Recycling carts are available in three sizes:
Small, 32 gallons
Medium, 64 gallons (standard size)
Large, 96 gallons
There's no price difference between the three sizes and there's no fee to switch. To get a bigger or smaller cart, a second cart or request repairs contact us.
Residents with mobility concerns can request temporary or permanent walk-up service. There is no charge for this request.
Phone and email
Email Recycling Services Staff
How to place items in your cart
We have single sort recycling, which means you don't separate items. Everything goes together in the cart! All recyclable items should be placed loosely in the cart (do not use plastic bags). If your cart is full, you can put extra recyclables in paper bags and place them next to your cart at the curb on your pick-up day.
What can be put in your recycling cart?
These items can be put in your cart:
Containers and lids (pour out liquid, rinse and put caps back on)
Magazines and catalogs
Boxes from cereal, cracker, toothpaste, medication and other toiletries
Shredded paper in closed paper bags
Food and beverage cans
Scrap metal items less than 30 pounds and shorter than 30 inches in any direction. No wire or rods.
What cannot be put in your cart?
These items cannot go in your cart:
Garbage, food waste, diapers
Plastic bags and wrap
Refrigerated or frozen food boxes and pizza boxes
Styrofoam cups, plates and packaging
Paper towels, plates, napkins and tissues
Window glass, drinking glasses, mirrors, light bulbs
Motor oil bottles and other containers that held hazardous products
Leaves, grass, brush
Wood and drywall
Needles and nails
Microwaveable food trays
Even though these items cannot go in your cart, some items can still be recycled.
Electronic and hazardous materials
Don't see your item on the list? View our Recycling Guide with information on how to deal with other items.
When is household recycling collected?
Your cart must be at the curb by 6:30 a.m. on your recycling day and will be picked up no later than 6:30 p.m. Route schedules can change due to weather, road work, mechanical repairs etc.
Recycling is collected every other week. View Recycling Week calendar
When is apartment recycling collected?
Apartment recycling is collected weekly. Residents must bring their recyclables to their apartment's waste enclosure.
There is no recycling collection on:
New Year's Day
If your regular collection day falls on or after one of these holidays, your service will be delayed by one day.
If your recycling cart was out by 6:30 a.m. on your pick-up day but was not collected by 6:30 p.m. call Recycling Services at 763-493-8006 by noon the next business day to report it was missed and schedule a pickup. Leave a message if calling after hours.
Hauler and fees
The city contracts with one company (currently Waste Management) to provide curbside recycling. The fees for recycling services are paid by property owners through their utility bill.
Where else can I take recycling?
The Hennepin County Recycling and Transfer Station, will take regular recycling and many items that cannot be put in the curbside cart. Items typically cannot be mixed.
Hennepin County Recycling and Transfer Station
8100 Jefferson Highway N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
View map and directions to Hennepin County Recycling and Transfer Station
Visit the Hennepin County Drop-off Facilities webpage
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no organics drop off)
Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays
Phone and email
Email Hennepin County Environmental Services