Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling
Holiday reminder - collection not affected
Collection of garbage, recycling, organics, yard waste and large items will not be affected by the Veterans Day holiday on November 11, 2019. Please place your carts, yard waste and up to two large items at your collection point (alley or curb line) by 6 a.m. on your regularly scheduled pickup day.
Yard waste collection ends the week of November 18 - 22, 2019
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.
Kids toys, large or small, with or without batteries, are not designed to be sorted at recycling facilities. They often contain more than one material (plastic, metal, textiles) making them difficult or impossible to recycle. Batteries are especially dangerous as they can start fires at recycling sorting facilities. Recycle Smart and do your part by purchasing high-quality toys, donating usable toys, and properly recycling electronics and batteries at drop-off locations.
If you have young children, you can reduce toy purchases by subscribing to the Minneapolis Toy Library (ages 0-5 years old). Like a book library, you can check-out toys and exchange them for new toys every couple of weeks.
For unwanted but usable toys, offer them to your friends, family, and neighbors; hold a garage sale; or
- Post online: Nextdoor, Twin Cities Free Market, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist
- Bring toys to a donation center or second-hand store: Goodwill, Salvation Army, Bridging, Arc's Value Village
- Bring sporting goods to an equipment reseller: Play it Again Sports, Way to go Sports, Instant Replay
Recycle smart and do your part by purchasing high-quality toys - and even better, buy them used! If they're still in good shape when your family is done with them, donate, sell or give them away. Contact our office for more information.
Live in St. Paul? Visit St. Paul's recycling website for more information about recycling collection.
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.
Tour Eureka Recycling's sorting 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
Hadii aad caawimaad u baahantahay: 612-673-3500
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 Nov 12, 2019