Recycling in Hennepin County

There are many opportunities to recycle in Hennepin County. 

Find out what you can recycle and how to recycle more at home, work, school and on-the-go.

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What can I recycle?

See the Recycling Guide (PDF) (also available in Spanish (PDF)) for a basic list of materials that are accepted for recycling. 

The following is a more detailed list of materials that are and are not accepted for recycling.

Paper

Recycle: 

  • Mail, office and school papers
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Phone books
  • Shredded paper in closed paper bags
  • Boxes:
    • Cardboard
    • Cereal and cracker boxes
    • Shoe boxes, gift boxes and electronics boxes
    • Toothpaste, medication and other toiletry boxes  

No:

  • Paper soiled with food
  • Paper plates and towels
  • Gift wrap

Maybe:

Some cities recycle:

  • Pizza boxes
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Pop and beer cases
  • Refrigerated or frozen food boxes 

Contact your City Recycling Coordinator or your recycling service provider for details.

Cartons

Recycle:

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

Preparation: Rinse. It’s OK to leave caps and lids on.

Plastic

 

Recycle:

  • Bottles and jugs:
    • Water, soda and juice bottles 
    • Milk and juice jugs 
    • Ketchup and salad dressing bottles 
    • Dishwashing liquid bottles and detergent jugs 
    • Shampoo, soap and lotion bottles 
  • Cups and containers:
    • Yogurt, pudding and fruit cups 
    • Disposable cups and bowls
    • Margarine, cottage cheese, and other containers
    • Produce, deli and take out containers 
  • Packaging:
    • Clear packaging from toys and electronics 

Preparation: Rinse. It’s OK to leave caps and lids on.

No:

  • Styrofoam™ cups, plates and packaging
  • Microwaveable food trays
  • Plastic wrap
  • Motor oil bottles and other containers that held hazardous products.

Maybe:

Plastic bags can be recycled in some cities. Call your City Recycling Coordinator or your recycling service provider for details.

Glass

Recycle:

  • Food and beverage bottle and jars

Preparation: Rinse and remove lids.

No:

  • Drinking glasses, dishes, and vases 
  • Window glass and mirrors

Metal

Recycle:

  • Food and beverage cans

Preparation: Rinse.

No:

  • Cans that held hazardous products such as paint thinner.

Maybe:

Some cities recycle:

  • Scrap metal
  • Aluminum foil
  • Aerosol cans
  • Empty paint cans

Call your City Recycling Coordinator or your recycling service provider for details.

Recycling at home

Your city recycling coordinator is your point person for information on recycling and trash disposal in your city.

Live in an apartment or condo? Property owners are required to provide recycling. Call your city recycling coordinator if this service is not available. Find out more about resources we provide to support recycling at apartments buildings.

Recycling drop-offs

Recycling is accepted for no charge at our drop-off facilities in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington.

Recycling at work, school, events and public spaces

Recycling at work 

Two-thirds of waste generated by businesses and organizations is recyclable. Visit our business recycling page to learn about grants, technical assistance and free signs that are available to help you start or expand the recycling program at your business or organization.

Recycling at school

Nearly 80 percent of school waste is recyclable or compostable. School recycling programs present a great opportunity to educate future generations about waste reduction, recycling and overall environmental stewardship. Visit our school recycling page to learn about grants, technical assistance and free signs available to any school in the county.

Recycling at parks, events and public spaces

Hennepin County has grants available to improve public access to recycling while away from home. Visit the public space recycling page to learn about funding available to public entities to implement or expand recycling and composting programs at parks, sports venues, special events and along commercial districts. 

Visit our event recycling page to reserve recycling containers and get tips for planning a low-waste event.

Support businesses that recycle

The Hennepin County Environmental Partners program recognizes businesses for their efforts to recycle and divert organic waste, which includes food scraps and non-recyclable paper, from the trash through composting, sending food scraps to local farmers to feed animals, or by donating edible food.

Find businesses whose recycling practices have been recognized by the county.

What are businesses recognized for?

Businesses can be recognized for diverting wastes in the following categories:Hennepin County Environmental Partners

  • We recycle: Materials including paper, cardboard, cartons, glass, plastic and metal are sent to a recycling facility so they can be manufactured into new products.
  • We compost: Organic waste ,which includes food waste, non-recyclable paper and compostable foodware, is sent to a composting facility where it is recycled into valuable compost that is put to good use in landscaping and road construction projects.
  • We donate food: Leftover edible food, including unserved menu items, food from catered events and day-old baked goods, is donated to food rescue agencies to help people in need.
  • We feed animals: Food that is no longer safe for people to eat, including food prep waste, plate waste, spoiled or outdated food and unpackaged frozen food, is processed into animal feed.

Recycle Half

Do you know how easy it is to juice up your recycling? Load it up? And milk it for all it's worth?

More items are recyclable than ever before. Juice and milk cartons can be recycled, along with yogurt cups and deli containers. Also make sure to check your laundry room and bathroom for recyclable items - laundry detergent jugs and boxes, shampoo and lotion bottles and toothpaste boxes all are recyclable.

More than a million tons of garbage thrown away each year. We only recycle 40 percent of our waste. We can do more. Help the county reach our goal of recycling at least 50 percent of all waste by 2015.

Are you ready to Recycle Half?

Follow the links to learn more about how you can reduce, reuse and recycle even more at home, work and play.

Reduce and reuse

  • Tips for reducing waste – 10 ways to reduce waste, including getting your name off junk mail lists, avoiding excess packaging and using reusables.
  • Choose to Reuse – Shopping reuse gets you great stuff at great prices. It's good for the environment too. Find reuse shopping, donation and rental opportunities in our Choose to Reuse Directory.
  • Fix-It Clinics – Repair your stuff for free. Get guided assistance from a handy volunteer on dismantling, troubleshooting and repairing your household goods.

Recycle

  • Recycling at apartment buildings, condos and townhomes – Property owners and associations are required to provide residents with the opportunity to recycle. Resources and assistance are available for property owners and residents looking to become recycling advocates.
  • Recycling at events – A lot of waste can be generated at events of any size. Free technical assistance, event recycling containers, event recycling planning resources and signage are available.
  • Recycling at your business – Implementing waste reduction and recycling programs can reduce your business's impact on the environment and shows customers that your business cares about the community.
  • Drop-off facilities for household hazardous waste and recycling – Hennepin County has two year-round drop-off facilities where residents can get rid of recycling, electronics, appliances and household hazardous wastes.
  • A to Z How-to-Get-Rid-of-It-Guide – Find recycling and disposal options for a wide variety of household items in our searchable, online guide.

Compost

  • Organics recycling – In organics recycling programs, food waste and food-soiled paper products are recycled into valuable compost. Learn about organics recycling programs for residents, businesses and schools.
  • Backyard composting – Learn how to recycle your food scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost that can be used in your garden or on your lawn.

Educate others

  • Master Recycler/Composters – Join fellow waste reduction enthusiasts and become an advocate for the three Rs in your community.
  • Green Partners Environmental Education Program – A wide variety of free environmental education resources and project support and funding is available to organizations in Hennepin County.
  • Environmental education tool kits – Get background information and activity ideas to educate others on reducing waste, recycling, toxicity reduction and proper disposal of household hazardous waste, energy conservation and improving water quality.

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 952-563-8750
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 952-988-8430
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 612-861-9365
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 952-924-2555
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.

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