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Residential recycling

Recycling is an easy and convenient way to reduce waste and protect the environment. Cities and property managers are required to offer residents the opportunity to recycle.

What you can recycle

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.

Helpful resources

Orders for residential recycling resources temporarily suspended

Please note that due to efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Hennepin County is unable to fulfill orders of residential recycling resources until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please sign up for our Green Notes newsletter to stay informed about when these resources will be available again.

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Recycling has been in the news a lot lately due to shifts in markets and international policy changes. This has left many Minnesotans wondering what is happening to the recycling placed in their bins, and what they can do now to support recycling.

Support recycling by recycling the right stuff

First of all, know that you're recyclables are getting recycled! Unlike on the coasts where they rely heavily on international markets, recyclers in Minnesota send most of the material they collect to local and regional markets to be processed into new materials. Overall, Minnesotans are good recyclers. We have significantly lower contamination rates, or the amount of stuff placed in the recycling that can’t actually be recycled, than elsewhere in the country. And Minnesota state law prohibits materials separated and collected for recycling from being trashed.

The best thing you can do to support recycling is to make sure know what can be recycled and keep stuff that isn’t accepted out.

Know what goes in your recycling cart

Brush up on the basics to make sure you're recycling the right stuff. See our recycling guide (PDF) for the list of what's accepted.

Keep these items out of your recycling cart

Plastic bags

Plastic bags and wrap get tangled in the equipment at recycling sorting facilities and workers spend hours each day removing them. Plastic bags and wrap can be recycled if brought back to a retail drop-off location.

Bags of recycling

Recycling in bags don’t get properly sorted at the recycling facility, and recyclers can’t tell what’s in the bag. Make sure to place your recycling loose in your recycling cart.

Large plastic items

Large plastic items like laundry baskets, storage bins, lawn furniture, and plastic toys, and other large plastic items can't be recycled. There are not good markets for recycling these items, and they are difficult to sort at recycling facilities. Purchase high-quality items, use them for as long as possible, and donate items that are in good shape when you're ready to get rid of them.

Random metal items

Random metal items such as pots and pans, pipes, hangers, and tools can damage equipment and harm workers at recycling facilities. All metal can be recycled, just not in your recycling cart at home. Take random metal items to a scrap metal recycler; find locations on the Green Disposal Guide.

Propane tanks

Cylinders and tanks contain a compressed gas that makes them explosive and potential fire hazards. It is illegal to put propane tanks, helium tanks, and other pressurized cylinders in your household recycling or trash. Properly dispose of all pressurized cylinders; find options on the Green Disposal Guide.

Single-use plastic utensils and straws

Plastic utensils and straws are too small and difficult to sort at recycling facilities, and there aren’t good recycling markets for them. Avoid them by choosing reusable options or refusing them when you can.

Paper plates,cups, and takeout containers

Paper cups, plates, takeout containers can’t be recycled because they are often lined with plastic or contaminated with food. Avoid them by choosing reusable cups, mugs and plates.

Electronics and batteries

Electronics and batteries can’t be sorted properly at recycling facilities, and certain batteries can cause fires at facilities. But batteries and electronics should be recycled at drop-offs. Learn options for batteries and electronics on the Green Disposal Guide.

Cords and string lights

Keep “tanglers” like cords, hoses and string lights out of your recycling bin. As the name suggests, these items get tangled in the equipment at recycling facilities. You can recycle cords and string lights at Hennepin County drop-off facilities. Learn more on the Green Disposal Guide.

Needles and sharps

Needles and sharps should be managed and disposed of safely to prevent injury and disease transmission from needle-sticks. They should never be placed in your recycling cart. Learn about disposal options on the Green Disposal Guide.

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 952-563-4659
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 763-421-1791
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 763-494-6361
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

2021 upcoming city cleanup events

Many cities offer cleanup events or special pick-up service 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.

Event information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Bloomington

Curbside collection on five Saturdays beginning April 6:

  • April 3: Normandale Boulevard to west city boundary (Friday garbage and recycling day)
  • April 10: France Avenue to Normandale Boulevard (Thursday garbage and recycling day)
  • April 17: Penn Avenue to France Avenue (Wednesday garbage and recycling day)
  • April 24: Portland Avenue to Penn Avenue (Tuesday garbage and recycling day)
  • May 1: East city boundary to Portland Avenue (Monday garbage and recycling day)

Learn about the Bloomington cleanup efforts.

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

Drop-off: Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brooklyn Park Operations and Maintenance Facility, 8300 Noble Avenue North

Learn more about the Brooklyn Center event.

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

Drop-off: Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brooklyn Park Operations and Maintenance Facility, 8300 Noble Avenue North

Learn more about the Brooklyn Park event

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

Drop-off: Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brooklyn Park Operations and Maintenance Facility, 8300 Noble Avenue North

Learn more about the Crystal event.

Dayton

Drop-off: Saturday, May 1, at Dayton City Hall, 12260 Diamond Lake Road South

Deephaven

Drop-off for disposable items: Saturday, May 8, at Deephaven City Hall

Eden Prairie

  • Recycling drop-off: Saturday, April 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Curbside pick-up: Monday, April 19 to Friday, May 14 by appointment
  • Drop-off: Saturday, June 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hennepin Technical College, 13100 Collegeview Drive

Learn more about Eden Prairie's spring recycling and disposal events.

Golden Valley

Drop-off: Saturday, October 9

Learn more about the Golden Valley event.

Brush pick-up

Greenfield

Drop-off: Saturday, May1 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Greenwood

Curbside pick-up: Saturday, May 22

Learn more about the Greenwood pick-up day.

Hanover

Drop-off: Saturday, May 15 from 8 a.m. to noon at Hanover City Hall, 11250 5th Street Northeast

Hopkins

Drop-offs:

Hopkins Public Works Building, 11100 Excelsior Boulevard

  • Friday, April 23 from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, September 24 from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn more about the Hopkins fall event.

Long Lake (with Minnetonka Beach and Orono)

Drop-off: Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Orono Public Works, 2700 Kelley Parkway

Learn more about the Long Lake, Orono, and Minnetonka Beach cleanup (PDF).

Loretto

Curbside pick-up: Tuesday, May 18

Learn more about pick-up day in Loretto.

Maple Grove

  • Curbside pick-up: Monday, May 17
  • Drop-off: Saturday, May 22 at the Maple Grove Public Works Facility, 9030 Forestview Lane

Learn more about Maple Grove's city cleanup efforts.  

Medina

Drop-off: Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Medina Public Works/Police Facility, 600 Clydesdale Trail

Learn more about Medina's cleanup day.

Minnetonka

Drop-off:

Minnetonka Beach (with Long Lake and Orono)

Drop-off: Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Orono Public Works, 2700 Kelley Parkway

Learn more about the Long Lake, Orono, and Minnetonka Beach cleanup (PDF).

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

Drop-off: Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brooklyn Park Operations and Maintenance Facility, 8300 Noble Avenue North

Learn more about the New Hope event.

Orono (with Long Lake and Minnetonka Beach)

Drop-off: Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Orono Public Works, 2700 Kelley Parkway

Learn more about the Long Lake, Orono, and Minnetonka Beach cleanup (PDF).

Osseo

Drop-off: Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to noon at Osseo Public Works, 800 Broadway Street East

Plymouth

Drop-off: Saturday, April 24 at the Plymouth Maintenance Facility, 14900 23rd Avenue North

Rogers

Drop-off: Saturday, May 22 at the Rogers Public Works Building, 22350 South Diamond Lake Road

Shorewood

Details to be announced

St. Anthony

Drop-off: Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at the St. Anthony Public Works Facility, 3801 Chandler Drive

Learn more about St. Anthony's annual clean-up day.

St. Louis Park

Drop-off:

Learn more about city cleanup days in St. Louis Park

Tonka Bay

Drop-off: Saturday, September 11.

Wayzata

Curbside pick-up: Saturday, May 1

View the Wayzata event flyer (PDF)

Cities with cleanup details to be announced

  • Champlin
  • Corcoran
  • Excelsior
  • Independence
  • Maple Plain
  • Minnetrista
  • Mound
  • Rockford
  • Spring Park
  • St. Bonifacius

Cities with no cleanup event

  • Edina
  • Medicine Lake
  • Minneapolis
  • Richfield
  • Robbinsdale
  • Woodland

 

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.

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.

Learn about the assistance and resources available from Hennepin County.

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 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

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