Recycling facility tour

You can tour the recycling facility and see what happens after the truck picks up your blue recycling cart.

The recycling process

The City contracts with Eureka Recycling to sort the recycling we pick up from your home. At its facility, sorters remove items that should not have been put in your recycling cart. They then sort the recyclables into 15 different categories and compress them into bales. Eureka sends the bales to companies that turn them into new products.

Interesting facts

  • 100% of your recyclables stay in North America.
  • 90% of your recyclables stay in the upper Midwest.
  • 80% of your recyclables are made into new products in Minnesota.

About tours

In-person tours of the recycling facility are currently suspended due to COVID-19 and physical distancing requirements. Virtual tours of the facility have resumed. 

Tours are approximately 1.5 hours long with about 1 hour describing the recycling process itself and half an hour allocated for questions and discussion.

Virtual tour dates

2022 tours:

  • August 18: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • August 18: 3 - 4:30 p.m.
  • October 20: 8 - 9:30 a.m.
  • October 20: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • December 14: 8 - 9:30 a.m.
  • December 14: 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Tours are typically offered on the third Thursday every other month.  

You must register beforehand.

Sign up for a virtual tour

The Story of a Cereal Box

Eureka Recycling walks you through the sorting process at its material recycling facility (MRF). Watch this fascinating process up close and in action!

Contact us

Recycling Coordinator

Solid Waste & Recycling





Eastside Maintenance Facility
2635 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday – Friday

This building is closed to the public.