One-sort residential recycling resumes rollout

City crews are delivering one-sort recycling carts to the rest of the City’s recycling customers. About 30,000 households got theirs carts last fall; the rest will have theirs by the end of June.

Residential recycling customers can begin one-sort recycling as soon as they get their new blue carts. With one-sort recycling, residents no longer need to separate their recyclables by category. Instead, customers combine their glass, plastic, paper, aluminum and cardboard into one container when putting them out for collection.

In the first six weeks of one-sort recycling, the 31,500 customers who had switched last fall recycled 396 tons – 63 percent – more than they had a year earlier under the multi-sort system. One-sort is easier for customers than the previous multi-sort system, and the City is on track to meet its target of doubling recyclables collected from 18,000 tons to 36,000 tons per year by 2015.

All customers will receive letters in the mail with instructions before they get their carts. These residents will stay on the same schedule and keep the same recycling day as before. When they get the new cart, customers may choose to leave their old bins out to be recycled or keep them for other uses such as garage storage or for carrying the recyclables to the new cart.

Although residents no longer need to separately bag their recyclables, they need to make especially sure they recycle properly. Proper recycling will keep the materials valuable; it is important to rinse recyclables and not to mix in garbage or other materials such as yard waste, Styrofoam, plastic foam, plastic film or plastic bags.

There will be no change in the amount customers pay.

Expanding what we recycle

In 2012, Minneapolis expanded the types of plastics and paper it collects. Minneapolis recycling customers can include plastics numbers one through seven, which includes yogurt, pudding and fruit cups; disposable cups and bowls; margarine, cottage cheese and other containers; and produce, deli and takeout containers. New paper items accepted include juice boxes and soup, broth, wine and milk cartons.

Residents can find more information about one-sort recycling in Minneapolis and look for their scheduled rollout dates at


Published Apr 24, 2013



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