Accepted recycling

Use this page to understand what is and is not recyclable in your blue One-Sort recycling cart.

Recycling guide

Print and post this guide to help you remember what’s recyclable.


Recyclable paper products


  • Mail, office and school papers
  • Magazines, newspapers and inserts
  • Phone books
  • Books (soft or hardcover)

Recyclable boxes (must be flattened)

  • Cardboard
  • Cereal, cracker, shoe and gift boxes
  • Refrigerated food and beverage boxes
  • Toothpaste, medication and other toiletry boxes

Not recyclable

  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Paper cups
  • Paper plates
  • Egg cartons
  • Ice cream tubs
  • Asian takeout boxes
  • Thermal receipts
  • Tissue paper
  • Carbon paper



Various plastic containers, such as milk jug and yogurt and berry containers

Recyclable bottles and jugs #1, #2, #5 (caps on)

  • Water, soda and juice bottles
  • Milk and juice jugs
  • Ketchup and salad dressing bottles
  • Dishwashing and laundry soap bottles and jugs
  • Shampoo, soap and lotion bottles

Recyclable cups and containers #1, #2, #5

  • Yogurt, pudding and fruit cups
  • Margarine, cottage cheese and other tubs and lids
  • Produce, deli and takeout containers

Not recyclable

  • Plastic bags or film
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic foam (commonly referred to as Styrofoam)
  • #3, #4, # 6 and #7 plastics
  • Black plastics
  • Any container that held hazardous waste



Various glass bottles. Wine, beer, tomato sauce bottles.


  • Food and beverage bottles and jars

Not recyclable

  • Drinking glasses
  • Window glass
  • Ceramics
  • Mirrors


pop cans, soup containers, decorative tins, and pie tin


  • Food and beverage cans
  • Aluminum foil and trays
  • Decorative tins and pie tins

Not recyclable

  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Cords
  • Hangers
  • Silverware
  • Propane cylinders



Recyclable cartons like cream, broth, and juice.


  • Milk cartons
  • Juice boxes
  • Soup, broth and wine cartons

Not recyclable

  • Paper or plastic foam (Styrofoam) egg cartons
  • Ice cream tubs or coffee cups
  • Foil juice pouches

Cardboard cans

coffee can, powdered drink mix, mixed nut container


  • Chip, nut and other snack cans
  • Frozen juice and refrigerated dough cans
  • Powdered juice mix cans
  • Powdered cleaner cans

Not recyclable

  • Automotive grease or wax containers

More items not accepted in recycling carts

  • Batteries
  • Containers that held hazardous waste
  • Clothes hangers (metal, plastic or wood)
  • Cords, electronics or appliances
  • Durable goods – storage bins, toys, sports gear, furniture, building materials, garden hoses or edging, brooms, shovels, picture frames, housewares or decor
  • Holiday string lights
  • Lightbulbs
  • Paint
  • Textiles – clothes, shoes, linens, blankets, curtains
  • Scrap metal – pots and pans, pipes, poles, toasters, chairs, scooters
  • Syringes

While these items are not accepted in the blue One-Sort recycling carts, some of them may be accepted at recycling drop-off sites.

Learn more about recycling disposal options here

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Eastside Maintenance Facility

2635 University Ave NE

Minneapolis, MN 55418

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