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About Recycling Collection

updated: Thursday, February 11, 2016

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 or request an additional recycling cart. Recycling carts come in 30, 60 and 90-gallon sizes. Residents interested in changing the size of their current recycling cart, or adding an additional 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.  Please note that you may only change your recycling service level once per calendar year, for free.  Additional service level changes will result in a fee.

The following links provide more information about recycling collection:

Public Works
Municipal Service Center | 7305 Oxford St. | St. Louis Park, MN 55426
P: 952.924.2562 |

See more about: recycling  waste management  


Beyond Curbside Recycling

updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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, March 01, 2016

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 or if you receive a tag and have questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Recycling

updated: Thursday, June 02, 2016

Yes you can switch to a smaller cart smaller cart by filling out the online Recycling Cart Selection Form or by calling Utility Billing at 952.924.2111. Before downsizing, remember that collection is every-other-week and additional bulky plastics will be collected and will need to fit inside your cart. Also, you are allowed one cart change per 12 month...

Get Caught Recycling

updated: Friday, March 18, 2016

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 their recycling cart set out for collection, with recyclable material in the cart. The winners receive a one-time $50 credit on their utility bill (if in good standing...

Hennepin County Offers Grants to Businesses to Increase Recycling

Are you a business that wants to start recycling? Maybe improve the recycling program you already have? Hennepin County offers technical assistance and  recycling grants of up to $50,000 for businesses, non-profit organizations and institutions to start or improve programs to divert recyclables and organics (food and non-recyclable paper) from...

Recycling for Small Businesses & Multi-family Properties

updated: Friday, March 18, 2016

Small businesses and multi-family residential (up to 8-plex) are allowed to participate in any of the city’s single-family residential solid waste, recycling, or organics collection programs.  A business may choose to join one or more of the single-family residential programs as long as the following criteria are met: 

  • Service location is along existing single-family residential collection routes and amount of waste generated can be collected in city-provided carts, not dumpsters

Note: All programs provide up to 2 x 90-gallon carts (2 garbage, 2 recycling, 2 organics), additional carts may be requested and are made available at the City's discretion. Additional garbage carts will result in an increase in service fees. Additional organics or recycling carts are free.

The same rules and collection schedules apply to small businesses, multi-family and single-family residential. Collection schedules are as follows:

  • Garbage & Organic Waste must be collected weekly
  • Recycling must be collected every-other-week

At the city’s discretion, participation in the program by any multi-family residential building or business can be terminated at any time by the city.  Request information and pricing by calling or emailing Mike Okey at the contact information listed below.


All multi-family residential buildings are required by city ordinance to offer recycling to their tenants, see Chapter 22 of the City Code.

Most commercial buildings are required by the State to begin recycling by January 1, 2016, see information from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.


Mike Okey
Municipal Service Center | 7305 Oxford St. | St. Louis Park, MN 55426
P: 952.928.2857 |

Recycling Recovery Rate Study

updated: Friday, March 18, 2016

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‚Äźrecyclable 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.

Recycling to be Required in Commercial Buildings Starting in 2016

updated: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Residents might notice more recycling options in buildings away from home this year. In 2014, the Minnesota Legislature expanded recycling requirements to include commercial buildings. Effective January 1, 2016, owners with commercial buildings in the seven-county metro area - that also generate four cubic yards or more of trash per week - must...

Single-Sort Recycling

updated: Thursday, April 28, 2016

Textile Recycling is no longer being offered with curbside pickup as this was an exclusive service offered by the city's previous recycling contractor.  Residents can still recycle their clean, torn, and worn items by bringing them to one of many USAgain boxes located around the metro area. Many other charitable organizations offer free curbside...

Single-Sort Recycling Acceptable Materials

updated: Monday, June 06, 2016

Please place recyclable materials into the recycling cart and make sure the lid closes. If you have extra recyclables that cannot fit into your cart, place them in a brown paper bag, cardboard box, or your old recycling bin next to your cart. If your item is not listed below, check out Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide for additional recycling...

Walkup Service for Recycling

updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Walkup service is an optional service where the driver collects your recycling at a location on your property other than at the curb or alley. Residents can sign up for this extra service by calling Waste Management at 763.783.5423. The following are the fees for recycling walk-up service:

  • 2016 - $4.50 per month plus taxes and fees
  • 2017 - $4.50 per month plus taxes and fees
  • 2018 - $5 per month plus taxes and fees

Walkup service for recycling will be billed directly to the customer by Waste Management on an annual basis.

Waste Management

updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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

Garbage Truck

Garbage and Recycling Contact Information:


Recycle Your Cell Phone or Printer Cartridge

updated: Monday, May 23, 2016

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, March 01, 2016

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).  St. Louis Park Rec Center Building

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.

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7305 Oxford Street
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
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