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About Recycling Collection

updated: Thursday, January 19, 2017

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 |


Educational Tags - Recycling

updated: Thursday, September 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: Friday, February 03, 2017

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: Monday, January 30, 2017

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

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...

Recycling for Small Businesses & Multi-family Properties

updated: Friday, February 17, 2017

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

Recycling Recovery Rate Study

updated: Monday, January 30, 2017

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: Monday, November 14, 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...

Simple Recycling

updated: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

All of the materials are graded and sorted locally and/or regionally based on quality and condition. The top quality materials will be resold to local thrift outlets, mid grade is exported to international markets and “unusable” items are processed for raw materials that are recycled as carpeting, insulation or sorbent material for spills...

Single-Sort Recycling

updated: Friday, February 03, 2017

The City of St. Louis Park has partnered with Simple Recycling to provide collection of unwanted clothing, shoes, and small home goods on residents regularly scheduled recycling day. All materials are collected in specialized, orange Simple Recycling collection bags and are collected at the front curb only. Orange bags are expected to be sent to eligible...

Single-Sort Recycling Acceptable Materials

updated: Monday, October 03, 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: Monday, December 05, 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: Wednesday, November 30, 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, October 03, 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 - Ends March 1

updated: Monday, January 30, 2017

For several years, the City of St. Louis Park has collected holiday lights for recycling. Due to changes with the partnering organization, the city will discontinue the regular collection of lights on March 1, 2017.

What's accepted?
Old holiday light strings and electrical cords (including telephone, extension, and charger cords). 

Locations accepting lights until March 1:
The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive
Municipal Service Center, 7305 Oxford St.

All items must be placed directly in the provided bins. Please NO bags of any kind.

Holiday Lights Recycling - Ending March 1

St. Louis Park will accept holiday lights at the spring cleanup in June, and again at the fall cleanup in September. Residents who need to recycle strands of lights other times of the year can take them to Express Metals, 8094 Excelsior Blvd., Hopkins, MN 55343 or to one of the locations found on the Hennepin County Green Disposal Guide.

Note: Never put holiday lights in your curbside recycling cart; they cause significant problems at the sorting facility.

More Links

Municipal Service Center
7305 Oxford Street
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: 952.924.2562 Email: