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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

Holiday Collection Reminder: Collection will not be affected by the Veterans Day holiday on Sunday November 11, 2018.  Although collection is not affected, Solid Waste & Recycling's office will be closed on Monday November 12, 2018 in observance of Veterans Day.

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Yard waste collection will end the week of November 12 - 16, 2018.  You may place properly prepared yard waste out for collection by City crews through your garbage day during the week of November 12 - 16, 2018.  Yard waste must be in compostable bags - paper (Kraft) or compostable plastic - or unbagged in a reusable container 26-32 inches high and no more than 26 inches wide with sturdy handles.  Bagged and bundled yard waste including a reusable containers must weigh less than 40 pounds.  Yard waste is not allowed in City-provided garbage, recycling or organics recycling carts and State law prohibits disposing of yard waste with garbage or in petroleum based plastic bags.  Visit our Yard Waste webpage for detailed information.  Solid Waste and Recycling is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen containers.

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Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers should be reassured that the City's recycling program is stable and that their recyclables are being made into new products.  Recycling collected by the City is truly being recycled and not ending up at a waste-to-energy facility or in a landfill.

Residential recyclables collected in Minneapolis by Solid Waste & Recycling are processed for sale by locally based Eureka Recycling.  Eureka has assured the City that 100 percent of the recyclables they process currently stay in North American markets with around 90 percent in the upper Midwest and 80 percent within Minnesota itself. 

In an effort to address the problem of low quality recycling being sent to China, they issued extremely strict quality standards in Jan 2018, and closed their ports to recyclables coming from the United States and other countries beginning in May 2018.  As a result, some communities across the U.S. have reduced the type of materials they accept for recycling or have begun landfilling certain materials.  Additionally, domestic markets have been flooded with excess material that was being shipped to China decreasing the value of recyclables collected. 

Recycling contamination in Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota as a whole is considerably less than other parts of the Country (less than 10 percent compared to 20-40 percent elsewhere).  Even with low contamination and local markets, it continues to be important that residents only put items that can be recycled into their blue recycling carts and keep contaminants out.  Visit the following webpages for detailed information on what is accepted in your blue recycling cart. 

To find out how to dispose of other items, use our What to Do list or Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide or call our office Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at 612-673-2917.  Thank you for helping keep our recycling clean.   

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

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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 Nov 8, 2018



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