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CITY DESIGNATED REFUSE BAGS (“Blue Bags”)

WHY DO WE HAVE TO USE BLUE BAGS?

Since 1993, State law has directed that garbage disposal pricing in the State of Minnesota be based on either weight or volume. Billing by weight proved to be an unfeasible method for many reasons for the City of Virginia. Our only alternative was to bill by volume; thus the City of Virginia, along with other Range cities throughout the state, designed a bag system.

To ensure compliance with the bag system, the City then created an ordinance requiring all RESIDENTIAL customers to use a “Blue Bag”.

The City has a Blight Officer who inspects dumpsters to insure compliance with this ordinance.

HOW DOES THE BAG SYSTEM WORK?

Simplistically, the bag system has two parts; the first part is a flat fee for residential garbage charged by both the City and County. This is shown on your utility bill.

This charge covers the cost of pick up and hauling garbage. The other part is the “flexible” cost for blue bags. While the bags are sold at a set price, it lets a household determine how many blue bags they are going to use each month. For example, a single person generates a lot less garbage than a family of six does, therefore, the single person most likely will spend less in blue bags and in turn will pay a smaller amount for garbage each month by not using as many blue bags.

WHERE DO I BUY THE BAGS?

You may purchase the “Blue Bags” at most grocery and hardware stores in the Virginia area. They are available in two convenient sizes—13, and 30 gallons.