Prevent Recycling Theft
Recycling theft or "scavenging" is the unauthorized collection of recyclable materials set out by residents for authorized collection programs with the City. City of Minneapolis Ordinance 244.355 (c) states that it’s against the law.
You can discourage “scavengers” by:
- Not putting your recyclables out until the day of pickup.
- Asking your neighbors not to put their recyclables out until the day of pickup.
- Call 911 if you see “scavengers” taking items. If the person leaves prior to the arrival of officers, you can call 911 back to let the operator know that a squad is no longer needed.
Contact your crime prevention specialist for additional prevention information. You can also Call 311. (
Last updated Dec 18, 2018