Public Works

Solid Waste & Recycling

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

Contact Information

Container Recycling 

All aluminum, tin, steel, cartons, glass, and plastic food, beverage, and other containers should be rinsed and placed in the one-sort recycling cart.  Labels and lids may be left on containers.  See below for additional information on each material type.    

Aluminum, Tin & Steel

Residential Recycling - Cans

One-Sort Cart

RECYCLE: Cans, bottles, foil (95% food free), pie tins (95% food free), lids to containers that are 3 inches in diameter or larger, etc.  

Do Not SymbolDO NOT RECYCLE: Scrap metal (pipes, poles, pots, pans, siding gutters, chairs, fencing, hangers, toys), electronics
             (TVs, computers, speakers, fans), pressurized cylinders (propane, helium, carbon dioxide) products that once contained hazardous 
             materials such as paints, paint thinner, automotive fluids, or aerosol cans. Bottle caps are too small to make it to a magnet and will end up 
             as trash and should be placed in the garbage.  Food-soiled aluminum trays, foil, and tins and the foil seal on yogurt
             containers should also be placed in the garbage.   

One-Sort Cart

Residential Recycling - CartonsRECYCLE: Milk cartons, juice boxes, soup, broth and wine cartons, etc.  Rinse and throw lids away.  Please remove plastic bags from inside wine box and place the plastic bag in the garbage. 

Do Not SymbolDO NOT RECYCLE: Foil juice pouches, plastic lined coffee cups, paper ice cream tubs, and paper or expanded polystyrene foam (StyrofoamTM) egg cartons. 

One-Sort Cart

Residential Recycling - GlassRECYCLE: Pasta sauce, pickle, salsa, and mason jars; soda, water, beer, wine, salad dressing, vegetable and/or olive oil bottles, etc. 

 Do Not SymbolDO NOT RECYCLE: Glass that does not contain a product when purchased that may
              contain strengthening additives or chemicals.  If you cannot donate these items, place them in the garbage.  
                 Examples include:


One-Sort CartResidential Recycling - PlasticRECYCLE: All food, beverage and other plastics (except StyrofoamTM and compostable plastics).  Rinse and leave caps and lids on the containers.  Pumps from hand soaps and other products should be placed in the garbage.  Recyclable items include: water or soda bottles; milk jugs; butter, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese tubs; ice cream pails; empty pill bottles (remove patient information before placing in cart); salad dressing, condiment, shampoo, body wash, lotion, laundry detergent, vegetable or olive oil bottles; clamshell fruit, vegetable, deli and take-out containers; kitty litter pails; and plastic garden pots (less than 8" in diameter, no black pots and must be clean of dirt); etc.

Do Not SymbolDO NOT RECYCLE: Plastic bags and film, styrofoamTM or other expanded polystyrene foam, plastic silverware, compostable plastics, holiday string lights, window blinds, garden hoses, and plastic containers that once held hazardous material such as: motor oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, etc. 

Cardboard Cans

One-Sort CartRECYCLE: Cardboard cans typically have a steel bottom, a cardboard wall, and either a plastic or metal lid. 

Examples of cardboard cans include:Residential Recycling - Cardboard Can

 Do Not SymbolDO NOT RECYCLE: Automotive grease or wax containers.

           do not put in one-sort cart (plastic bags, syringes, styrofoam, garbage)


If you have questions regarding the recyclability of items not listed on the What To Do List, call Solid Waste & Recycling at (612) 673-2917.

Last updated Sep 6, 2018



Contact us

Email updates

Find a service

About this site

For employees

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats, contact 311.
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. 


311 call center

311 TTY relay service

City of Minneapolis Facebook City of Minneapolis Twitter City of Minneapolis YouTube ChaNNEL Minneapolis 311 Minneapolis 14 Government TV City of Minneapolis LinkedIn

Minneapolis, City of Lakes logo