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Recycling guide

Use our interactive tool to view your recycling schedule, sign up for reminders and find out if a material can be reused, recycled, composted or disposed. You can also download our FREE Brooklyn Park HRG Recycling app for Apple and Android devices by clicking the buttons below, or by searching “Brooklyn Park HRG” on your app store.

How to recycle

Placing 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.

Cart size

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 email There is no additional charge.

Walk-up services

Residents with mobility concerns can request temporary or permanent walk-up service. There is no charge for this service.

Phone and email

Recycling Services
Email Recycling Services Staff

Recyclable items

What can be put in your recycling cart?

These items can be put in your cart loose (not in plastic bags). Never use plastic bags. Plastic bags are thrown in the trash unopened at the sorting facility.:


  • Bottles (pour out liquid and put caps back on)
  • Jugs
  • Cups
  • Containers


  • Mail
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Paper bags
  • Newspaper and ads
  • Cardboard (flatten boxes, tape together in bundles 3′ x 3′ x 6″ and place next to cart)
  • Boxes from cereal, crackers, toothpaste, medication and other toiletries
  • Shoe boxes. gift boxes
  • Take out or delivery pizza boxes (no food or grease, remove plastic items)


  • Milk cartons
  • Soup cartons
  • Juice boxes


  • Bottles and jars


  • Food and beverage cans

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
  • 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
  • Black plastic items
  • Shredded paper in closed paper bags

More information

Even though these items cannot go in your cart, some items can still be recycled.

Electronic and hazardous materials

Composting information

Oil recycling

Yard waste

Recycling schedule

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 (PDF).

Find which day of the week your recycling is collected

Launch the interactive map to find your recycling day


You can get email or texts message reminders for which week is a recycling week.

Sign up for recycling pickup reminders You can select email or text.

When is apartment recycling collected?

Apartment recycling is collected weekly. Residents must bring their recyclables to their apartment’s waste enclosure.

Holiday collection

There is no recycling collection on:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

If your regular collection day falls on or after one of these holidays, your service will be delayed by one day.

Missed collection

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., email or 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.

Recycling at events

The City of Brooklyn Park has resources you can rent for events happening across the city. This is part of an effort to promote environmentally friendly practices and provide greener options to our residents.

Learn more about event recycling in Brooklyn Park >

Recycling fees

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, including cardboard boxes.

They also take appliances, batteries, electronics, mattresses, organics, plastic bags, paint, and hazardous material.

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


Days Hours
Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Phone and email

Email Hennepin County Environmental Services

Learn how to properly recycle or dispose of many items with Hennepin County’s Green Disposal Guide.

Tech Dump
Open for electronics recycling and drop off. 

Accepts donations of reusable furniture and housewares

Maple Grove Yardwaste Site
Leaves, brush and other yard waste can be dropped off for free.

Dispose of extra trash, furnitire and other large items at Waste Management Transfer Station in Maple Grove, the Anoka Recycling Disposal Center or the SKB Transfer Station in Minneapolis