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Solid Waste & Recycling

309 2nd Ave S., Room 210
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2281

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Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling 

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 Recycle Smart - bagged recyclables

Make sure your recyclables are placed loose in your recycling cart. Recycling in plastic bags does not get properly sorted by equipment at the recycling facility and sorting staff can't tell what's in the bag. Plastic bags contaminate the recycling and recyclables inside of plastics bags often end up in the garbage. 

Paper bags used to collect containers (plastic, glass and metal) should be emptied into the recycling cart and the paper bag added to the cart separately. Recycling in paper bags can get smashed together inside the bag and become difficult to separate at the recycling facility.

Recycle smart and do your part by putting your recyclables loose into your recycling cart. Contact our office for more information.

Live in St. Paul? Visit St. Paul's recycling website for more information about recycling collection.


Yard waste collection: Yard waste collection will end the week of November 18 - 22, 2019. You may place properly prepared yard waste out for collection on your regularly scheduled collection day. The following are accepted:YW - Reusable Container

For more information visit our Yard Waste webpage. Request free stickers to label your reusable yard waste container by contacting Solid Waste & Recycling.


Request free litter cleanup supplies: Individuals, block clubs and organizations can get free bags and gloves to clean up their neighborhood anytime throughout the year. Use the bag to clean up public areas such as sidewalks, curbs, boulevards and alleys, and then place the bagged litter with your regular garbage.

Request supplies or learn about other free litter reduction and City beautification programs on our Clean City Minneapolis webpages.Recyclables no longer accepted


Changes to recyclables accepted: Due to changes in the international, national and local recycling markets, it's more important than ever to only put the proper items in recycling carts. Only the items identified on the recycling guide should be put in recycling carts.

Recent changes to what is accepted include:

These materials have weak markets and can be difficult to sort out at the recycling facility. For more information visit our Acceptable Recyclables webpage. For information on what to do with items not included on the recycling guide, use our What to Do List or Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide.


Recycling Tour photo of truck and pile of recyclablesTake a tour of the recycling facility: You can now sign up to attend a tour of the recycling facility where the City's one-sort recyclables are sorted back into paper, plastic, glass and metal. Tours are offered monthly, however, space is limited and some restrictions apply. Click here for more information, tour dates, times, and how to sign up. If you can't attend a tour in person but still want to see how the recycling system works, watch Eureka Recycling's Story of a Cereal Box video.


Organics Recycling

Sign up now.
There's no extra cost to participate!  Organics are collected weekly on your regularly scheduled collection day. Find more information on our Organics Recycling webpages

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One-Sort Recycling

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Home container labels Stickers for home waste containers

Label containers in your home so guests know how to properly sort their waste Stickers are available for Solid Waste & Recycling customers to label your interior recycling, organics recycling, and trash containers located throughout your house. To order stickers to help improve your home collection system, call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 or email your request including the number of each type of stickers you want to [email protected]. If you are not a Solid Waste & Recycling customer, you may request labels, guides, and more from Hennepin County at

 Helpful Hennepin County websites

Green Disposal Guide
Apartment Recycling
Business Recycling Grants
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
Fix-It Clinics
Master Recycler/Composter

Alternative formats

Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 or by emailing [email protected].
Para assistencia: 612-673-2700
Pau kev pab: 612-673-2800
Hadii aad caawimaad u baahantahay: 612-673-3500

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Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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The Division of Solid Waste & Recycling is committed to excellence in customer service. The mission of the Division is to protect the health and safety of Minneapolis residents by providing solid waste management services that result in a clean and livable city. A Clean City is Job One, and the job is carried out in a safe, environmentally protective and cost effective manner. Solid Waste & Recycling is funded by your monthly fees, sale of metals and recyclables and a Hennepin County recycling grant. Property taxes are not part of the funding for your solid waste and recycling services. 

Last updated Oct 18, 2019



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People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000.
TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-637-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500. 

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