Accepted garbage

Solid Waste & Recycling accepts only certain materials as household garbage. If you do not have City service, contact your garbage hauler for information.

We accept

The City picks up regular household garbage each week.

Items that belong in the garbage include:

  • Dirty plastic bags and film
    • Plastic bags and film that are clean and dry can be brought to a plastic bag drop-off location for recycling
  • Personal care products, diapers and pet waste
  • Wrappers from chips, candy, condiments, and foil drink pouches
  • Non-recyclable glass and ceramics
    • Window glass, drinking and cooking glasses, ceramics, and mirrors
  • Non-recyclable and non-compostable paper, plastic, and plastic-lined paper
    • Decorative paper plates, cups, to-go containers, straws and utensils
    • Plastics #3, #6, and #7
    • Plastics that are black in color
  • Durable items
    • Non-usable clothing and shoes
    • Household decor 
    • Large plastic items like storage tubs and kid's swimming pools
    • Kids toys and sports equipment
    • Garden hoses and window blinds

Search our Disposal guide to find out where items belong.

You may also set out up to two large items for pickup each week.

  • Large items that cannot be recycled are collected with garbage.
  • Large items that can be recycled may only be set out on recycling week.

Get more details on large items we'll collect.

We do not accept

We will not pick up the following items:

  • Auto parts
  • Building materials (construction and demolition debris)
  • Dirt / soil
  • Household hazardous waste (motor oil, oil filters, paints, chemicals, etc.)
  • Liquids
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Railroad ties
  • Tires

You can bring these items to a drop-off location. For options, see Hennepin County’s Green Disposal Guide


  • Alkaline batteries (single use AA, AAA, etc.) may be put in your garbage cart.
  • Rechargeable batteries are a fire hazard and are banned from all garbage and recycling carts.

Other options for batteries

If you cannot remove a battery

It can be difficult to remove the battery from items such as vaping devices, cellphones and digital watches. If you're having difficulty with a battery, bring the entire device to a drop-off location.

Lithium and other rechargeable batteries are flammable. When disposing of them, help prevent fires by:

  • Putting clear tape over the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals
  • Placing each battery in its own clear plastic bag

Contact us

Solid Waste & Recycling

Public Works





Eastside Maintenance Facility

2635 University Ave NE

Minneapolis, MN 55418

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

This building is closed to the public.