Garbage & Recycling


Tennis Sanitation is the city’s exclusive residential garbage service.  Curbside pickup is every Tuesday. To establish this service and to ensure accurate billing, please contact City Hall at 651-439-4439. They will take your household information and schedule container size for collection. You will receive a quarterly billing statement for utilities from the city.


Appliances and other large items can be scheduled for pickup at a per-item charge. Residents must contact Tennis Sanitation by 9:00 a.m. on the Monday prior to the next curbside pickup date.  Typical items that are collected are:

  • Large metal household items including refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, humidifiers, stoves, dishwashers, washers and dryers, water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, and water softeners
  • Household items too large to place in container, such as couches, sofas, chairs, dressers, beds, mattresses, desks, and tables
  • Construction related items such as toilets, sinks, bathtubs, shower enclosures, and carpeting. For information on what the charges are, please call Tennis Sanitation.


If waste items cannot fit in the specified trash container but can fit into a 30-gallon plastic bag, residents may place the bag(s) next to the trash container on regular pick-up day.  The resident will be charged $4.00 per bag.  Such bags may not be overfilled so they break from basic handling by the garbage hauler.



The city has two clean up days per year.  There is one in the spring and one in the fall.  Residents will be notified of dates and locations for this event.



Oak Park Heights has curbside recycling every Tuesday.  A 2023 pickup schedule can be found by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.  Tennis Sanitation provides each resident household with a recycling container.  If you are new to the area and need a recycling container, please contact City Hall at 651-439-4439.  Recycling should be put out with garbage by 7:00 a.m. on collection day.


You may recycle the following:


  • Metal cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and containers – Please commingle and accumulate in your recycling container to be placed at the curb on collection day.

- Metal food cans and aluminum beverage cans should be rinsed clean.

- Glass bottles and jars – Three colors: Brown, Green, and Clear.  Discard lids and caps.  Rinse clean.

- Plastic bottles – Remove and throw away all caps, lids, pumps and metal handles.  Rinse clean.  Common plastic bottles are: soda and milk bottles, and water and laundry product containers.


  • Junk mail, mixed paper, magazines and catalogs – Place in a separate paper bag and set next to or inside your recycling container.

- Miscellaneous paper – Place miscellaneous paper in a separate paper bag and set next to or inside your recycling container

- Magazines & catalogs – Direct mailing advertisements, brochures, pamphlets and booklets.


  • Books & file folders – hard and soft covered books, notebooks, envelopes, and manila file folders.
  • Paper – Computer paper, adding machine tape, letterhead paper, typing paper, construction paper, copier paper, ledger paper, NCR paper, receipts and bills, letters, post-it notes, tax and teletax sheets, onionskin paper and clean paper bags.
  • Newspaper – Place in a separate paper bag and set next to or inside your recycling container.
  • Corrugated cardboard – Flatten into 3’x3’ pieces.  Tie or bundle into 3’x3’ pieces and place next to recycling bin.


The city also has a recycling incentive program.  The city awards a prize of $25.00 or a fire extinguisher and/or smoke detector(s).  Residents participating in the curbside recycling program are picked randomly twice a month.

If you have an old, broken down vehicle that you wish to recycle, Please visit  This is a free resource for vehicle recycling.

To donate a car in working or non-working condition to help benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, please visit or call 1-855-450-2873.

Another option for car donation is Vehicles for Vets MN.  Please visit their website at