Residential recycling

For the most accurate information about pick-up days and accepted materials in your community, start by contacting your city recycling coordinator or waste hauler.

The Green Disposal Guide provides more detailed information, including what you can’t recycle at the curb. Visit the Green Disposal Guide.


Expand all information

What you can recycle

An item with * is recyclable in some cities. Contact your city recycling coordinator for details.

Yes

  • Boxes (cardboard, cereal, cracker, shoe, gift, electronic, toothpaste, medication, toiletry and other boxes)
  • Cartons (milk, juice, soup, broth, wine)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Metal cans
  • Paper (catalogs, inserts, magazines, mail, newspaper, office, phone books, school, shredded paper should be put in closed paper bags)
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (water, soda, juice, milk, ketchup and salad dressing, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, shampoo, soap, and lotion)
  • Plastic cups and containers (yogurt, pudding, fruit, disposable cups and bowls, margarine, cottage cheese, produce, deli, and take-out)
  • Plastic packaging from toys and electronics

No

  • Aerosol cans*
  • Aluminum foil*
  • Containers that held hazardous products
  • Dishes
  • Drinking glasses
  • Empty paint cans*
  • Giftwrap
  • Microwaveable food trays
  • Paper cups, plates, napkins, and towels
  • Paper soiled with food
  • Plastic bags*
  • Plastic wrap
  • Scrap metal*
  • Styrofoam™
  • Vases
  • Window glass and mirrors

Remember to rinse all containers. For cartons, plastic bottles, jugs and containers, leave caps and lids on. For glass bottles and jars, remove caps and lids.

Learn more

Print out the recycling guide (PDF).

Print out the recycling guide in Spanish (PDF).

Find information about recycling other household items in the Green Disposal Guide


Ways you can reduce, reuse and dispose

Give your items to retailers

Help reduce waste by donating new or used items to participating retailers. Find retailers or search by item using the county's Choose to Reuse Online Directory.

Get your items fixed

Bring in household items and get them fixed for free while learning valuable repair skills at upcoming an Fix-It Clinic.

Dispose hazardous products and other hard-to-dispose-of items

You can safely dispose of hazardous products free of charge at Hennepin County drop-off facilities or collection events. You can get rid of bulky items such as appliances, mattresses and tires for a fee at drop-off facilities. Learn more about drop-off facilities and collection events.

Dispose of yard and tree waste

Yard and tree waste is banned from your household garbage. You can dispose of yard waste by composting it in your backyard, checking with your city or hauler to see if they offer curbside pickup, or bringing it to a compost site. Learn how to reuse or dispose yard and tree waste.

Dispose of medicine

The county provides drop boxes for residents to dispose of their medicines. Learn more about medicine disposal.

Dispose of batteries

All battery types are accepted at drop-off containers located in libraries, city halls and community centers throughout the county. Batteries also can be brought to county drop-off facilities. Learn more about battery recycling.

City recycling contacts

Your city recycling coordinator is your point person for information about recycling, trash disposal and special clean ups in your city.

City recycling coordinators

City Phone number
Bloomington 952-563-8934
Brooklyn Center 763-493-8007
Brooklyn Park 763-493-8006
Champlin 763-421-8100
Chanhassen 952-361-1800
Corcoran 763-420-2288
Crystal 763-493-8006
Dayton 763-427-3224
Deephaven 952-890-1100
Eden Prairie 952-949-8330
Edina 952-826-0463
Excelsior 952-474-5233
Golden Valley 763-593-8030
Greenfield 763-477-6464
Greenwood 952-358-9935
Hanover 763-972-3335
Hopkins 952-939-1382
Independence 763-479-0527
Long Lake 952-473-6961
Loretto 763-479-4305
Maple Grove 763-494-6365
Maple Plain 763-479-3335
Medina 763-473-4643
Medicine Lake 763-542-9701
Minneapolis 612-673-2917
Minnetonka 952-988-8414
Minnetonka Beach 952-941-5174
Minnetrista 952-446-1660
Mound 952-472-0603
New Hope 763-493-8006
Orono 952-249-4600
Osseo 763-425-2624
Plymouth 763-509-5906
Richfield 612-861-9366
Robbinsdale 763-537-4534
Rockford (PDF) 763-477-6565
Rogers 763-428-2253
St. Anthony 763-784-8349
St. Bonifacius 952-446-1061
St. Louis Park 952-924-2562
Shorewood 952-960-7900
Spring Park 952-471-9051
Tonka Bay 952-474-7994
Wayzata 763-404-5366
Woodland 952-474-4755

 

If you need information for a community outside of Hennepin County, visit RethinkRecycling.com.

City cleanup events

Many cities offer clean-up events for residents to properly dispose of common, hard-to-get-rid-of household items such as appliances, electronics, furniture and more. Check with your city for details on accepted items, possible fees, times and locations before the clean-up event.

Scheduled clean-up events this spring

Bloomington

Curbside: Saturday, April 16 through Saturday, May 14, 2015
Learn more

Brooklyn Center (with Brooklyn Park, Crystal and New Hope)

Drop-off: Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Brooklyn Park Operations and Maintenance Facility, 8300 Noble Avenue North
Learn more

Brooklyn Park (with Brooklyn Center, Crystal and New Hope)

Drop-off: Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Brooklyn Park Operations and Maintenance Facility, 8300 Noble Avenue North
Learn more

Champlin

Drop-off: Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Champlin Cinema 14, 1150 Theatre Drive
Learn more

Corcoran

Drop-off: Saturday, May 7, 2016, location TBD

Crystal (with Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and New Hope)

Drop-off: Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Brooklyn Park Operations and Maintenance Facility, 8300 Noble Avenue North
Learn more

Dayton

Drop-off: Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Champlin City Hall, 12260 Diamond Lake Road South
Learn more

Deephaven

Drop-off for disposable items: Saturday, May 7, 2016, at City Hall
Curbside for yard and tree waste and compost: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Curbside for large electronics and appliances: Monday, May 9, 2016; call JR’s first
Learn more

Eden Prairie

Drop-off: Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Hennepin Technical College, 13100 Collegeview Drive
Learn more

Excelsior

Curbside: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Learn more

Golden Valley

TBD

Greenfield

Drop-off: Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Buffalo Bituminous Pit on Greenfield Road
Learn more

Greenwood

Curbside: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Learn more

Hanover

Drop-off: Saturday, May 14, 2016, location TBD
Learn more

Hopkins

Drop-off: Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Hopkins Public Works Building, 11100 Excelsior Blvd.
Learn more

Independence

Drop-off: Saturday, May 7, 2016, location TBD

Long Lake (with Orono)

Drop-off: Saturday, April 23 at the Orono Public Works Building, 2700 Kelley Parkway
Learn more

Loretto

Curbside: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Maple Grove

Curbside: Monday, April 25, 2016
Drop-off: Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Maple Grove Public Works Facility, 9030 Forestview Lane
Learn more

Maple Plain (with Independence)

Drop-off: Saturday, May 7, 2016, location TBD

Medina

Drop-off: Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Medina Public Works/Police Facility, 600 Clydesdale Trail
Learn more

Minnetonka

TBD

Minnetonka Beach (with Orono)

Drop-off: Saturday, April 23 at the Orono Public Works Building, 2700 Kelley Parkway
Learn more

Minnetrista (with Mound)

Drop-off: Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Minnetrista City Hall , 7701 County Road 110 West in Minnetrista
Learn more

Mound (with Minnestrista)

Drop-off: Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Minnetrista City Hall , 7701 County Road 110 West in Minnetrista
Learn more

New Hope (with Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Crystal)

Drop-off: Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Brooklyn Park Operations and Maintenance Facility, 8300 Noble Avenue North
Learn more

Orono (with Long Lake and Minnetonka Beach)

Drop-off: Saturday, April 23 at the Orono Public Works Building, 2700 Kelley Parkway
Learn more

Osseo

Drop-off: Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Osseo Public Works, 800 Broadway Street East

Plymouth

Drop-off: Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Plymouth Maintenance Facility, 14900 23rd Avenue North
Learn more

Rockford

Drop-off: Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Rockford Public Works Facility, 6551 Utility Drive
Learn more

Rogers

Drop-off: Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Rogers Public Works Building, 6551 Utility Drive

Shorewood

Drop-off: Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Shorewood Public Works Facility, 24200 Smithtown Road
Learn more

Spring Park

Curbside: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Learn more

St. Anthony

Drop-off: Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Saint Anthony Public Works Garage, 3801 Chandler Drive
Learn more

St. Bonifacius

Drop-off: Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Shirley Logelin Memorial Park, 8991 Partridge Road

St. Louis Park

Drop-off: Saturday, June 11 2016, at the St. Louis Park Municipal Service Center, 7305 Oxford Street
Learn more

Tonka Bay

TBD

Wayzata

Curbside: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Learn more

For apartment, condo and townhouse residents

Property owners are required to provide residents with the opportunity to recycle. Contact your building manager or association to find out where recycling bins are located and what type of sorting system is used at your property. Call your city recycling coordinator if this service is not available.

Promote recycling in your building

  • Put up posters and placing educational stickers on recycling carts.
  • Create a lobby display about recycling.
  • Talk to your neighbors about recycling.
  • Organize a recycling challenge.
  • Monitor recycling areas and keeping property management informed.

Additional Hennepin County resources

Get assistance

For additional resources and information about recycling in your complex, contact the apartment recycling program coordinator, Carolyn Collopy, at carolyn.collopy@hennepin.us or 612-596-0993.

Support and get involved

Volunteer to promote recycling

Show your commitment to the environment by becoming a master recycler/composter volunteer. After completing training and education, master recyclers work in their communities to inspire others to reduce waste. Learn more about the master recycler/composter program.

If your organization needs help with a recycling program, you can request a master recycler/composter volunteer. To receive these resources, email the master recycler/composter program coordinator, Carolyn Collopy, at carolyn.collopy@hennepin.us.

Support businesses that recycle

The county recognizes businesses for their efforts to recycle, donate leftover edible food to food rescue agencies, or divert organic waste to composting or animal feed. Participating businesses are added to the county's online directory and receive decals, displays and table tents to communicate to customers their commitment to the environment. Learn more about the Environmental Partners program.

Stay informed

Connect with Hennepin Environment through social media. Link to Hennepin County facebook page Link to Hennepin County Twitter page

To receive information about environmental news, programs and events, sign up for the Green Notes newsletter.

Collapse all information
Top