Acceptable Recycling Materials

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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 or disposal options.

No plastic bags. Plastic bags are not accepted in your curbside cart but may be brought for recycling to most grocery stores.

Discontinue placing shredded paper in recycling carts due to problems caused at the sorting facilities. Even when placed in paper bags, shredded paper acts as confetti and contaminates glass. Limit shredding to confidential items, and save these papers to shred at city or business-sponsored shred events. As a last resort, shredded paper should be placed into trash.

Print or view the 2019 recycling guide for a quick at home reminder of acceptable materials! 

Recycling materials we accept

acceptable recyclables - phone books, mail, pasta boxes, cereal boxes
  • Mail, office and school papers
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Phone books
  • Books (remove hard covers)
  • Cereal, cracker, pasta, and cake mix boxes
  • Shoe boxes, gift boxes and electronics boxes
  • Toothpaste, medication and other toiletry boxes
  • Cardboard (flatten to three feet by 3 three feet, bundle with tape or twine)
  • Pop and beer boxes
  • Paper towel and toilet roll tubes
acceptable recyclable cartons - milk cartons, broth cartons
Cartons (rinse, leave caps on)
  • Milk, soup and broth cartons
  • Wine and juice cartons
  • Juice boxes
acceptable glass and metal recyclabls - wine bottles, glass jar, cans
Glass (remove lids)
  • Food and beverage bottles and jars
  • Food and beverage cans
  • Aluminum foil and trays (rinsed and clean)
acceptable plastic recyclables - milk jugs, yogurt containers, shampoo bottles, laundry detergent, pop bottles
Plastics (rinse, leave caps on)

Make sure all plastics have a resin code of #1, #2, #4, or #5.

  • Water, soda and juice bottles
  • Milk and juice jugs
  • Ketchup and salad dressing bottles
  • Yogurt, pudding and fruit cups
  • Margarine, cottage cheese and other tubs
  • Produce, deli and take out containers
  • Dishwashing liquid bottles 
  • Detergent jugs
  • Shampoo, soap and lotion bottles (remove pump)
  • Clear packaging from toys and electronics
  • Medicine bottles (greater than two inches tall or wide)
  • Disposable plastic cups and bowls
Bulky rigid plastics

All items must fit inside the recycling cart, do not cut into small pieces. Make sure all bulky rigid plastics have a resin code of #1, #2, #4, or #5. Examples include: Recyclable Bulky Rigid Plastics - plastic buckets, garden pots

  • Plastic buckets five-gallons and smaller (clean, no paint/spackle, metal handle okay)
  • Plastic laundry baskets, tubs and crates
  • Rigid plastic garden pots (less than 8 inches in diameter, free of dirt)
Clean scrap metals

Do not place these metals into your recycling cart. Place all these metals in a container (your old recycling bin, cardboard box, or waste basket) next to your recycling cart. No car parts, no sharp items. Examples include:

  • Pots and pans (non-stick okay, no glass lids, metal tops and handles okay)  Recyclable Scrap Metals - metal bakeware, door knob
  • Metal bakeware (non-stick okay, no glass/plastic lids)
  • Metal flatware (forks, spoons, knives)
  • Metal hangers (clothing or coat hangers)
  • Door knobs, mail holders, license plates
  • Metal shovel ends (remove handles)
  • Metal shelving or pipes (two feet by two feet sections or less, do not cut)
  • Hand tools (hammer, wrench, chisel, screwdriver) 
  • Metal washers, screws, nuts and bolts (no nails)
  • Popcorn, cookie and nut tins
  • Miscellaneous (angle iron, threaded rod)

Please DO NOT include

NO: Needles or syringes; plastic plates; utensils; plastic straws; 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.

NO: Paper egg cartons, paper cups or plates, napkins, boxes with food or grease, or facial tissue – these items can be placed in your brown-lidded organics cart for those who participate in the curbside organics program.