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Items Not Allowed in the Landfill

Most household and business waste is accepted at the City of Fargo Landfill; however, there are a few items that are not accepted and/or should be taken to other sites.

Ask an appliance dealer to take your old appliance as a trade-in when purchasing a new one. Residents of Fargo can dispose of non-freon appliances at no cost in the Transfer Station, with proof of residency (such as a City of Fargo utility bill). Commercial accounts will be charged a disposal fee for appliances (stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, etc.). For current pricing, contact the landfill at 701.282.2489. Residents are allowed to place up to two appliances on the curb during Cleanup Week (first full week in May) at no charge.

Batteries (Lead-Acid)
These must be accepted as trade-ins for new batteries at all retail stores. The following businesses take old car batteries: Batteries Plus, Exide Battery, Hazer's Auto and Truck Salvage and Interstate Battery or bring to HHW facility.

Motor Oil
Most service stations and oil change businesses accept used motor oil (up to 5 gallons at a time) at no charge during business hours. Collection tanks for used motor oil are located at the city's HHW facility. For large amounts of oil, contact OSI Environmental (formerly Waste Oil Services) at 218.233.5446 or Oye Construction at 701.232.2782.

Most tire dealers recycle old tires with the purchase of new ones. The landfill accepts tires for a fee. The City of Fargo will collect tires on your garbage day for a fee, contact us for this service.

Yard Waste
Yard waste must be taken to a compost/recycling site or composted in your backyard. See our yard waste page for more information on this ban and on backyard composting.

In addition, per The City of Fargo's Sanitary Landfill Permit #0260, The City of Fargo Landfill is not allowed to accept the following:

Lead, PCBs, soluble wastes, manure, septic tank pumpings, infectious wastes, liquids, hazardous wastes, electronics and mercury-containing devices. Debris that is mixed with any kind of recyclables (metal, cardboard, trees/pallets) may be rejected until the recyclables have been removed. The City of Fargo Landfill does not accept concrete, tree stumps or roots.