Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling
Invasive species found in evergreen decorations: The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) encourages residents who purchased evergreen decorations including wreaths, swags, boughs, etc.) at several retailers to bag and throw away items to stop the spread of the invasive insect elongate hemlock scale. To stop the spread of the invasive insect, these items should be bagged and placed next to your garbage on your pick-up day. They should not be burned or composted. Learn more here.
Holiday Recycling: From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, holiday waste increases by more than 25%. Here are a few reminders to help you properly sort your holiday waste:
- Holiday trees, wreaths and garland cannot be placed in organics recycling carts. Holiday trees should be placed alongside your garbage cart on your collection day. If the tree is 6 feet or taller, you must cut it in half.
- Holiday lights cannot be placed in your recycling cart but can be taken to several drop-off locations include Hennepin County Drop-off Facilities. Visit www.recycleyourholidays.org for additional drop-off locations.
- Gift boxes and cardboard should be broken down and placed in your blue recycling cart or saved for reuse next year. Boxes that do not fit in your cart can be placed next to your recycling cart. Flatten boxes and place inside one large box or bundle them together with string or twine. To ensure safety and proper sorting, don't bundle boxes using wire or tape and keep your boxes and bundles to less than 3' x 3' and under 40 pounds.
- Wrapping paper can be recycled in your blue recycling cart if it does not contain glitter, foil, velvet or have reflective areas on it. Tissue paper is not recyclable, but can be placed in your green organics recycling cart if it does not contain glitter or foil.
- Ribbons cannot be placed in your blue recycling cart. Plain paper kraft ribbons may be placed in your organics recycling cart.
- Bubble wrap and plastic air pillows cannot be recycled. Save them for reuse or bring to a plastic bag recycling drop-off location. Plastic films such as these and plastic bags should not be placed in your blue recycling cart.
- Cards, junk mail and newspaper insert can be recycled in your blue recycling cart.
- Decorative cookie tins and pie tins can be recycled in your blue recycling cart or saved for reuse.
- Aluminum foil and trays that are clean can be recycled in your blue recycling cart.
- Food including moldy leftovers and fruit and veggie peelings from food prep can be composted in your green organics recycling cart. Visit our Acceptable Organics webpage for more information.
- Disposable food service items can only be placed in the organics recycling cart if they are an unlined paper product or if it is a certified compostable product. Lined items must have the BPI logo on them to be accepted. Visit www.bpiworld.org to verify if an item is certified compostable.
Extra Recycling: Extra recycling that does not fit in your recycling cart may be placed next to the cart in cardboard boxes or paper bags. If you consistently have extra recycling, you may request an additional recycling cart at no extra cost.
Shovel snow around carts: If the collection crews cannot easily wheel your carts to the truck, they cannot service them. Remember to shovel a 36" wide path through the snow, including snow left by the plow, from your carts to the alley or curb line. Please do not shovel snow into the alley or street as it makes collection more difficult for our crew, it makes maneuvering alleys difficult for your and your neighbors, and is not allowed per City ordinance (427.150).
Yard waste collection has ended for the year. If you have yard waste that you'd like to get rid of before collection begins again next Spring, visit Hennepin County's Yard and Tree Waste Disposal webpage for drop-off options or call our office to speak with our customer service representatives will provide you with drop-off locations that accept yard waste.
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
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 Jan 7, 2019