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About Recycling Collection

updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Recycling is collected every-other-week on your regular collection day. Find your collection day and set out your recycling by 7 a.m. to ensure collection. Please do not set your cart in the street, alley, or sidewalk. If you believe your recycling was missed, please call Waste Management at (763) 783-5423.

You have options to increase or decrease the size of your recycling cart. Recycling carts come in 30, 60 and 90-gallon sizes. Residents interested in changing the size of their current recycling cart should call Utility Billing at (952) 924-2111 or fill out the online recycling cart selection form.

There is no additional cost for recycling collection – it is included in your standard garbage collection rate.

The following links provide more information about recycling collection:

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Municipal Service Center | 7305 Oxford St. | St. Louis Park, MN 55426
P: (952) 924-2562 | info@stlouispark.org

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Beyond Curbside Recycling

updated: Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Plastic Bags are not accepted in the residential curbside recycling program. Several retailers accept a variety of clean, dry and empty plastic bags including grocery bags; dry-cleaning bags; clean and dry cereal bags, bread bags and produce bags; zipper bags (remove top closing mechanism); stretch/shrink wrap; and 6-pack holder rings. 


Educational Tags - Recycling

updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The city requires Waste Management to leave educational tags on your recycling cart for improperly prepared recycling. Improperly prepared recycling includes items such as: non-recyclable items or placing materials in plastic bags.  

Items that are not recyclable go into your garbage cart. Contact Waste Management at (763) 783-5423 if you receive a tag and have questions. 



Frequently Asked Questions - Recycling

updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Yes. Extra recycling will be collected at no extra charge. If you have excess cardboard, please cut or fold the cardboard into 3 feet by 3 feet sections, and tie them into manageable bundles with string or twine. Place the bundles next to your recycling cart. If you cannot fit all your recyclables in your cart with the lid closed, place additional...


Get Caught Recycling

updated: Monday, November 24, 2014

The Get Caught Recycling Program began in December 2003 and rewards residents who properly recycle. Each month, the Solid Waste Field Inspector randomly selects two addresses that have at least one full recycling bin set out for collection. The winners receive a one-time $50 credit on their utility bill (if in good standing), and a reusable bag...


Hennepin County Offers Grants to Businesses to Increase Recycling

These grants can help with the purchase of containers, equipment purchase and installation, hauling service charges and minor improvements to loading docks and waste enclosures. Having a strong recycling program conserves natural resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, can help a business’s bottom line, and demonstrates their commitment...


Pumpkin Recycling

Pumpkin Recycling is FREE and Good for the Environment!
Advanced Disposal started curbside collection of pumpkins on Friday, Oct. 31 and will end when yard waste collection ends – the week of Nov. 24.

Residents are asked to place pumpkins next to yard waste bags or branch bundles on their regular garbage collection day by 7 a.m. If pumpkins are bagged, please remember to use compostable bags and limit the weight to less than 40 pounds per bag.

Organic waste customers can place pumpkins inside their cart along with yard waste.

All candle wax, paint and decorations must be removed. Painted pumpkins cannot be accepted. All the pumpkins will be taken to a compost facility or given to a farm operation for animals’ food.

For more information, contact Advanced Disposal at (763) 786-7723.

Additional Resources
Pumpkins are too cool!



Recycling for Small Businesses

updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

If your business or multi-family residential building meets this criteria, you can request to be part of the single-family program by calling or emailing Jason Bredenberg at the contact information listed below. At the city’s discretion, participation in the program by any multi-family residential building or business can be terminated at...


Recycling Recovery Rate Study

updated: Monday, November 24, 2014

In May 2009, waste sorts were conducted in two suburban communities in Hennepin County – St. Louis Park and Minnetonka. Each sort was one week long, with the primary objective of determining the recycling recovery rate of materials in curbside recycling programs and assessing the potential to increase it.

The recycling recovery rate is the ratio of the amount of material recycled by the resident to the total recyclable material in both the waste cart and the recycling bin.

St. Louis Park Conclusions

  1. Of the recyclables set out by residents, 64.8 percent were paper, 32.4 percent were containers, and 2.7 percent were combined trash/organics. Household batteries, consumer electronics and HHW/problem materials accounted for less than 0.1 percent as did clothes/linens.
  2. The most predominant materials in the curbside recyclables were newspapers/inserts (29.3 percent) and glass bottles/jars (23.5 percent).
  3. Of the waste cart contents, 10.3 percent were recyclable papers and 4.6 percent were containers.
  4. Of the recyclables remaining in the waste carts, those that were found in the largest amounts included:
    • Newspapers/Inserts – 2.4 percent
    • Glass Bottles/Jars – 2.1 percent
    • Office Paper/Mail – 1.8 percent
  5. Comparing the recyclables from the curbside program with the recyclables found in the waste carts, five categories have a recycling recovery rate of 75 percent or greater including:
    • Newspapers/Inserts – 89.8 percent
    • Glass Bottles/Jars – 89.1 percent
    • Phone Books – 79.6 percent
    • Corrugated Cardboard – 79.2 percent
    • Magazines/Catalogs – 78.5 percent
  6. Organics (food waste, non‐recyclable paper, and yard waste) accounted for 42 percent of the contents of the waste carts.

Additional information can be found in the Hennepin County Suburban Recycling Recovery Rate Study.



Single-Sort Recycling

updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Initially, everyone received one 90-gallon recycling cart. The old recycling bins used by St. Louis Park residents are about 18-gallons in size. The new cart is equivalent to about 5 bins. So if you filled 2 bins each week, you would fill 4 bins in two weeks. Thus, your 90-gallon cart would be almost full before each collection. Residents may find...


Single-Sort Recycling Acceptable Materials

updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NO: needles or syringes, plastic plates, utensils, compostable plastics, foam products of any kind such as packing peanuts, foam cups, and coolers (plastic coolers contain foam cores), gift wrap, plastic bags, plastic toys, dishes, ceramics or pottery, window glass or mirrors, aerosol cans, light bulbs, motor oil or anti-freeze bottles, or batteries...


Walkup Service for Recycling

updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Walkup service is where the driver collects your recycling at a location on your property other than at the curb or alley. The 2014 fee for recycling walk-up service is $4 per month and is billed directly to the customer by Waste Management. Residents can sign up for this extra service by calling Waste Management at (763) 783-5423.



Waste Management

updated: Monday, August 18, 2014

The city provides residential garbage and recycling collection through a contract with Waste Management.

Garbage and Recycling Contact Information:



Recycle Your Cell Phone or Printer Cartridge

updated: Monday, September 29, 2014

Recycling Association of Minnesota has provided the City of St. Louis Park with collection boxes to recycle the following items: cell phones, PDA's, iPods, MP3 players, and printer inkjet cartridges. These collection boxes are located at City Hall, The Rec Center, Westwood Hills Nature Center and the Municipal Service Center. For more information...


Holiday Lights Recycling

updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Tired of your old holiday decor? Want to update your decorations with efficient LED lights? Or maybe you want to finally get rid of the tangled mess of holiday light strings and cords that no longer work. Instead of tossing them in the trash, bring them in for FREE recycling!

What can be dropped off?
Old holiday light strings, lighted yard decorations and electrical cords (including telephone and extension cords).  

Where can I bring my lights?
The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive
Municipal Service Center, 7305 Oxford Street

Items can be dropped off during business hours throughout the year.

This program is promoted statewide in partnership with WCCO, Great River Energy, Ace Hardware stores, and CERTS (Clean Energy Resource Teams). It employs over 200 individuals with disabilities at vocational centers throughout the state of Minnesota. Every part of the strand is dismantled by vocational center clients and properly recycled locally.

The Recycling Association of Minnesota manages the Recycle Your Holidays™ program. 

For more information, contact The Rec Center at (952) 924-2540 or the Municipal Service Center at (952) 924-2562.



More Links

Municipal Service Center
7305 Oxford Street
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: (952) 924-2562 Email: info@stlouispark.org