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

Monday, July 29, 6 – 8 p.m.
Central Community Center gym, 6300 Walker St.

Wardrobe in need of an update? Participate in the City of St. Louis Park’s annual clothing swap! The event is FREE and open to all ages and genders! You do not need to be from St. Louis Park to participate.

How the swap works

  • You fill a bag (or ten!) with your unwanted items and bring them to the swap. Items may not be dropped off early.
    • All styles, sizes and types of clothing, shoes, coats, jewelry, accessories, etc. are welcome. Please leave blankets, linens and pillows at home.
    • Make sure items are clean.
  • We weigh all your items when you arrive.
  • You set out the items you brought on tables marked with specific categories.
  • You can look through items others have brought and take home whatever you like (no limit!).
    • We will provide a mirror in the gym. You are also welcome to try items on in the bathrooms.
  • We sort items at the end of the swap and recycle items that are torn or excessively stained. If you have a large quantity of clothing that is worn/torn and is no longer wearable, please take it directly to Hennepin County, utilize the city’s curbside pickup program (Simple Recycling) or drop it in a USAgain container.

Everything left at the end of the swap will be weighed to calculate pounds swapped, donated and recycled. This helps us track the impact of the event! Leftover items will be donated to St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) and Old School thrift shop.

We ask that everyone who brings clothing do so with the intent to participate in the swap. If you have items you would just like to donate, please take them directly to a thrift shop.

If you have questions, please email recycling@stlouispark.org or call Emily Barker at 952.924.2187.

Building Materials Donation Days

Friday, Sept. 13, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. & Saturday, Sept. 14, 9 - 11 a.m.
Municipal Service Center, 7305 Oxford St.

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!

This event will be an opportunity to donate usable building materials to two local nonprofits that specialize in the reuse and resale of building materials. Better Futures Minnesota and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore will be onsite during the event to vet all materials for quality and potential for resale. Our partners reserve the right to refuse unusable materials. All items deemed acceptable will be taken for free.

Acceptable items
Used items in good condition will be accepted unless otherwise noted.

  • Cabinetry - bath vanities, kitchen cabinets, cabinet doors
  • Countertops - laminate and stone (straight sections only; no peeling, deep scratches, burn marks or excessive caulking)
  • Doors - interior (solid wood, no hollow core) and exterior (metal)
  • Flooring - hardwood (new and used) and laminate (new only)
  • Grout, mudding – new, unopened containers only
  • Hardware – handles, pulls, hinges
  • Light fixtures – no shiny brass
  • Lumber – 4 foot minimum length
  • Nails, screws – no rust, in original box/container (no jars or glass)
  • Plumbing fixtures – faucets
  • Tile – new only, full boxes
  • Tools – electric (corded or battery powered), hand (screw drivers, wrenches, hand saws, hammers, etc.) and yard (rakes, shovels, etc.)
  • Windows – unbroken only

Items NOT accepted: appliances, furniture, toilets, paint

This event is open to residents of the cities of St. Louis Park, Edina, Golden Valley and Hopkins.

If you have questions about the event, contact Emily Barker at ebarker@stlouispark.org or 952.924.2187.

Choose to Reuse

Watch for Hennepin County's Choose to Reuse coupon books, which are usually available from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31 each year. The books support local retailers that rent, repair, resell, consign and exchange used goods. You can find great deals on quality products while helping to protect the environment.

When the coupon books are available, you can pick them up at participating retail locations, Hennepin County Service Centers, Hennepin County libraries and at these city building locations:

You can also get the free coupons (when they’re available) through the Chinook Book app for Apple or Android.

For more information, visit Hennepin County’s Choose to Reuse Program or call 612.348.3777.

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.