One-Sort Recycling Program
Your recycling collection day is assigned by the Solid Waste & Recycling Division. Routes are created so the Division works in the most cost-effective and efficient way, therefore your day pickup cannot be changed. Look up your collection day.
In the winter, remember to shovel around your Recycling & Garbage carts. For detailed information on shoveling requirments, go to Snow Shoveling.
Collection Time: Your recycling will be picked up at any time starting at 6:00 a.m. on your collection day. You may notice your recycling is collected at about the same time every other week. Please understand that changes in weather conditions, crew assignment, and equipment problems can change your pickup to earlier or later in the day.
Educational Tag: Our crews cannot pick up your recycling if there is problem with it. Unacceptable recycling will be marked with a educational recycling tag. If you find a tag, please read it over, correct the problem, and place your recycling out on your next recycling day.
Sample of reasons why recycling might NOT be picked up:
- Non-Recyclable materials were found in the recycling cart.
- Recyclables were contaminated: Items must be rinsed and clean.
- Recycling was not shoveled and free from snow.
- Recycling was not at the pickup area, next to the garbage cart.
- Recycling was not out for pickup on the correct week.
Please check your recycling calendar, call our office at (612) 673-2917 for assistance or look up your recycling date at Find your recycling day.
Missed Recycling: If you do not find a educational tag and you believe your recycling was missed, please wait until after 3:30 p.m. on the day of pickup before calling Solid Waste & Recycling at (612) 673-2917. Sorry, but we will not return for recycling if your cart was not out on time.
Extra Recycling: Now and then you may have extra recycling, use a container larger than 10 gallons but not bigger than 40 gallons, and put the extra container next to your one-sort cart. Call our office at (612) 673-2917 for a assistance if this is on-going issues for your property and an additional recycling cart may be delivered.
Holiday Schedule: When your collection day falls on or after a holiday, recycling collection will be one day later than normal. See the Holiday Schedule for more information.
Why Doesn't My Landlord Offer Recycling? Contact your building manager for recycling program information. Property owners are required to provide occupants with the opportunity to recycle. Call the City at (612) 673-2917 and ask to speak with the recycling coordinator if service is not available.
Report Misuse of Recycling Service: Recycling collection is a special service to our paying customers only. Taking or using another resident's collection point or cart is illegal. City Ordinance 225.10 states in part: "No person shall leave, throw, or deposit, or use or permit any other person to leave, place, throw, or deposit, any substances or materials of any kind at a city solid waste collection point for city disposal when the substances or materials were generated at a location other than the residence."
What Happens To My Recycling? All recycling is sold to vendors who have a contract with the City of Minneapolis. Contracts require that all materials be sold for recycling purposes only.
If you have any additional questions please call Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling at (612) 673-2917.
Last updated May. 24, 2013