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Solid Waste & Recycling

309 2nd Ave S., Room 210
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2281

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Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling

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Organics educational reminder placed on all organics carts the week of April 17: Organics_PaperItem_CartHanger

Organics collection crews left an educational flyer on all organics carts during the week of April 17th reminding residents that plastic-lined paper products like decorative paper plates, ice cream tubs and Chinese takeout containers may not be placed in the organics.  The cart hanger was placed on ALL organics carts and DOES NOT mean that you placed incorrect items in your cart, it was simply an educational reminder for all.  Plastic-lined paper products are one of the most common contaminants we find.  Please help spread the word about this reminder to your neighbors. 

If you have any questions on if an item is compostable or not, check our website, search for the item on BPI’s website, or send us an email at   

Compost Facility Tour: Saturday June 3:
  Do you want to know how the food scraps, paper towels and pizza boxes that you place in your organics recycling cart turn into compost?  We have organized a bus tour to bring residents down to the compost site on Saturday June 3, 2017.  Participants will get a detailed explanation of the composting process from start to finish and see the equipment needed to compost your organics.  Bus transportation will be provided from Folwell Park and Powderhorn Park to the compost site in Rosemount, MN.  You’ll learn how the Minneapolis organics program is going on the way down to the facility. 

There is no cost to attend.  All participants must be 10 years or older.  The tour is limited to the first 45 residents that register for tour.    

Click here to register for the tour.
 YW - Reusable Container
Yard waste collection:  Yard waste collection begins April 10, 2017.  You may place yard waste, prepared to collection guidelines, out each week on your garbage day.  Minnesota State law prohibits disposing of yard waste with garbage and requires the use of compostable bags for collection of yard waste from your home.  Residents may also use their own reusable container approximately 33 gallons in size with sturdy handles to place yard waste out for collection.  Visit our Yard Waste webpage for detailed information.

 Recycling Tour

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.


Hennepin County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events: Each year Hennepin County hosts household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events to make it easier for residents to properly dispose of unwanted chemicals, cleaners, pesticides, bulbs, paints and other items from their home.  Events in or near Minneapolis will be held on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the following dates and locations listed below.  For a complete list of items accepted visit Hennepin County's HHW collection events webpage.

Organics Recycling

Sign up now.
There's no extra cost to participate!  Organics are collected weekly on your regularly scheduled collection day.  Find more information on our Organics Recycling webpages

Learn how-to participate by watching our How-to video.

Español (Spanish): Reciclaje Orgánico
Hmoob (Hmong): Nroog Minneapolis nyoj khoom tsis siv
Somaaliga (Somali): Dib-U warshadaynta Qashinka dabiicigaa

One-Sort Recycling

You can now recycle more! View our Recycling Guide for details or go to the following pages for more detailed recycling information:
Paper Recycling
Food, Beverage & Other Container Recycling
Household Battery Recycling
Electronics Recycling
Large Item
Household Hazardous Waste

Español (Spanish): Un Solo Tipo de Reciclaje
Hmoob (Hmong): Ib Zaug-Xaiv Cov Khoom Qub Mus Zom Dua Tshiab
Somaaliga (Somali): Ku Rid Hal Weel Alaabta Dib-loo-warshadeeya

do not put in one-sort cart

Home container labels Organics_home_set_up

Label containers in your home so guests know how to properly sort their waste. Stickers are available for 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

Helpful Hennepin County websites

Green Disposal Guide
Apartment Recycling
Business Recycling Grants
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
Fix-It Clinics
Master Recycler/Composter

Alternative formats

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
Para assistencia: 612-673-2700
Pau kev pab: 612-673-2800
Hadii aad caawimaad u baahantahay: 612-673-3500

Customer service

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 Apr 25, 2017



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Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-637-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500. 


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