Recyclable Materials

Accepted Items


  • All junk mail and envelopes
  • Aluminum, steel, and tin cans
  • Brown paper sacks/bags
  • Cardboard (broken-down boxes)
  • Cereal and cracker-type boxes
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Juice boxes and other paper cartons
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Newspaper and newspaper inserts
  • Office and school paper (all colors)
  • Phone books
  • Plastic food containers, tubs and bowls
  • Plastic milk jugs and paper milk cartons
  • Plastics Number 1 - 7
  • Yogurt cups and margarine/whip cream tubs

Items Not Accepted


  • Aerosol cans, propane tanks or helium tanks
  • Aluminum foil
  • Batteries
  • Egg cartons
  • Food waste
  • Food-tainted items (e.g. paper plates)
  • Garbage
  • Ice cream cartons
  • Paper towels or napkins
  • Pizza boxes
  • Plastic retail bags
  • Styrofoam cups, plates or packaging
  • Wax-coated cartons
  • Shredded paper (may be included in Organics i.e., does not contain rubber bands, paper clips or staples)

Hazardous Materials


If you have questions about disposing of problem waste such as paint, propane gas tanks, or florescent light bulbs, view the Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide.