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Waste Reduction

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While many of the City of St. Louis Park's programs focus on recycling and organics, we know that the best way to reduce your impact on our planet is by preventing and reducing waste in the first place. Reuse is a great way to keep existing items out of the trash, while also reducing the demand for new products. The city regularly hosts swap events to support reuse efforts.

Upcoming events

Clothing Swap - CANCELED

Sunday, July 12, 2 - 4 p.m.   

The 2020 Clothing Swap has been canceled.

If you have questions, please email or call Emily Barker at 952.924.2187. 

Choose to Reuse

Hennepin County hosts a Choose to Reuse website to help residents find places to buy, sell, donate, rent or repair items. The mission is to keep usable items out of the trash and to encourage reuse before buying new. Questions? Call 612.348.3777.

Building materials donations

Have extra materials from your latest building or remodeling project? Maybe you have leftover tile or hardware you don’t need but can’t return to the store? Or, maybe you removed old cabinets, but they are still in good condition. Don’t throw them out!

Better Futures Minnesota and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore accept and sell usable building materials.

Food waste prevention

While composting is an important way to deal with food scraps when we have them, preventing food waste is the best option to minimize negative environmental impact and save you money. The average household in the U.S. throws away approximately $1,500 worth of food every year!

Here are a few things you can do to reduce your food waste:

  • Make a list and stick to it when you shop. This will help you buy less food, reducing the potential for waste and save you money from impulse buys.
  • Buy “ugly” produce. Misshapen fruits and vegetables may look a little different than we are used to, but they are perfectly safe to eat. Help reduce food waste by ensuring these items are purchased.
  • Experiment with scraps. Many veggie scraps (leaves, stems, peels) are edible, but we have been taught to discard them. Consider roasted cauliflower leaves!
  • Understand best by/use by dates. These dates rarely have to do with food safety; instead they tell you when the quality (taste, freshness) may start to decline.

Opt out of phone books

If you don't use phone books anymore, you can opt out of phone book delivery by going to the Yellow Pages opt-out site.

If you haven’t opted out and have unwanted phone books, place them in your recycling cart for collection.