In most cases, the community or township associations in counties and townships arrange for the weekly garbage collection in their communities. Households in farther rural areas can also pay a private garbage service to collect their trash.
A curbside collection program is not considered economical for unincorporated areas. Some counties and townships, such as the Unincorporated Washington County in Oregon, provide weekly trash collection services, as well as recycling and yard debris collection every other week. These services can cost twice as much as the trash collection rates paid by city residents. Small towns and far-off areas, however, do not receive recycling and debris collection. The community association may schedule a hauler to collect the trash from a pickup point and haul it off to a landfill.
Counties in Minnesota, including the counties of Lincoln, Redwood and St. Louis, arrange for drop-off sites near existing recycling facilities. To check if your county has arranged a drop-off site within your community, check your county's official website or call the sanitary and waste disposal office in your area. Residents who cannot drop off their trash in one of the arranged drop-off sites can hire a private company to collect their trash in a weekly or biweekly basis.