Recycling carts and collection

We collect recycling every other week from City-provided carts. Here's how to prepare your recycling for collection and information about carts.

Collection rules

Do not bag your recycling

Place recycling loose in your blue recycling cart. If you collect recycling in plastic or paper bags in your home, please empty the bags into the cart. This helps with sorting.

Paper and plastic bags

Paper bags can go in your recycling cart. Plastic bags should go in the garbage or be brought to a plastic bag drop-off location.

Weight limits

Large carts – No more than 200 pounds

Medium carts – No more than 150 pounds

Pickup time  

  • Your recycling may be picked up anytime between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on your collection day. 
  • Make sure it's ready for pickup by 6 a.m. 
  • The City determines your collection day, and it cannot be changed.

Curb collection

If you have curbside pickup, you must move your carts away from the curb line by 7 a.m. the day after collection. Carts must be stored behind the front line of your property on non-collection days.

Find your collection day

Missed pickup

  • Please call our office after 3:30 p.m. on your pickup day or within 24 hours of your pickup day to report a miss.
  • Missed pickups reported by email may not be received in time to send the crew back before your next pickup day.
  • If your cart was not out when the crew was at your house, we will not send the crew back.

Street address numbers

If you have a public alley, your street address must be visible in the back of your property by City ordinance. If your street address cannot be readily seen by collection crews, we'll install easily visible numbers and add a fee to your utility bill.

Extra recycling

Set extra recycling next to your One-Sort recycling cart in paper bags or cardboard boxes. Each bag or box must weigh less than 40 pounds.

Extra recycling may not be set out in personal containers. If recycling is set out in a personal container the container itself may also be taken. You will not be able to get your container back or be reimbursed.

There is no cost for an additional recycling cart. Contact our office to request another cart if you regularly have more recycling that will fit in your cart(s). If you regularly have extra recycling, we may deliver another recycling cart to your property even if you do not request one.

Contact our office to request another recycling cart

About carts

Add or change recycling carts

Anyone, including renters, can request one or more One-Sort recycling carts. Extra carts are free. Large (95 gallon) and medium (64 gallon) recycling carts are available.

Contact us to change the number or size of your recycling carts. If emailing, be sure to include:

  • Your address
  • The size of cart you want (if requesting one or more carts)

Damaged or missing carts

Clean your carts

Seasonal reminders

How to shovel around your recycling and garbage carts



Shovel out your carts to avoid a fee

When it snows, you must clear a path so we can empty your carts. If City crews have to shovel out your carts for you, we'll charge a fee.

Learn more about clearing snow around carts

Holiday delays

If your collection day falls on or after a major holiday, your collection will be delayed by one day.

Holiday garbage and recycling collection

Contact us

Solid Waste & Recycling

Public Works





Eastside Maintenance Facility

2635 University Ave NE

Minneapolis, MN 55418

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Monday – Friday

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