Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling
Paper to-go containers cannot be recycled because they are often lined with plastic or contaminated with food. Unlined paper plates, napkins and paper towels can be composted through the City's Organics Recycling program or an organics recycling drop-off site.
All black plastic and to-go containers that are made of #6 plastic (either foam or hard plastic) are not recyclable. The equipment used at recycling facilities cannot sort or detect black plastics. There are no markets that can use #6 or black plastics.
Recycle Smart and avoid using disposable to-go containers by making meals at home or frequenting restaurants that use compostable products. When dining out, try sharing meals to reduce leftover food or bring your own reusable to-go container to the restaurant instead. 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:
- Paper lawn and leaf bags
- BPI certified compostable plastic bags
- Reusable container must be 32-38 gallons in size, 26-32 inches tall, have sturdy handles, and weigh no more than 40 pounds when full.
- Brush and branches bundled with string or twine. Bundles must be less than 3 feet long and weigh less than 40 pounds. Branches must be less than 3 inches in diameter.
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.
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:
- No #6 plastics (polystyrene: rigid or foam)
- No black plastics (any number)
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.
Take 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.
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For detailed information visit:
- Paper Recycling
- Food, Beverage & Other Container Recycling
- Household Battery Recycling
- Electronics Recycling
- Large Item
- Household Hazardous Waste
Home container labels
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 www.hennepin.us/recycleeverywhere.
Helpful Hennepin County websites
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
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Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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 Sep 19, 2019