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Recycling Events

Curbside Cleanup

photo of garbage pile ready to be pick up during the curbside cleanup

Every fall there is a bulky waste curbside cleanup event for approximately one third of the city, based on the three voting districts: East, Central, and West. Residents will receive a postcard in the mail indicating which date they are scheduled for pick-up and information about the event.

2019 pick up area

The 2019 pick-up will be for residents in the central voting district. 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 curbside cleanup date

Launch the interactive curbside cleanup date map

Map outlining when each part of the city holds its curbside cleanup day

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

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

  • Couches
  • Chairs
  • Tables

Mattresses and box springs 

Limit 6.

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. Pile cannot be bigger than 6 feet long by 6 feet wide by 3 feet high. 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

General household junk

Boxed or bagged up to 100 lbs. per item. No food waste or garbage.

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.

Special Material Drop-off Day

Guys storting junk from a van to put in special materials drop off bins

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.

The next drop-off day is Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Items accepted for free

  • Batteries (household and rechargeable batteries can be dropped at City Hall throughout the year)
    • Automotive
    • Utility
    • Household/electronics
    • Rechargeable
  • 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)
  • 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

Item Fee
Air conditioners $15 each


  • Dehumidifier
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Furnace (residential)
  • Garbage disposal
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Trash compactor
  • Washer/dryer
  • Water heater
$10 each
Carpet $10 per load. Dry and rolled with no tack strips. No rugs. No rubber backed carpet.


  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • TVs
$5 each. Other electronic items are free.
Mattresses/box springs $20 each piece

$2 per tire

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

Not accepted

  • Exercise equipment
  • Furniture
  • Garbage (unlike other cities we won't take general trash)
  • Lamps
  • Lawn furniture
  • Leaf blowers
  • Light bulbs
  • Paint
  • Railroad ties
  • Rugs
  • 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. Carpet
  3. Mattresses
  4. Electronics
  5. Oil and antifreeze
  6. Tires
  7. Batteries
  8. Appliances
  9. Scrap metal (load in your vehicle first)

Pumpkin recycling

dumpster full of pumpkins

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.


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

Date and time

November 1 to November 11, 2019, anytime

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

Contact us

Public Works Facility (Operations and Maintenance)

8300 Noble Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and directions to the Public Works Facility


Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Holiday hours

We are closed Monday, January 21 for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Phone and email

Tim Pratt
Recycling Manager
Email Tim Pratt

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