Public Works

Solid Waste & Recycling

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

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What To Do List - M

This alphabetical list helps you determine the best way to dispose of everyday things. Click an item for instructions on how to dispose, recycle, or drop off your items. Click on the icon for more information.

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Mace or Pepper Spray
Magazines or catalogs
Mail
Mattress
Medical Waste
Medication & Prescriptions (medicine)
Medication Bottles (prescriptions)
Mercury
Mercury Switches
Metal Drums
Metal Items
Metal Shelves

Microwave
Microwave Boxes, Trays
Milk Cartons
Mineral Spirits
Mirrors
Molds: Plastic
Monitor: Computer
Moth Balls
Motor Oil & Oil Filters
Motors
Motorcycles

ItemWhat to doHandle AsDonate

Mace or Pepper Spray

Do NOT place in the garbage cart. This item NOT collected by Solid Waste & Recycling or accepted at the South Transfer Station. Disposal with garbage is prohibited.

Call the local police precinct for proper disposal.

Items marked Caution, Caustic, Corrosive, Danger, Flammable, Poison, Volatile, or Warning should be considered a hazardous waste product and proper disposal is required. Do NOT place in garbage. Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Go To Hazardous Waste Page

 

Magazines and catalogs

See Paper Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Mail

See Paper Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Mattress

Mattresses are collected on RECYCLING WEEK ONLY.

Limit of 2 large items per recycling week. Place next to your garbage cart on recycling week only. Please post a sign or write on the item "For Solid Waste". Will be picked up then next business day after recycling day.

If the mattress is in usable condition, consider donating it to an organization that helps provide household goods to low-income families.  Here are several locations that will accept mattresses and other household furniture for donation:

Bridging - Bloomington, MN (952-888-1105) & Roseville, MN (651-631-3255)
http://www.bridging.org/
Love INC of Eastern Carver County - Chaska, MN (952-448-2508)
http://loveincecc.org/
Lupus Foundation (651-748-0400)
http://www.lupuspickup.org
Mary's Wish Furniture Depot - Waconia, MN (952-442-2268)
http://www.maryswish.org/

Large Item

 Donate

Medical Waste

Do NOT place in the garbage cart. This item NOT collected by Solid Waste & Recycling or accepted at the South Transfer Station. Disposal with garbage is prohibited.

Home care medical wastes such as bandaging, tubing or latex gloves that are contaminated cannot be disposed of in the garbage cart. Check with a home health care provider, or contact a health care provider or pharmacy about disposal options.

Items marked Caution, Caustic, Corrosive, Danger, Flammable, Poison, Volatile, or Warning should be considered a hazardous waste product and proper disposal is required. Do NOT place in garbage. Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Go To Hazardous Waste Page

 

Medication & Prescriptions

Garbage waste is burned daily, so therefore it's ok to place unsued medications in your cart, but before doing so, see precautions below. NEVER flush your unused medications.

Precautions:
-Keep the medication in its original container. The labels may contain safety information and the caps are typically childproof. Leaving the content information clearly visible, cover the patient's name with permanent maker.
-Modify the contents to discourage consumption. Add a small amount of vinegar to pills or capsules to at least partially dissolve them.
-Liquid medications: Add enough table salt, flour, or nontoxic powdered spice, such as mustard to make a pungent, unsightly mixture that discourages anyone from eating it.
-Blister packs: Wrap packages containing pills in opaque tape like duct tape.
-Seal and conceal. Tape the medication container lid shut with packing or duct tape and put it inside a non-transparent bag or container such as an empty yogurt or margarine tub to ensure that the contents cannot be seen. Do not conceal medicines in food products because they could be inadvertently consumed by wildlife scavengers.
-Discard the container in your garbage can: Do not place in the recycling bin.
 
More details go to: MN Pollution control Minnesota Pollution Control Agency fact sheet.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Medication Bottles (empty)

See Food, Beverage & Other Container Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page 

Mercury and Mercury Switches

Do NOT place in the garbage cart. This item NOT collected by Solid Waste & Recycling or accepted at the South Transfer Station. Disposal with garbage is prohibited.

Items such as: barometers, button batteries, fluorescent lamps, temperature thermometers, thermostats and switches in various appliances.
Mercury is a nerve toxin that is especially dangerous when inhaled, and particularly toxic to the developing nervous system of a fetus or young child, as well as dangerous to the environment.

Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information and web resources. Items marked Caution, Caustic, Corrosive, Danger, Flammable, Poison, Volatile, or Warning should be considered a hazardous waste product and proper disposal is required. Do NOT place in garbage.

Go To Hazardous Waste Page

 

Metal Box/Bed Springs, Cloth Box/Bed Springs.

Metal box/bed Springs are collected on recycling week only. Limit of 2 large items per recycling week. Place next to the garbage cart on the recycling day. Please post a sign or write on the item "For Solid Waste". Item will be picked up on next business day after recycling day.

Cloth box/bed springs are collected on any garbage day. Place next to the garbage cart. Please post a sign or write on the item "For Solid Waste". Limit of 2 large items per garbage day.

Large Item

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Metal Drums

This item collected on recycling week only. Drum must be open and completely empty. Place next to the garbage cart on the recycling day. Please post a sign or write on the item "For Solid Waste". Item will be picked up on next business day after recycling day. Limit of 2 large items per recycling week.

Large Item

Donate

Metal Items

Metal items are collected on recycling week only. Limit of 2 large items per recycling week. Place next to the garbage cart on the recycling day. Please post a sign or write on the item "For Solid Waste". Will be picked up the next business day after recycling day.

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Metal Shelves

This item collected on recycling week only. Shelving must be less than six (6) feet in length and bundled. Bundles not to exceed 40 lbs.

Limit of 2 large items per recycling week. Place next to the garbage cart on the recycling day. Please post a sign or write on the item "For Solid Waste". Item will be picked up on next business day after recycling day.

Large Item

Donate

Microwave

This item collected on recycling week only. Limit of 2 large items per recycling week. Place next to the garbage cart on the recycling day. Please post a sign or write on the item "For Solid Waste". Item will be picked up on next business day after recycling day.

Large Item

Donate

Microwave Dinner Boxes, Containers, Trays

Microwave Dinner Box: See Paper Recycling for more information.

Microwaveable Tray: If paper, place container in garbage cart. If plastic, clean and place in recycling cart. See Food, Beverage & Other Container Recycling for more information.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Milk Cartons

See Food, Beverage & Other Container Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Mineral Spirits

Do NOT place in the garbage cart. This item NOT collected by Solid Waste & Recycling or accepted at the South Transfer Station. Disposal with garbage is prohibited.

Items marked Caution, Caustic, Corrosive, Danger, Flammable, Poison, Volatile, or Warning should be considered a hazardous waste product and proper disposal is required. Do NOT place in garbage. Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Go To Hazardous Waste Page

 

Mirrors

Small pieces can be double bagged and placed inside the cart. Place larger pieces next to the garbage cart. Please post a sign or write on the item "For Solid Waste". Limit of 2 large items per garbage day.

Broken mirrors can be trimmed to make smaller mirrors, contact a glass dealer for additional information.

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Donate

Molds: Plastic

Item accepted at South Transfer Station with a voucher. Vouchers are available to customers of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling, see Voucher Program for details.

Voucher

 

Monitor: Computer

This item collected on recycling week only. Limit of 2 large items per recycling week. Place next to the garbage cart on the recycling day. Please post a sign or write on the item "For Solid Waste". Item will be picked up on next business day after recycling day.

Large Item

Donate

Moth Balls

Do NOT place in the garbage cart. This item NOT collected by Solid Waste & Recycling or accepted at the South Transfer Station. Disposal with garbage is prohibited.

Items marked Caution, Caustic, Corrosive, Danger, Flammable, Poison, Volatile, or Warning should be considered a hazardous waste product and proper disposal is required. Do NOT place in garbage. Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Go To Hazardous Waste Page

 

Motor Oil and Oil Filters

Containers that have liquid motor oil remaining can NOT be placed in the garbage cart.  Oil filters also may NOT be placed in the garbage cart.  These items are NOT collected by Solid Waste & Recycling or accepted at the South Transfer Station. Disposal with garbage is prohibited.

By State law, a person cannot place brake fluid, motor oil, oil filters, power steering fluid, or transmission fluid in the garbage, on the land, in water, down a sewer, or in the storm drain.

Some automotive service stations accept automotive fluids & oil filters, for a fee.

Items marked Caution, Caustic, Corrosive, Danger, Flammable, Poison, Volatile, or Warning should be considered a hazardous waste product and proper disposal is required. This includes empty containers. Do NOT place in garbage. Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Empty motor oil containers may be placed in your household garbage. 

Go To Hazardous Waste Page

 

 

 

Go To Garbage Page

 

Motors: Household Appliances

ONLY household type motors such as a dryer, lawn mower, snow blower, washing machine or weed trimmer motors.

This item collected on recycling week only. Limit of 2 large items per recycling week. Place next to the garbage cart on the recycling day. Please post a sign or write on the item "For Solid Waste". Item will be picked up on next business day after recycling day.

All other motors, check the Yellow Page under "scrap metals". Item can be brought to a scrap metal dealer for recycling.

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Motorcycles

This item NOT collected by Solid Waste & Recycling or accepted at the South Transfer Station.

Check the Yellow Page under "Scrap Metals" or "Junk Yards", for disposal options.

 

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Last updated Apr 29, 2014