Minneapolis Department of Public Works

 

Solid Waste & Recycling

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

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What To Do List - P

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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Packaging Materials
Pails
Paint
Paint Brushes & Rollers
Paint Chips
Paint Rollers

Paint Thinner
Pallets: Wood
Paper
Paper Bags
Paper: Shredded
Patio Blocks
Paving Materials
Peanut Butter Tubs
Pepper Spray
Pesticides

Pet Feces
Phone Books
Phones
Photocopiers
Photographs & negatives
Pianos

Picnic Table: Metal
Picnic table: Wood
Pie Tins
Pill Bottles
Pine Cones
Pine Needles
Pipes
Pizza Boxes
Plaster
Plastic Bags
 

Plastic Bottles-see Bottles
Plastic Bubble Wrap
Plastic Drums
Plastic Garden Pots
Plastic Molds
Plastic Motor Oil Bottles
Plastic Polystyrene
Plastic Toner Bottles
Plastic Tubs and Trays
Plate Glass Windows
Plexi-Glass
Poison
Polish-Shoe
Political Yard Signs
Polystyrene
Pool Tables
 

Pool/Spa Plastic Molds
Pools: Plastic and Rubber
Pop Boxes- 12/24 Pack
Pop Cans
Popcorn Boxes
Portable Heater Fuel
Post It-Notes
Power Steering Fluid
Power Tools
Prescription Bottles
Printer Ink Jet Cartridges
Printer Ribbons
Printers
Propane Tanks
Pruning, Brush
Pumps

ItemWhat to doHandle AsDonate

Packaging Materials

If unable to reuse, bag and place inside the garbage cart. Save and reuse for future packing and shipping needs. Check the Yellow Pages under "Packaging Services" to see if a nearby store will accept for reuse.

Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Pails

Plastic (empty) pails will be collected by Solid Waste & Recycling. Set pails out next to the garbage cart, please post a sign or write on item "For Solid Waste".

Metal (empty) pails will be collected by Solid Waste & Recycling. Set pails out next to the garbage cart, please post a sign or write on item "For Solid Waste". Item will be picked up on next business day after recycling day.

Limit of 2 large items per garbage day.

Go To Garbage Page

 

 

Paint

Solid Waste & Recycling des not accept this item and it is not accepted at the South Transfer Station.

Oil-Based Paints are considered hazardous waste and should be delivered to a household hazardous waste facility for proper disposal. Do NOT place in garbage. Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Latex (Water-Based) Paints are non-hazardous. If paint container is empty or paint is dry, remove lid and place in garbage cart. If liquid paint remains, deliver to a household hazardous waste facility so it can be recycled into new latex paint. Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Lead-Based Paint Chips are considered hazardous waste and must be delivered to a household hazardous waste facility for proper disposal. Do NOT place in garbage. Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Aerosol (Spray) Paints are considered hazardous waste and should be delivered to a household hazardous waste facility for proper disposal. Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Go To Hazardous Waste Page

 

Go To Garbage Page

 

Go To Hazardous Waste Page

Donate

Paint - Brushes & Rollers

Allow to dry then bag and place dry brushes and rollers inside the garbage cart.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Paint - Chips

Non-lead based paint chips are non-hazardous; double bag and place inside the garbage cart.

Lead based paint chips are a hazardous material and are not accepted in the garbage or at the South Transfer Station. Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Paint - Thinner

Unused paint thinner can NOT be placed in the garbage. We do not recycle, and is not accepted at the South Transfer Station. Donate or Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Go To Hazardous Waste Page

Donate

Pallets: Wood

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

Donate

Paper

See Paper Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Paper Bags

See Paper Recycling.

 

Go To Recycle Page

Donate

Paper: Shredded

See Paper Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Patio Blocks, Rocks

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

Donate

Paving Materials

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

 

Peanut Butter Tubs

See Food, Beverage & Other Container Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Peanuts, Bubble Wrap, Plastic, Foam

If unable to reuse, bag and place inside the garbage cart. Save and reuse for future packing and shipping needs.

Check the Yellow Pages under "Packaging Services" to see if a nearby store will accept for reuse.

Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Go To Garbage Page

 

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 your 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

 

Pesticides

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.

Disposal of unused fertilizer containing herbicide (weed killer), pesticides, or insecticides (insect killer), 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

 

Pet Feces

Double bag and place inside the garbage cart.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Phone Books

See Paper Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Phones

Hennepin County's HHW & Recycling Drop-Off Facilities will accept for recycilng. If the telephone contains a battery, remove the battery. If unable to donate or deliver to Hennepin County, bag and place the phone inside your garbage cart.

Please remember to recycle the battery by placing it inside a bag on top of your recycling cart.

Cellular Phones
If your wireless provider is AT&T, Sprint or Verizon, the phone and battery can be taken to one of the retail stores for recycling. AT&T will accept all brands of cell phones.

The CALL TO PROTECT campaign collects wireless phones to benefit victims of domestic violence. Proceeds from the sale of phones help fund agencies that fight domestic violence and are also used to support the educational efforts of the Wireless Foundation. Other phones are refurbished and become lifelines for domestic violence victims when faced with an emergency situation. Call (888) 901-SAFE (7233).

Go To Garbage Page

Donate

Photocopiers

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.

If an electronic item is still usable, check the Yellow Pages under "Computers" or "Office Machines" that would repair, upgrade or accept your equipment for a trade in. Call a nearby school, non-profits and charitable organizations as they often accept working electronic goods.

NO COMMERCIAL PHOTOCOPIERS. Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for commercial information.

Large Item

Donate

Photographs & Negatives

Bag and place inside the garbage cart. Can not be recycled due to most are coated with a layer of ploythene.

Other options: Photography equipment stores may also accept old photographs for recycling. Check your phone book for facilities in your location. Donate this old photographs to your local historical societies or libraries may accept old photographs for their historical records. Can be used in a variety of arts and crafts projects or donated to a scrapbooking group for practice work.
Go To Garbage Page 

Pianos, Organs

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

Check the Yellow Pages under "Piano’s-Tuning, Repairing and Refinishing" for resale.

Voucher

Donate

Picnic Table: Metal or Wood

Do NOT place in the garbage cart. This item NOT collected by Solid Waste & Recycling

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

Voucher

Donate

Pie Tins

See Food, Beverage & Other Container Recycling.

  

Pill Bottles

See Food, Beverage & Other Container Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Pine Cones

Pine cones can be included with grass clippings and leaves. Place in bags. Each bag must weigh less than 40 lbs. Do not use bags larger than 33 gallons.

See Yard Waste for more information.

Go To Yard Waste Page

 

Pine Needles

Pine needles can be included with grass clippings and leaves. Place in bags. Each bag must weigh less than 40 lbs. Do not use bags larger than 33 gallons.

See Yard Waste for more information.

Go To Yard Waste Page

 

Pipes

This item collected on recycling week only. Piping must be less than 6 feet in length and bundled. Bundles not to exceed 40 lbs. Concrete is not accepted. Limit of 2 bundles 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. Piping can also be brought to a scrap metal dealer for recycling. Check the Yellow Pages under "Scrap Metals".

Large Item

Donate

Pizza Boxes

Bag and place inside the garbage cart. See Paper Recycling for more information.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Plaster

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

 

Plastic Bags

See Bags, Plastic.

Go To Garbage Page

Donate

Plastic Bubble Wrap

If unable to reuse, bag and place inside the garbage cart. Save and reuse for future packing and shipping needs. Check the Yellow Pages under "Packaging Services" to see if a nearby store will accept for reuse.

Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Go To Garbage Page

Donate

Plastic Drums

This item collected on recycling week only. Limit of 2 large items per recycling week. Must be open and empty. Place next to the garbage cart on the recycling day. Please post a sign or write on the item "For Solid Waste".

Large Item

 

Plastic Garden Pots and Trays

See Food, Beverage & Other Container Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Plastic Molds

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

Voucher

 

Plastic Motor Oil Bottles

If empty, bag and place inside the garbage cart. We do not accept motor oil bottles in the recycling program.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Plastic Polystyrene Foam Packaging

Bag and place inside the garbage cart. We do not accept this item in the recycling program. Used in fast food take-out packaging among other things. It is easy to identify, but very costly to recycle as the nearest recycling plant is now in New Jersey. This is why there are no longer any drop-offs for polystyrene in the Twin Cities.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Plastic Toner Bottles

If empty, bag and place inside the garbage cart. We do not accept this item in the recycling program.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Plastic Tubs and Trays

See Food, Beverage & Other Container Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Plate Glass Windows

Item is not recyclable. 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

 

Plexi-Glass

Item is not recyclable Item accepted at South Transfer Station with a voucher. Vouchers are available to customers of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling, see Voucher Program for details.

Large Item Collection: If the plexi-glass is less than 6’ X 6". Place it next to the garbage cart. Place a sign or write on the item "For Solid Waste". Limit of 2 large items per week.

Voucher

 

Poison

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

 

Polish-Shoe

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

 

 

Political Yard Signs

Paper (corrugated) yard signs may be placed in your one-sort recycling cart. The metal frame must be removed before placing the paper in the one-sort cart. The metal may be brought to one of Hennepin County's Drop-Off Facilities for recycling.

Corrugated plastic yard signs can be reused for different purposes. Check with your local school or neighborhood organization to see if they're interested in signs for reuse. Plastic yard signs are recyclable, but not in your one-sort cart. Contact Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 for more information.

Plastic film yard signs can be recycled, but not in your one-sort cart. The film may be brought to a participating grocery store for recycling, and the metal frame may be brought to Hennepin County's Drop-Off Facilities for recycling.

Go To Recycling Page 

Polystyrene

Bag and place inside the garbage cart. We do not accept this item in the recycling program. Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Pool Tables

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

Donate

Pool/Spa Plastic Molds

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

 

Pools: Plastic and Rubber

Place plastic/rubber kids’ pools 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.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Pop Boxes: 12/24 packs

See Paper Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Pop Cans

See Food, Beverage & Other Container Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Popcorn Boxes

See Paper Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Portable Heater Fuel

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.

Disposal with garbage is prohibited. Items such as: fuel, kerosene or Coleman fuel.

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

 

Post it-notes

See Paper Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Power Steering Fluid

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.

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 and oil filters, usually 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. Do NOT place in garbage. Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Go To Hazardous Waste Page

 

Power Tools

If it works, donate it. Hennepin County's HHW & Recycling Drop-Off Facilities will accept for recycling. If unable to donate or deliver to Hennepin County, bag and place the tool inside your garbage cart.

If the tool contains a battery, remove the battery. Please remember to recycle the battery by placing it in a plastic bag on top of your recycling cart.

Go To Garbage Page

Donate

Prescription Bottles (empty)

See Food, Beverage & Other Container Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Printer Ink Jet Cartridges

Hennepin County's HHW & Recycling Drop-Off Facilities will accept for recycling. If unable to deliver to Hennepin County, bag and place inside the garbage cart.

Check office supply stores or large retail stores for refill kits or recycling options. Post Offices in Hennepin County offer postage paid envelopes for ink cartridge recycling.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Printer Ribbons

Bag and place inside the garbage cart. We do not accept this item in the recycling program. Contact the store or manufacturer to see if there is a take back program.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Printers

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

Propane Tanks

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.

WARNING: Gas cylinders and tanks (other than fire extinguishers) contain a compressed gas. Even when the propane tank seems to be empty, there is still a small amount of explosive gas left in the cylinder.

After January 1, 2003, any 4 to 40 pound propane gas tank not equipped with an OPD valve will not be refilled.

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

 

Pruning, Brush

Brush and branches must be less than 3 inches in diameter. Bundle securely with twine or rope; do NOT use wire or tape. Bundles must be less than 3 feet in length and weigh less than 40 lbs.

See Yard Waste for more information.

Go To Yard Waste Page

 

Pumps

Pumps from plastic bottles, containers etc…remove and throw away with garbage. We do not accept pumps or pump lids in the recycling program.

Pumps for bilge, sump and heat usually contain a mercury switch. 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 Garbage Page

Go To Hazardous Waste Page

 

Last updated Apr. 14, 2014