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 A to Z Guide provides more detailed information, including what you can’t recycle at the curb. Visit the A to Z Guide.

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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 A to Z 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 952-988-8430
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 952-924-2562
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.

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

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