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About Hazardous Waste

Many home and garden products are considered household hazardous waste (HHW). Hazardous product labels often include the words caution, toxic, corrosive, pesticide, combustible, poison, flammable, warning, or danger. These products have a wide variety of uses in your household, but they can harm human health and the environment if used, stored or...

About Recycling Collection

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:

Public Works
Municipal Service Center | 7305 Oxford Street | St. Louis Park, MN 55426
P: (952) 924-2562 |

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2013 Garbage & Recycling Changes

St. Louis Park has been a leader in residential garbage and recycling collection in the past, and the new program changes beginning Monday, September 30, 2013 will help ensure St. Louis Park continues to be a leader.

2013 Resources

2012 Resources

Public Works
Municipal Service Center | 7305 Oxford Street | St. Louis Park, MN 55426
P: (952) 924-2562 |

About Garbage & Recycling

St. Louis Park has organized garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection for single family and multiple dwellings of four units or less. In an organized collection system, the city provides residential curbside collection services through a contract with a hauler.

The city entered into five-year contracts with Waste Management and Advanced Disposal on October 1, 2013. The contracts expire on September 30, 2018. Staff in the Public Works Division manage the contracts and oversee the day-to-day operations.






Beyond Curbside Recycling

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. ...

Child Car Seat Recycling Event

Kids grow up so fast these days. If you are a parent you know all too well how quickly your children will outgrow their child safety seat. But what you may not know is how quickly those child safety seats expire, or if they have been in a fender bender it is time to replace it as well!

What is the responsible, safety and earth conscious parent to do? Expired or outgrown child safety seats can now be recycled through the Recycling Association of Minnesota's REseat program. RAM is holding an event in the parking lot of the St. Louis Park AAA (5400 Auto Club Way) making it convenient to safely and securely recycle child car seats.

2014 event dates and location include:

  • May 2, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Louis Park AAA parking lot
  • May 3, 2014, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., St. Louis Park AAA parking lot

Just drive into the parking lot, get in line, and they will take your car seat. The first 1,000 carseats will be collected free of charge courtesy of AAA. Carseats collected after that will be charged a minimal fee of $10 for recycling. For more information about the event, see the REseat webpage.

Educational Tags - Recycling

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. 


Electronic waste, or e-waste, is any waste that has a circuit board or a cathode ray tube (CRT). E-waste includes items such as CD and MP3 players, radios, speakers, stereos, stereos receivers, remote controls, monitors, laptops, CPUs, home networking devices, keyboards, mice, printers, speakers, scanners, storage devices, fax machines, cell phones...

Frequently Asked Questions - Recycling

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...

Garages and Accessory Structures

Structures that show extensive deterioration (rotted or bare wood, severely deteriorated roofs, leaning structures, broken windows, etc.) are in violation of the city property maintenance code. Owners may be contacted by the city and required to correct these conditions. Sound maintenance will protect your housing investment and ensure the quality...

Get Caught Recycling

The Get Caught Recycling Program began in December 2003 and rewards residents who properly recycle. Each month, the Solid Waste Field Inspector randomly selects 2 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...

Holiday Collection

If a holiday falls on the weekend, there will be no delayed collection. If a holiday falls during the week, collection will be delayed by one day all week through Saturday (9 a.m. through 6 p.m.).

Collection is only affected by the 6 holidays listed below. Collection remains the same on all other holidays throughout the year such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents Day, and Veterans Day.

New Year's Day
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
No collection on Wednesday. Wednesday - Friday collection will be delayed by one day.

Memorial Day
Monday, May 26, 2014
No collection on Monday. Collection delayed one day all week.

Independence Day
Friday, July 4, 2014
No collection on Friday. Friday collection will be collected on Saturday.

Labor Day
Monday, September 1, 2014
No collection on Monday. Collection delayed one day all week.

Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 27, 2014
No collection on Thursday. Thursday and Friday collection will be delayed by one day.

Christmas Day
Thursday, December 25, 2014
No collection on Thursday. Thursday and Friday collection will be delayed by one day.

Contact Public Works at (952) 924-2562 for more information.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event

Call Hennepin County Environmental Services at (612) 348-3777 or visit for a complete list of acceptable materials and drop-off instructions. As a year-round alternative to this collection, Hennepin County provides residents with permanent drop-off facilities located at 1400 W. 96th St. in Bloomington and 8100 Jefferson...

Recycling for Small Businesses

Small businesses and multi-family residential (up to 8-plex) are allowed to participate in the City’s residential solid waste collection program if they:

  1. Have a similar type of volume and material stream as residential properties (waste can be collected in garbage carts not dumpsters)
  2. Follow the same rules and collection schedules as residential properties
  3. Use city provided garbage carts and can’t have a garbage service level greater than 180 gallons
  4. Recycle and use city provided recycling carts
  5. Are located adjacent to city residential collection routes
  6. Can have weekly garbage collection and every-other-week recycling collection

At the City’s discretion, participation in the program by any multi-family or business can be terminated at any time by the City. Multi-family and businesses who participate can request additional recycling carts at no extra charge.

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

Utility Billing
City Hall | 5005 Minnetonka Blvd. | St. Louis Park, MN 55416
P: (952) 924-2111 |

Recycling Recovery Rate Study

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.

Single-Sort Recycling

Single-Sort Recycling has landed in St. Louis Park! St. Louis Park switched to single-sort recycling from dual-sort on Monday, September 30, 2013. Under the single-sort program, recycling will be collected every-other-week instead of weekly on your same collection day. The new recycling carts have a blue lid and were delivered in early September.

Single-Sort Recycling Acceptable Materials

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...

Spring Clean-up Day

The Annual Spring Clean-Up Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 at the St. Louis Park Municipal Service Center, 7305 Oxford Street. The event is for St. Louis Park residents only, personal identification will be required.

For a fee:

  • Bulky items for disposal (furniture, toys, remodeling supplies, equipment, etc.).
  • Appliances and CRT Monitors.
  • Tires will be collected for shredding and reuse.
  • Mattresses and box springs can be brought to the event for recycling for a fee of $15 each, regardless of size.

See the price list or call Waste Management at (763) 783-5423 for fee information. Cash and checks only.

For no charge:

  • Bicycles in ANY CONDITION.
  • Electronics - excludes CRT Monitors.
  • Gently used items for donation to the Vietnam Vets. The Vets have created a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items.
  • Textile recycling - Bring torn and worn clothes, shoes (pairs only), linens, towels, fabric scraps and rags for free recycling. Clean and dry only please.
  • Scrap Metal recycling - Bring in old metal grills, steel shelving, bed frames etc.  Lawn mowers and snow blowers must be drained of all fluids.
  • Paper shredding - Bring in your papers for free shredding. Limit 3 grocery-sized bags per vehicle. Shredded paper will be recycled.
  • Fluorescent bulb recycling - Limit 10 bulbs per vehicle.  Bring in your expired, unbroken fluorescent bulbs (including compact fluorescent lights, U-tube and circline fluorescent tubes, bug zappers, black lights, germicidal bulbs, high output bulbs and cold-cathode fluorescent bulbs) for proper disposal.

Not Accepted:
Please DO NOT bring tree debris, yard waste, garbage, recyclables, batteries, hazardous waste, or concrete. Hazardous waste can be brought to the County’s event at the Junior High on June 12-14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To find disposal options for these items, visit Hennepin County's A to Z Guide

The St. Louis Park Clean-Up Day is sponsored by Waste Management and the City of St. Louis Park and is provided as a lower-cost alternative to home pick up. Call Public Works at (952) 924-2562 for more information.

Walkup Service for Recycling

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

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

Garbage and Recycling Contact Information:

Yard Waste Options

When signing up for garbage service, solid waste customers have two options for yard waste collection:

No Grass Clippings option
Residents who choose to mulch their grass clippings and not set them out for collection will receive a $12 annual credit against their garbage bill. Participants can set out leaves, twigs and weeds.

Full Service option
There is no additional charge for residents to have their grass clippings collected. In addition, leaves, twigs and weeds can be set out with the grass clippings.

You can call Utility Billing to find out which option you currently have, or to change your options. Also see the article on how to start, stop or change your options.

Utility Billing
City Hall | 5005 Minnetonka Blvd. | St. Louis Park, MN 55416
P: (952) 924-2111 | F: (952) 924-2170 |

About Public Works Administration

Public Works Administration provides administrative support for Streets & Traffic and Water & Sewer. They also provide technical support for the roadway and utility infrastructure; manage the city's solid waste program; coordinate the spring and fall city clean-up events; manage telecommunication leases; and oversee the Division...

Opt Out of Phone Books

Tired of phone books piling up on your front doorstep, especially if you don't use them anymore? Opting out is even better than recycling. 

A website called Don't Trash the Phonebook allows you to stop phone book deliveries with a just few clicks of a mouse. The website is a joint effort by Yellow Pages Association, Conservation Minnesota, and local phone book publishers Dex One, Super Media and Yellowbook.

Interesting Fact: Telephone directories were banned from disposal in municipal solid waste (MSW) in Minnesota in 1992 (Minn. Stat. § 115A.951).

Dex Yellow Pages
You can change the number of directories you are scheduled to receive or stop delivery all together at

Unwanted phone books can be placed in your recycling cart for collection. Contact Waste Management at (763) 783-5423 for more information on how to recycle phone books.

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5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
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