Hennepin County has free portable recycling containers available for recycling and organics (food waste and non-recyclable paper) collection at events.
The loan program is available to cities, community groups, no-profit organizations, businesses and others who wish to collect and recycle materials generated at events held in Hennepin County.
About the containers
Up to 60 containers for recycling of plastic, metal and glass and up to 40 containers for organics recycling are available, subject to availability.
Each portable recycling container consists of:
- Frame and cover
- Clear plastic or compostable bags
Containers are available for the on-site collection of recycling and organics at events only; collection and transport of materials for recycling is not included. See haulers and drop-off locations below for options.
Reserve recycling containers
To reserve portable recycling containers, complete the portable recycling container loan program application/agreement form.
Users must pick up and return containers at the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board Headquarters, 2117 West River Road N, Minneapolis 55411.
Containers must be returned clean. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the container lids after use. New as of February 2016, a $25 cleaning fee will be withheld from your deposit if the containers are returned dirty.
New as of February 2016, a refundable deposit via credit card is required at the time of pick-up. Your full deposit will be credited back to you upon return of the containers, provided all containers and parts are returned clean. A cleaning fee of $25 will be withheld from your deposit if containers are returned dirty.
The refundable deposit varies depending on how many units you borrow:
- 1 to 5 containers: $100
- 6 to 15 containers: $200
- 16 to 25 containers: $300
- 26 to 35 containers: $400
- 36 to 45 containers: $500
- 46 to 60 containers: $600
- 61 to 80 containers: $750
- 81 to 100 containers: $950
There is also a returnable deposit for the standing banners:
- 1 to 5 banners: $125
- 6 to 10 banners: $250
A deposit is not required for city-sponsored events.