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.


  • 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)
  • 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


  • 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 952-563-4659
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 763-494-6365
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

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.

Cleanup events scheduled for 2017


Curbside:Saturday, April 8 – Saturday, May 6, 2017 (date depends on your garbage day)

Brooklyn Center (see Brooklyn Park)

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

Drop-off: Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Brooklyn Park Operations and Maintenance Facility, 8300 Noble Avenue North


Drop-off: Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Champlin Cinema 14,1150 Theatre Drive
Curbside appliance pick-up: Monday, May 22, 2017. You must purchase a sticker from the city for $12 per appliance by Tuesday, May 16th


Drop-off: Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Corcoran Public Works Facility

Crystal (see Brooklyn Park)


Drop-off: Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Dayton City Hall, 12260 Diamond Lake Road South 


Drop-off for disposable items: Saturday, May 13, 2017 at City Hall
Curbside pick-up for yard and tree waste and compost: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Curbside pick-up for large electronics and appliances: Monday, May 15; call JR’s first at 651-454-9215

Eden Prairie

Drop-off: Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Hennepin Technical College, 13100 Collegeview Drive
Learn more


Curbside pick-up: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Golden Valley

Drop-off: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Brookview Park
Learn more


Drop-off: Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Buffalo Bituminous Pit on Greenfield Road


Curbside: Saturday, May 20, 2017


Saturday, May 20, 2017, location TBD


Drop-off: Friday, April 28, 2017, and Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Public Works Building, 11100 Excelsior Blvd

Independence (with Maple Plain)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Long Lake (with Minnetonka Beach and Orono)

Drop-off: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Orono Public Works Building, 2700 Kelley Parkway



Maple Grove

Curbside: Monday, April 24, 2017
Drop-off: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Maple Grove Public Works Facility, 9030 Forestview Lane

Maple Plain (see Independence)


Drop-off: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Medina Public Works/Police Facility, 600 Clydesdale Trail



Minnetonka Beach (see Long Lake)

Minnetrista (with Mound)

Drop-off: Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Minnetrista City Hall , 7701 County Road 110 West in Minnetrista

Mound (see Minnestrista)

New Hope (see Brooklyn Park)

Orono (see Long Lake)


Drop-off: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Osseo Public Works, 800 Broadway Street East


Drop-off: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Plymouth Maintenance Facility, 14900 23rd Avenue North


Drop-off: Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Rockford Public Works Facility, 6551 Utility Drive


Drop-off: Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Rogers Public Works Building, 22350 South Diamond Lake Road


Drop-off: Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Shorewood Public Works Facility, 24200 Smithtown Road

Spring Park

Saturday, May 20, 2017

St. Anthony

Drop-off: Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the St. Anthony Public Works Garage, 3801 Chandler Drive

St. Bonifacius


St. Louis Park

Drop-off: Saturday, June 10 2017 at the St. Louis Park Municipal Service Center, 7305 Oxford Street
Learn more

Tonka Bay

Curbside: Saturday, September 23, 2017


Curbside: Saturday, May 6, 2017

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 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

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