Drop-off facilities

Hennepin County has two year-round drop-off facilities where residents can get rid of recycling, electronics, appliances and household hazardous wastes.

Bloomington facility patrons: There is construction on the 94th St. Bridge over I-35W until October 2014. Please take the 98th St. exit to Girard to our facility.

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Locations and hours

Locations

Brooklyn Park

Hennepin County Recycling Center and Transfer Station
8100 Jefferson Highway, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
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Bloomington

South Hennepin Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-Off Center
1400 West 96th Street, Bloomington, MN 55431
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Hours of operation

Day Hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (No organics on Saturday)
Sunday Closed
Holidays
The facilities are closed:
Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve hours

The Hennepin County drop-off facilities are open until 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. The facilities will follow the regular hours of operation on all other days.

  • Open until 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 24, 2013 — Christmas Eve
  • Open until 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — New Year's Eve

Before you visit guidelines

To make your visit efficient, safe and productive, review the following guidelines before you visit our drop-off facilities.

Check whether we accept your item

Safely transport household hazardous wastes

  • Transport your household hazardous wastes in sealed containers, in an upright position, in a plastic lined box. Make sure all containers are 5-gallons or less in size and properly labeled with the contents.

Remember to bring

  • Proof of residency, such as a driver's license, is required
  • Payment (if applicable): cash or check accepted

When you get to our facilities

  • Drive up and check in. Drive up to booth outside of building. An attendant will greet you and check you in. Please have a list of the items you have for disposal. Pay for any items that have fees at this time.
  • Facility staff will direct you based on the materials you have to drop off.
  • Drive slowly and be aware of pedestrians.
  • Please note:
    • Brooklyn Park facility includes full and self-serve areas.
    • Bloomington facility is full-service.

Additional facility information and services

Additional disposal options

If your items are still in good shape, look for donation opportunities.

If you don't live in Hennepin County, visit RethinkRecycling.com to find facility information for the other metro counties.

Materials accepted - hazardous waste and problem materials

Below is a list of common materials accepted at the drop-off facilities. This is not all the items we accept. Check the A to Z How-to-Get-Rid-of-It Guide or call 612-348-3777 for a more comprehensive list of specific items.

Transport your household hazardous wastes in sealed containers, in an upright position, in a plastic lined box. Make sure all containers are 5 gallons or less in size and properly labeled with the contents.

Hazardous waste and problem materials accepted

The following materials are accepted from household only. Businesses must manage their hazardous and problem wastes properly.

Materials accepted for no charge

  • Electronics — limit five of same type per year
    • TVs
    • Computers and peripherals (such as keyboards, printers and scanners)
    • Audio and video equipment
    • Phones — cordless, cell phones
    • Rechargeable products — tools, toothbrushes, toys, vacuums, etc.
    • Portable electronics
  • Household, lawn, garden
    • Paint, stain, varnish, solvents (if five-gallon pails, limit three per year)
    • Batteries (place clear tape over the terminals or put in individual plastic bags - also find battery drop-off locations throughout the county)
    • Pesticides
    • Fluorescent bulbs (limit 25 per year)
    • Aerosols
    • Pool chemicals
    • Mercury thermometers and thermostats
  • Automotive (in labeled containers smaller than five gallons)
    • Oil and oil filters
    • Lead-acid batteries
    • Antifreeze
    • Gas, fuels and other fluids (leave gas cans at facility to be emptied - you will be contacted when ready for pickup)

Materials accepted for a charge

  • Appliances $15 each — no commercial appliances
    • Microwaves
    • Refrigerators, freezers
    • Water heaters
    • Dishwashers
    • Dehumidifiers
    • Washers, dryers
    • Stoves
    • Air conditioners
    • Furnaces
  • Mattresses and box springs $15 — all sizes
    • Note: Only accepted at the Brooklyn Park facility.
  • Tires $3 each — less than 4' diameter

Materials not accepted

Materials accepted - recycling and organics

Recycling accepted for no charge

Recycling is accepted from households and businesses. Note: Businesses are limited to one pickup truck load of recyclables per week.

  • Cardboard (flatten boxes, preferred size 3'x3', households limited to one pickup truck load per visit)
  • Plastics — bottles, jugs, cups and containers (empty, rinsed)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Metal — food and beverage cans
  • Scrap metal (remove non-metal parts)
  • Newspaper and advertising supplements
  • Paper — mail, office and school papers; magazines and catalogs; newspapers and inserts; phone books (limit 100); shredded paper in a closed paper bag; refrigerated food boxes; boxes like cereal, cracker, gift, toiletry, etc.
  • Glass — bottles, jars
  • Plastic bags (clean, dry, placed in an open bag)
  • Cartons — milk, soup, broth and wine cartons, and juice boxes

Accepted from households only:

  • Cords and lights — electric cords and string/holiday lights
  • Media — computer disks, DVDs, CDs Blu-ray discs, video cassettes, audio cassettes, game cartridges, Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, flash drives, plastic cases, jewel cases, ink jet and laser toner cartridges, vinyl records

Organics recycling accepted for no charge

Organics are accepted from households and businesses at the Brooklyn Park facility ONLY.

Organics can be dropped off Tuesday through Friday. Organics are NOT accepted on Saturday. Organics must be in BPI-certified compostable bags, and there is a limit of five bags per person per day.

Organic materials accepted include:

See a full list of materials accepted and organics drop-off guidelines.

Guidelines for businesses delivering recycling to drop-off facilities

  • Your business must self-haul recycling to our facilities.
  • There is no material redemption service at these facilities.
  • If in plastic bags, must be emptied at time of drop-off. Bags may be separately recycled.
  • Volume accepted
    • A pick-up load or less of recycling per week is accepted.
    • For large volumes, deliver the material directly to a recycling center. See the list of recycling drop-off centers in the Rethink Recycling Business Recycling Guide.
  • When to deliver
    • We recommend dropping off recycling Tuesday - Thursday afternoons. These are our least busy times when we can provide the best customer service.
    • Please refrain from bringing in materials between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday - Friday and all day Saturday.
  • Unloading your recycling
    • At the Brooklyn Park facility, you should expect to unload your own material and place it in the appropriate bin. Staff will direct you to the unloading area and the recycling containers. Staff will assist you with unloading as time permits. Plastic bags must be emptied at time of drop-off. Bags may be separately recycled.
    • The staff at our Bloomington facility will unload your recycling for you. The sorting area at this facility is for staff only.

Free product centers

Residents can pick up usable products that were previously dropped off for free at the Free Product Centers located within each drop-off facility. The products are screened for quality before being placed on the shelves for reuse.

Examples of products you may find at the centers include:

  • Adhesives and glues
  • Aerosols
  • Automotive products
  • Electronics (Bloomington only)
  • Cleaners
  • Paints and stains

Guidelines and limits

Residents must be 18 years and older to pick up items. The county does not guarantee these products, and items selected by residents are used at their own risk.

For the safety of those inside the drop-off facilities, park your car in the parking lot and walk to the building to use the free product centers.

Reselling products is prohibited.

The county limits the number of items that a person can take.

  • Aerosol cans: 2 per week
  • Electronics (available at Bloomington only): 1 per week
  • No more than 10 items total per week

Reduce household hazardous waste

You can take simple steps to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals at home. Learning to read labels and buy the least toxic products, making your own non-toxic cleaners, and knowing how to properly use, store and dispose of hazardous products can reduce your exposure to chemicals, keep you and your family safe, potentially save you money and reduce the amount of household hazardous waste that you have for disposal.

See our tips for reducing and safely using and storing household hazardous waste.

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