Recyclable Materials

  1. Shredded Paper No Longer Accepted in Organics; Put in Trash

    Composting facilities will no longer accept shredded paper, so people should bag it and place it in their trash, not in recycling or organics bins. Read on...
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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 Numbers 1, 2 and 5
  • 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  (must be put in trash)

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.