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Recycling Events

Special Material Drop-off Day

Recycling sorting event with materials being loaded from a vehicle

Twice a year we host a special drop-off for residents to bring in certain recyclable items that don’t go in your cart. This event is open to residents of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Crystal and New Hope and is held at the Brooklyn Park Operations and Maintenance campus at 8300 Noble Avenue North. We will only take items on the Accepted list below. We will not take general garbage.

Date and time

Saturday, April 29, 2023
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Items accepted for free

  • Batteries (bring household and rechargeable batteries to the Hennepin County Drop-Off Facility at 8100 Jefferson Highway)
    • Automotive
  • Bicycles (for reuse or scrap)
  • Cardboard boxes (flatten and remove non-paper items)
  • Electronics (see list for electronics that are accepted at a cost)
    • Cell phones
    • DVD/MP3 players
    • Printers
    • Stereos/radios
    • VCRs
    • and more
  • Used oil, oil filters and antifreeze (use the free drop-off on 83rd Ave. at other times)
  • Pallets
  • Paper for shredding (shredding will be done on site)
  • Paper
    • Catalogs
    • Magazines
    • Newspapers
    • Unwanted mail
  • Scrap metal (must remove all non-metal parts)
    • Aluminum window/door (no wood or glass)
    • BBQ grills
    • Bed frames
    • Brass
    • Lawnmowers (remove oil/gas)
    • Metal bed springs
    • Shelving
    • Steel

Items accepted at a cost

Pay by cash or check made out to “City of Brooklyn Park”

Item Fee

  • Air conditioners
  • Dehumidifier
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Furnace (residential)
  • Garbage disposal
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Trash compactor
  • Washer/dryer
  • Water heater
  • Water softener
$10 each


  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • TVs
$5 each. Other electronic items are free.
Mattresses/box springs $20 each piece
$5 for crib mattress
Tires $2 per tire

Not accepted

  • Carpet/Pads/Rugs
  • Exercise equipment
  • Furniture
  • Garbage (unlike other cities we won’t take general trash)
  • Lamps
  • Lawn furniture
  • Leaf blowers
  • Light bulbs
  • Paint
  • Railroad ties
  • Toasters
  • Trash
  • Vacuum cleaners

Packing your vehicle

We have various stations where you’ll stop to drop off material. To make it easier and quicker to unload, please pack your vehicle in the reverse order of how the stations are located. For instance scrap metal is the very last station, so put it in your vehicle first.


  1. Paper: cardboard or for shredding (load in your vehicle last)
  2. Mattresses
  3. Electronics
  4. Oil and antifreeze
  5. Tires
  6. Batteries
  7. Appliances
  8. Scrap metal (load in your vehicle first)

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 – Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Monday, Holidays Closed

Phone and email

Email Hennepin County Environmental Services

Bulky waste curbside cleanup

Every fall there is a bulky waste curbside cleanup event for approximately one third of the city. Residents will receive a postcard in the mail indicating which date they are scheduled for pick-up and information about the event.

Changes to bulky waste curbside cleanup collection

The cost of the bulky waste curbside cleanup collection program has more than doubled in the past five year. To reduce costs the City Council agreed to set limits on the amount of material collected. Minor changes include:

  • General junk and household building materials: Pile limited to ONE level truck bed (Generally 4’ x 8’ x 2’).
  • Unusable furniture: Limit TWO.
  • Mattresses or box springs: Limit TWO.
  • Appliances: Limit TWO

Items exceeding limits will be left behind by the hauler. Residents will need to arrange and pay for separate disposal.

2023 cleanup area

The 2023 cleanup will be for residents in the following neighborhoods:

  • Brookdale Park (east of Xerxes)
  • Edinburgh
  • Eidem
  • Monroe
  • Norwood
  • Palmer Lake
  • Pinebrook
  • River North
  • River Park
  • River View
  • Willowstone

Use the interactive map to find your date. If you live in a different district find options on how to get rid of your stuff:

Hennepin County’s Green Disposal Guide

Find your bulky waste curbside cleanup date

Launch the interactive bulky waste curbside cleanup date map

Cubside cleanup zones map

How it works

No need to make an appointment. Trucks will go down your street automatically. However, they’ll only go through your area once—no return trips.

Set your items out before 7 a.m. on collection day, but not more than two days before the pick-up day. Place appliances on one side of your driveway and bulky household waste on the other. Small items should be boxed or bagged. Do not place items in your garbage or recycling containers. Drain all fluids from items.

Acceptable items

Residential waste only; no contractor or business related materials.


Limit 2. Empty appliances and tie/tape appliance doors shut and place on opposite side of driveway of other waste. No ammonia-gas camper appliances. Examples include:

  • Air conditioners
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Dyers
  • Microwaves
  • Refrigerators
  • Stoves
  • Washers
  • Water heaters

Old/unusable furniture

Limit 2. Tie and secure hide-a-way beds individually so they cannot open during handling. Example include:

  • Couches
  • Chairs
  • Tables

Mattresses and box springs

Limit 2.

General household junk

Pile limited to ONE level truck bed (Generally 4’ x 8’ x 2’). These items include:

  • Carpet and carpet pads
    • It must be rolled and securely tied. No bigger than 5 feet long and 1 foot in diameter.
  • Construction materials
    • No concrete. Stack lumber and remove or bend nails flat. Example include:
      • Drywall
      • Tile
      • Shingles
      • Toilets
      • Lumber
      • Other similar materials left over from your home remodeling project
  • Scrap metal
    • Drain all fluid. Examples include:
      • Lawn mowers
      • Grills
      • Bicycles
      • Similar items

Not accepted items

  • Batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Computers
  • Light Bulbs
  • Paint
  • Propane tanks
  • Tires
  • TVs

These items can be recycled at the Hennepin County Drop-off Facility. There is a fee for some items.

Pumpkin recycling

Give your pumpkins a second life!

If you don’t have a backyard compost bin, use the free drop off container in Central Park. Residents of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Crystal and New Hope can drop off pumpkins. Please remove all candles, candle wax and decorations before disposal.

Pumpkins will be made into compost that will be used to make soil and landscapes healthy.

Date and time

November 1 to November 6, 2023


Central Park across the street from Brooklyn Park’s Operations and Maintenance facility, 8300 Noble Ave N.