those south of the railroad tracks

Business Accounts – Speak with Public Works for your schedule

The City offers an automatic payment plan for your City utility bill. Download the automatic payment form PDF and return the completed form to the Casselton City Auditor. The document authorizes the City to automatically withdraw your water bill amount from your checking or savings account. The funds are taken out on the 10th of every month. About 34% of all homes and businesses participate in this plan. A utility bill will still be mailed each month to show usage and amount to be withdrawn.

Landfill Hours

The city landfill is now open for the season! Hours are Monday through Friday from 3pm to 8pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm (closed when muddy or road closed). The landfill entrance is on Front Street going south at 15th Avenue. Click here for a list of the Landfill Disposal Fees. Call 347-5521 for additional information.
Please note that carpet and furniture are not accepted at the city landfill. Please call city hall at 347-4861 x10 to have these items picked up.

Clean up week is May 1-6, 2017

  • The landfill hours for clean up week are from 1pm to 8pm May 1 to May 5.  Saturday, May 6, the landfill will be open from 10am to 6pm.
  • City residents and businesses will be allowed to bring items to the landfill that can be accepted free of charge.
  • Only residential trash will be collected. No commercial waste.
  • All clean-up trash will be collected on the regular garbage pickup day only.
  • All trees must be bundled and tied in 4-foot lengths; logs must be no more than 4 feet long and 10 inches across. Brush will not be picked up if not properly bundled.
  • Place trash where your regular garbage is picked up. Separate like items together, leaving 3 feet of clear space around totes.
  • Items to be picked up are wood, metal, appliances, LIMIT OF 2 APPLIANCES PER HOUSEHOLD, combined limit of 2 couches and/or mattress/box springs and 2 tires.
  • No leaves, grass, concrete, construction materials or porcelain will be picked up. These items must be hauled to the landfill.
  • The Public Works Department asks residents to not put any pesticides, weed killers, paint or any other hazardous waste with your garbage. These and other hazardous waste, including televisions and computers, can be taken to the City of Fargo Household Hazardous Waste facility, located at 606 43-1/2 St N, Fargo ND. Please call 281-8915 for hours of operation. The hazardous waste facility is free to Casselton Residents if you bring your water bill from the City of Casselton with you. There will be a charge for items that contain mercury.


Recycling is a great way to reduce what goes into a city landfill, decrease costs to the resident when using a smaller tote and increasing income for the city from money received for recycling.  But there is also a right and wrong way to recycle in Casselton.

Anything in the recycling bin that shouldn’t be in the bin makes more work for the city employees when sorting, taking away time from doing other city work.  It’s also dangerous for the city employees when finding items like knives, needles and razors are  in the recycling bins.   And some items like food and oils contaminate recycled items resulting in the dollar amount paid to the city being reduced.

The recycling program in Casselton might not match what you see on a recycling company’s website.  Each recycling program is unique due to location, participation rates and most important, economic feasibility.  So pay close attention to the specifics for recycling in the City of Casselton.  Dumpsters for recycling are located south of the Vets Club (814 Front St) and east of Nickl Park (400 1st St S).  White office paper is collected south of the Vets Club. 

These are items Casselton does recycle and some of the DO NOT’s to be aware of.

DO NOT leave any food in boxes, glass, tin or aluminum.  If there is food in recyclables and loaded into the truck, the whole load is considered a bio hazard resulting in deductions on the price paid to the city.

Cardboard – ONLY corrugated cardboard (cardboard usually made of three different layers, the two outer layers having a smooth surface while the central inner layer is corrugated (wavy)).

NOT Accepted: cereal boxes, pop can cases, tissue boxes, wax lined cardboard, shoe boxes (unless corrugated)

Pizza boxes are okay (if corrugated),  but NO FOOD left in them.

The cardboard corrugated flat from pop or water is okay, but NOT the plastic wrap that is around it.

And PLEASE BREAK DOWN YOUR BOXES (slit the seams and flatten).  The dumpsters hold a lot more material if everyone does their part.  Not only is it unsightly to have boxes lying beside the dumpster because it’s not packed well, but the ND winds take advantage of this situation too.

Glass – any color glass, but REMOVE plastic or metal lids

NOT Accepted: windshield glass (it has a safety shield and will not go through the grinder), toilets and sinks (they are porcelain and not glass)

Tin – ex. soup, vegetable, & fruit cans – label does not have to be taken off, but please rinse them out.

NOT Accepted – scrap metal and siding, paint cans, aerosol cans (dangerous for employees as they explode when being compacted)

Aluminum – ex. soda cans – please rinse

NOT Accepted: aluminum foil, aluminum pie plates, roaster & cake pans (these items are very hard to clean and likely have food on them which goes back to being a biohazard), and siding.

And please make sure to keep the aluminum cans separate from the tin cans and in the appropriate receptacles!

Newsprint – newspapers along with the inserts, shoppers and publications printed on newspaper stock

NOT Accepted: catalogs, junk mail and construction paper, and phone books (the fibers used are too short to reformulate into new paper, BUT they can be taken to a phone book recycling dumpster in Fargo as they can be recycled into new phone books)

Magazines – magazines with ONLY glossy pages, no other bound material

NOT Accepted: phone books, catalogs over ¾” thick, books or junk mail

White Office Paper – WHITE ONLY – copy paper, envelopes without windows, ruled notebook paper (not the metal spiral or the covering)

NOT Accepted: Colored paper, colored envelopes, envelopes with windows, Post Its

The lid MUST remain closed to keep paper dry for recycling.

Misc. Items to Recycle – Laser and ink jet cartridges, toner cartridges (not tanks), digital cameras, MP3 players, GPS units, and cell phones.  Please take these items to the Casselton Public Library at 702 1st St N, Casselton

Used Oil – Earl’s Repair (1250 Front St) and Car Doctor (545 Front St) accept used oil