Waste Management collection
If you have city solid waste service you can request curbside collection of appliances, electronics and bulky items that don’t fit in your garbage cart year-round; see below for scheduling and cost.
Appliances, electronics and bulky item collection
Curbside collection of appliances, electronics and bulky items can be arranged by calling Waste Management at 763.783.5423. This includes items such as large broken toys, carpet, mattresses, furniture and construction or remodeling materials, including wood. This also includes items that must be recycled such as electronics, TVs, appliances and microwaves. The cost for this service is a $35 trip fee plus the cost of disposal or recycling. Solid waste tax applies to the trip fee and disposal costs for any items collected as trash. Residents must prepay Waste Management directly for a bulky item collection.
Residents who have city solid waste service have access to curbside collection of clothing, shoes and home goods at no additional cost. This service is provided year-round by Simple Recycling on your regular recycling collection week. Visit the recycling page for information on how to set out materials for collection.
Note: Depending on the type and condition of the material, it is reused or recycled. Simple Recycling is a for-profit organization. Items collected through the program are not considered a donation. For donation options, view the year-round disposal options for all households tab.
Disposal facility drop-off
For a list of facilities that accept trash, carpet, bulky items, remodeling debris and more, visit Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide. Be sure to call ahead to any location listed for hours, fees and special requirements, especially while businesses are adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following are options for recycling, donating or otherwise disposing of several items that are typically accepted at the city cleanup events. (Businesses are only listed as a resource for our residents; inclusion does not constitute an endorsement of a business.)
Express Metals in Hopkins accepts scrap metal for recycling. Examples of items accepted include washers, dryers, dishwashers, hot water heaters, furnaces, stoves, air conditioning units, lawn mowers and snow blowers (drained of fluids), and grills (no propane tanks). They also accept lead acid batteries; other household batteries are not accepted. View a complete list of items accepted.
Express Metals is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 7:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Tech Dump reopened on May 11 for contactless drop-off of electronics at both locations (Golden Valley and St. Paul). They accept computers, printers, cables, power strips, cell phones, tablets, and more.
- Golden Valley: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- St. Paul: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Second Chance Recycling offers recycling for mattresses of all sizes for a fee. Visit their website to schedule a pickup.
At this time, they city is not aware of any free options for paper shredding service. There are a few businesses in the area that offer shredding for a charge.
- UPS Store - 5115 Excelsior Blvd, St. Louis Park (Miracle Mile)
- Staples - 11500 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka
If you opt to shred paper at home, please place it in your trash. Shredded paper is not accepted in recycling or organics.
The vendor typically used by the city to get rid of bikes can be contacted directly if you have a bike you no longer want. Contact Johnny Rock Bikes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thrift stores and charitable organizations that typically accept usable items for resale and reuse are currently closed or have limited options for accepting donations. More options will become available as thrift stores and non-profits re-open. Currently, the city is aware of the following:
- Arc’s Value Village (nonprofit thrift store) – As of May 10, Arc's is accepting donations at their donor drive-thru behind the store. Visit the Arc's Value Village website for hours and directions on how to safely make your donation during COVID-19.
- Bridging (nonprofit assisting Minnesotans coming out of homelessness) – As of May 4, Bridging is accepting items for donation, including usable furniture, linens and kitchen essentials (dishes, cookware, utensils, etc.). Visit the Bridging website for a complete list of accepted items, hours and directions on how to safely make your donation during COVID-19. Curbside pickup of items is available for a fee.
- Epilepsy Foundation (nonprofit offering services for individuals with epilepsy) – Curbside pickup of clothing and household items is available by request. Visit the Epilepsy Foundation website for more information.
Find other reuse businesses through Choose to Reuse.
Tips for donating
- Pre-sort your donations (clothing, kitchenware, décor, etc.) to decrease the work that must be done by thrift stores, as many will likely be receiving a larger than normal volume of donations.
- Remember that thrift stores must pay to dispose of stuff they can’t sell. Please don’t donate junk. This includes opened personal care items, broken toys, things you got for free at a conference or event (branded swag, promo CDs, etc.) or old media (computer games that are more than few years old, etc.).
View Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide for a list of facilities that accept trash, carpet, bulky items, remodeling debris and more. Always call ahead to any location for hours, fees and special requirements, especially while businesses are adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic.