Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling
Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers should be reassured that the City's recycling program is stable and that their recyclables are being made into new products. Recycling collected by the City is truly being recycled and not ending up at a waste-to-energy facility or in a landfill.
Residential recyclables collected in Minneapolis by Solid Waste & Recycling are processed for sale by locally based Eureka Recycling. Eureka has assured the City that 100 percent of the recyclables they process currently stay in North American markets with around 90 percent in the upper Midwest and 80 percent within Minnesota itself.
In an effort to address the problem of low quality recycling being sent to China, they issued extremely strict quality standards in Jan 2018, and closed their ports to recyclables coming from the United States and other countries beginning in May 2018. As a result, some communities across the U.S. have reduced the type of materials they accept for recycling or have begun landfilling certain materials. Additionally, domestic markets have been flooded with excess material that was being shipped to China decreasing the value of recyclables collected.
Recycling contamination in Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota as a whole is considerably less than other parts of the Country (less than 10 percent compared to 20-40 percent elsewhere). Even with low contamination and local markets, it continues to be important that residents only put items that can be recycled into their blue recycling carts and keep contaminants out. Visit the following webpages for detailed information on what is accepted in your blue recycling cart.
To find out how to dispose of other items, use our What to Do list or Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide or call our office Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at 612-673-2917. Thank you for helping keep our recycling clean.
Free supplies to clean up litter in public areas: Solid Waste and Recycling recognizes that not all volunteers are able to commit to reoccurring cleanup events, or maintaining areas for an extended period of time. The new Request for Litter Clean-Up Supplies program offers volunteers an opportunity to participate in a one-time, no commitment cleanup activity. The program provides litter clean-up supplies such as bags and gloves at no cost, and delivery is provided. The program is available to Minneapolis residents, business and property owners, visitors and other groups that are interested in volunteering to collect litter in their community. Cleanup areas are limited to public sidewalks, curbs, and boulevard greenbelts, green spaces and other public property within the City of Minneapolis.
To learn more, visit our Request for Litter Clean-Up Supplies webpage.
Love organics recycling? Get a yard sign to show you're proud to divert food scraps for composting!
Click here to request your yard sign today!
If you love recycling and want to be the go-to person for waste and recycling information on your block, join our Recycling Block Leader program. We'll provide you with information and educational resources to share with your friends, family and neighbors. Click here for more information.
Yard waste collection. You may place properly prepared yard waste out for collection by City crews on your garbage day. Yard waste must be in compostable bags - paper (Kraft) or compostable plastic - or unbagged in a reusable container 26-32 inches high and no more than 26 inches wide with sturdy handles. Bagged and bundled yard waste including a reusable containers must weigh less than 40 pounds. Yard waste is not allowed in City-provided garbage, recycling or organics recycling carts and State law prohibits disposing of yard waste with garbage or in petroleum based plastic bags. Visit our Yard Waste webpage for detailed information. Solid Waste and Recycling is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen containers.
Take a tour of the recycling facility: You can now sign up to attend a tour of the recycling facility where the City's one-sort recyclables are sorted back into paper, plastic, glass and metal. Tours are offered monthly, however, space is limited and some restrictions apply. Click here for more information, tour dates, times, and how to sign up. If you can't attend a tour in person but still want to see how the recycling system works, watch Eureka Recycling's Story of a Cereal Box video.
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View our Recycling Guide for details or go to the following pages for more detailed recycling information:
For detailed information visit:
- Paper Recycling
- Food, Beverage & Other Container Recycling
- Household Battery Recycling
- Electronics Recycling
- Large Item
- Household Hazardous Waste
Home container labels
Label containers in your home so guests know how to properly sort their waste. Stickers are available for Solid Waste & Recycling customers to label your interior recycling, organics recycling, and trash containers located throughout your house. To order stickers to help improve your home collection system, call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 or email your request including the number of each type of stickers you want to [email protected]. If you are not a Solid Waste & Recycling customer, you may request labels, guides, and more from Hennepin County at www.hennepin.us/recycleeverywhere.
Helpful Hennepin County websites
Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 or by emailing [email protected].
Para assistencia: 612-673-2700
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Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Division of Solid Waste & Recycling is committed to excellence in customer service. The mission of the Division is to protect the health and safety of Minneapolis residents by providing solid waste management services that result in a clean and livable city. A Clean City is Job One, and the job is carried out in a safe, environmentally protective and cost effective manner. Solid Waste & Recycling is funded by your monthly fees, sale of metals and recyclables and a Hennepin County recycling grant. Property taxes are not part of the funding for your solid waste and recycling services.
Last updated Jul 13, 2018