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A referendum is the process by which a legislative ordinance adopted by the City Council is then "referred" or submitted to a vote to be taken by the city's residents, allowing the people to either approve or reject the ordinance passed by the Council.  In August and September 2018, the Council adopted four "garbage program" ordinances.  

Voters petitioned the St. Paul City Council for referendums on two of the four ordinances, 18-39 & 18-40.  Because two ordinances are involved, we circulated TWO petitions and 6,200+ St. Paul residents signed BOTH at the same time.  (See Status)  

  • First Petition (for Ordinance 18-40). 
    • September 27, 2018 - submitted 5,919 signatures on 689 pages.  
    • October 8, 2018 - 5,071 signatures certified as valid -- more than the 4,932 required.
    • October 17, 2018 - Council determined by resolution that our petition on ORD 18-40 is "sufficient."
      • Ordinance 18-40 has been suspended and is not operative.
  • Second Petition (for Ordinance 18-39).

    • October 16, 2018 - submitted 6,458+ signatures on 755 pages.
    • October 31, 2018 - 5,541 signatures certified as valid -- more than the 4,932 required.
    • November 14, 2018 - Council determined by resolution that our petition on ORD 18-39 is:
      • "Sufficient" for the number of signatures; BUT
      • "Not appropriate" to submit to the electorate.
  • We need to sue the City and are engaging an attorney who is experienced in this type of litigation.

  • Will you help by Donating to our Legal Fund?

This continues to be an enormous task.  Thank you for joining us!


On 10/16/2018, we (temporarily?) suspended our collection of signatures. 

BUT, depending on unpredictable City garbage program activity, something could change.    ...stay tuned...   (See Status )  (See Events and Locations )


This petition drive is a first step toward
achieving these GOALS:

  • Ability to Opt Out
  • Ability to Share Containers
  • Reduce Excessive Price Increases
  • Reduce Excessive Space Requirements
  • Make the Program FAIR TO ALL
Real-Life Examples
Financial & Space Implications
Then What?

Petitions now.  What's next?

Minnesota Voter Registration Application

Petition signers MUST currently be residents of and registered to vote in the City of Saint Paul.   If you have never voted in St. Paul, if you moved to a new house or apartment but have not updated your address, or if you voted more than one year ago, please  Click Here  (MN Secretary of State - voter status).

City of St. Paul -- Garbage Service Info

May 2018

Cost Analysis by John Genereux - August 2018

St. Paul Trash - Flyer

Download and hand out to anyone who would like one


City of St. Paul -- Trash Cart Mandate

Annual costs + Other information

How many carts are required for my building?

Can I share a cart with my neighbor(s)?

As a "zero waster," can I opt out?