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Garbage and recycling must be placed at the curbside (or alleyside) by 6 a.m. on the designated collection day. Garbage pick up times can vary week to week. Just because your garbage is "normally" picked up at 10:00 a.m. does not mean that you can wait till 9 a.m. to put your garbage out. If the Hauler abides by the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. pick up window, they are not obligated to pick-up garbage and recycling that was not curbside (or alleyside) when they arrive for collection.
There are a number of reasons why the City of River Falls has chosen to contract for residential garbage collection though one hauler including:
Everyone should recycle. It's the law and there is no itemized charge for recycling. If you don't recycle, you should pay more. Waste Management is able to sell recyclable materials whereas they need to pay to dump garbage in a landfill. Paying to dispose of materials that could be recycled and sold makes no sense. Furthermore, if you don't recycle, you will likely find your container inadequate and have to pay additional for garbage tags.