Public Works

Solid Waste & Recycling

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

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What To Do List - S

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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Salt-Water Softener
Sand
Satellite Dish
Sawdust
Scrap Metal
Sealant
Sheetrock
Shelves: Metal
Shingles
Shipping Materials

Shock Absorbers
Shoes
Shoe Polish
Shredded Paper
Siding
Sinks
Smoke Detector
Snow Blower
Snowmobiles
Sod

Soda Boxes
Soda Cans
Sofa/Couch
Solvents
Spa/Pool Plastic Molds
Spot Remover: Laundry
Spot Remover: Laundry
Steel
Steel Cans
Storm Doors Metal/Wood

Stove: Gas & Electric
Straw
Stumps
Styrofoam Packing Peanuts & food trays
Swimming Pool Chemicals
Swimming Pools
Swing Set: Metal
Syringes
Storm Windows Metal/Wood

ItemWhat to doHandle AsDonate

Salt-Water Softener

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

Sand

Do NOT place in the garbage cart, recycling cart, yard waste bags or next to the cart. This item is NOT collected by Solid Waste. Item accepted at South Transfer Station with a voucher. Vouchers are available to customers of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling, click on voucher link for more details.

See donate link for suggestions, or check your yellow pages for other disposal options. Disposal with garbage is prohibited.

Voucher

Donate

Satellite Dish

If metal, accepted at South Transfer Station with a voucher. Vouchers are available to customers of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling, click on voucher link for more details.

Voucher

 

Sawdust

Double bag and place inside the garbage cart.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Scrap Metal

This item collected on recycling week only. Scrap must be less than 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.

Metals may also be brought to a scrap metal dealer for recycling. Check the Yellow Pages under "Scrap Metals".

Large Item

Donate

Sealant

Do NOT place in the garbage or recycling cart, yard waste bags or next to the cart. This item is NOT collected by Solid Waste & Recycling or accepted at the South Transfer. 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

 

Sheetrock

Do NOT place in the garbage cart, recycling bin, yard waste bags or next to the cart. Disposal with garbage is prohibited.

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

Voucher

 

Shelves: Metal

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

Shingles

Do NOT place in the garbage cart, recycling bin, yard waste bags or next to the cart. Disposal with garbage is prohibited.

Item accepted at South Transfer Station with a voucher. Vouchers are available to customers of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling, click on voucher link for more details.

Voucher

 

Shipping Materials

If unable to reuse, bag and place in 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

Shock Absorbers

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

 

Shoes

Tennis shoes may be recycled at their end of life. REI stores in the Twin Cities accept tennis shoes for recycling.

If you're unable to bring tennis shoes to REI for recycling, they can be disposed of in the garbage.

Go To Garbage Page

Donate

Shoe Polish

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

 

Shredded Paper

See Paper Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Siding

Do NOT place in the garbage or recycling cart, yard waste bags or next to the cart. Disposal with garbage is prohibited.

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

Voucher

 

Sinks

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

 

Smoke Detector

Remove and recycle the batteries. The rest may be placed in the trash.

For more detailed information regarding smoke detectors, Go to Hennepin County A-Z Guide for additional information.

Go To Garbage Page

 

Snow Blower

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. MUST Drain gasoline and oil.

Large Item

Donate

Snowmobiles

DO NOT place next to the garbage cart, or part of this item in the garbage. Not collected or accepted by Solid Waste & Recycling or with a voucher at the South Transfer Station. Disposal with garbage is prohibited.

Check the Yellow Page under "Scrap Metals". Can be brought to a scrap metal dealer for recycling.

Go To Hazardous Waste Page

Donate

Sod

Remove all or most of the dirt. 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

Donate

Soda Boxes

See Paper Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Soda Cans

See Food, Beverage & Other Container Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Sofa/Couch

Not Metal: If less than 6 feet in length and less than 50% metal. Place it next to the garbage cart on your garbage day. Please post a sign or write on the item "For Solid Waste". Limit of 2 large items per garbage day.

Metal: If more than 6 feet in length and/or 50% or more metal. This item collected on recycling week only. Limit of 2 large items per recycling week. 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

Solvents

Do NOT place in the garbage or recycling cart, yard waste bags or next to the 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

 

Spa/Pool Plastic Molds

Do NOT place in the garbage or recycling cart, yard waste bags or next to the cart. This item is NOT collected by Solid Waste & Recycling. Disposal with garbage is prohibited.

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

See donate link for suggestions, or check your yellow pages for other disposal options.

Voucher

Donate

Spot Remover: Laundry

If empty, bag and place inside the garbage cart.

Empty plastic bottles that have been rinsed clean with the pump/lids removed, may be recycled with plastic bottles.

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

Go To Garbage Page

 

Steel

This item collected on recycling week only. Scraps steel must be less than 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.

Metals may also be brought to a scrap metal dealer for recycling. Check the Yellow Pages under "Scrap Metals".

Large Item

 

Steel Cans

See Food, Beverage & Other Container Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page

 

Storm Doors: Metal or Wood

Metal doors are collected on recycling week only. Must remove glass from metal doors.
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.

Wood doors are collected on 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 recycling week.

See donate link for suggestions, or check your yellow pages for other disposal options.

Large Item

Donate

Storm Windows

Metal storm windows are collected on the recycling week only. Please remove glass from metal storm windows. Place next to the garbage cart on the recycling day. Please post a sign or write on the item "For Solid Waste". Limit of 10 metal storm windows per recycling week. Item will be picked up on next business day after recycling day.

Wood Storm windows are collected on garbage day. Place next to the garbage cart. Please post a sign or write on item "For Solid Waste". Limit of 10 wood storm windows per garbage day.

Large Item

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Stove: Gas & Electric

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

Straw

Straw 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

Donate

Stumps

This item is NOT collected by Solid Waste & Recycling or accepted at the South Transfer. Disposal with garbage or yard waste is prohibited. See suggestions listed in Donate.

Bring your yard waste to the compost site nearest to you. Call first for hours, special conditions and fees.

 

Donate

Styrofoam

Packing Peanuts
& Food Trays
 

If unable to reuse, bag and place in the garbage cart.

Packing Peanuts: 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.

Food Trays: Place in the garbage. Currently can't be recycled as there is no market for this product.

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

Go To Garbage Page

Donate

Swimming Pool Chemicals

Do NOT place in the garbage cart, recycling bin, yard waste bags or next to the cart. This item is NOT collected by Solid Waste & Recycling or accepted at the South Transfer. 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

 

 

Swimming Pools

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. Item will be picked up on the next business day after garbage collection.

Large Item

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Swing Set: Metal

This item collected on recycling week only. Pieces must be less than 6 feet in length and bundled. Bundles not to exceed 40 lbs. Concrete is not accepted.

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

Syringes

Needles and/or syringes may be collected with garbage if properly prepared. Needles and/or syringes must be placed in a heavy plastic container with a screw on lid, such as a 2-liter pop bottle or laundry detergent bottle. Make sure the lid/cap is screwed on and secured with heavy duty tape. Bag and place the filled container inside the garbage cart. There is no need to label the container.

Solid Waste & Recycling will not collect "Sharps" containers. Inquire about disposal options at a health provider or pharmacy. South Transfer Station will NOT accept this item.

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

Go To Garbage Page

 

Last updated Nov 19, 2013