Can businesses get help setting up recycling programs?
Hennepin County offers technical assistance and grants of up to $50,000 to businesses that need help setting up or improving their recycling programs. Grants can be used for the purchase of containers, equipment purchase and installation, hauling service charges and minor improvements to loading docks and waste enclosures. Strong recycling programs conserve natural resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, can help a business’s bottom line and demonstrate to customers a commitment to sustainability. Visit Hennepin County's website for more information.
Can holiday lights be recycled?
Due to changes with our partnering organization, St. Louis Park has discontinued the regular collection of holiday lights for recycling. The city will, however, accept holiday lights at the spring cleanup in June and the fall cleanup in September. Residents can recycle strands of lights year-round by taking them to Express Metals, 8094 Excelsior Blvd., Hopkins, MN 55343 or to one of the locations found in Hennepin County’s Green Disposal Guide.
Please note: Never put holiday lights in your curbside recycling cart; they cause significant problems at the sorting facility.
Can I collect my recycled materials in paper bags?
Yes. If you need to collect recyclables in bags in your home, you may use paper grocery bags, which are recyclable. Please empty the bag into your recycling cart and toss the bag in as a separate item.
Can I collect my recycled materials in plastic bags?
No. Plastic bags may not placed in your recycling cart for any reason, including bagging your recyclables. Plastic bags cause significant problems at the sorting facility. Plastic bags are only accepted for recycling at retail drop-off locations like grocery stores and co-ops. Learn more and find drop-off locations.
Can I recycle clothing, shoes or home goods?
The city partnered with Simple Recycling to provide collection of clothing, shoes and home goods beginning Feb. 13, 2017. Simple Recycling mailed specialized orange bags to households who receive city recycling service, at the beginning of February. All items must be placed in the orange bags and set out on the front curb for collection on your regularly scheduled recycling day. For more information about Simply Recycling. To report a missed pick-up, or if your bags did not arrive in February, call Simple Recycling at 866.835.5068 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get rid of my old recycling bins?
You can leave them next to your blue-lidded recycling cart and Waste Management will pick them up on your recycling collection day. It is best to tape a note to the bins so that the hauler knows you want the bins to be removed. The bins will be recycled.
I don't need such a large cart; can I switch to a smaller cart?
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 period at no charge; additional cart changes will require a fee.
I'm moving, should I take my recycling cart?
No. All recycling, organics, and garbage carts are the property of the City of St. Louis Park. Do not take them when you move.
What are educational tags?
The city requires Waste Management to leave educational tags on recycling carts for improperly prepared recycling.
Improperly prepared recycling includes:
Extra recyclables not set out in the cart, a paper bag, box, or separate reusable container.
Cardboard boxes that are too large (must be flattened and no larger than 3 foot by 3 foot pieces) or placed loose next to cart (extra cardboard that cannot fit into your recycling cart must by bundled with tape or twine.
Scrap metal inside the cart (this must be placed in a separate container next to the cart and be less than 2 foot by 2 foot).
Unacceptable items like garbage, foam packaging, and plastic bags/film which must go into your garbage cart.
Unacceptable items like yard waste which must be separated for yard waste collection.
Unacceptable items like food scraps which must be separated for organics recycling (if your household participates) or garbage.
Unacceptable items like electronics and household hazardous waste which must be separated and delivered to special collection facilities or events.
Improper cart placement in the street, on the sidewalk, on a snowbank, or in the alleyway.
Contact Waste Management at 763.783.5423 or email@example.com if you receive a tag and have questions.
What are the approximate dimensions of the carts?
30-gallon cart — 39" tall x 20" wide x 23" deep
60-gallon cart — 41" tall x 27" wide x 28" deep
90-gallon cart — 46" tall x 28.5" wide x 34" deep
What can I recycle?
See a list of acceptable recycling items or call public works at 952.924.2562. There is also a label on the lid of your blue-lidded cart explaining many of the items that can be recycled.
What happens if my cart is missing or damaged?
Please call public works at 952.924.2562.
What is the Zero Waste Packaging Ordinance?
The Zero Waste Packaging Ordinance went into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. The goal of the ordinance is to reduce the amount of trash created by food and beverage packaging. Visit Zero Waste Packaging Ordinance page to learn more.
When is my recycling collection day?
Your collection day is the same day as garbage collection, but recycling is collected every-other-week instead of weekly.
Will you take extra recycling if I place it alongside my recycle cart?
Yes. Extra recycling will be collected at no extra charge. Extra recyclables must be in a paper bag, cardboard box, or old recycling bin next to your cart. If you have excess cardboard, please cut or fold the cardboard into three feet by three feet sections, and bundle them with twine, string or tape. Place the bundles next to your recycling cart. If you consistently have extra recycling, call utility billing at 952.924.2111 to request an additional cart.