Accepted Items—Can I recycle that?

You can mix together all of the following materials in your recycling cart. All of the sorting is done by Waste Management at its material recovery facility.

Accepted Recyclables
aluminum cans Aluminum & Steel Cans
Rinse clean.
plastic bottles
clam shell plastics
Rigid Plastics, numbered 1 - 7
No film or plastic bags.
No microwavable food trays
No styrofoam

This includes, but is not limited to:

- Plastic bottles with caps

- Plastic containers with lids
 (yogurt, cottage cheese, etc)

- Plastic plates, cups, and silverware

- Plastic deli and take out containers.

Recycling number 1 through 7 must be visible on their packaging

What Do Recycling Symbols on Plastics Mean?
Grocery bag
Brown Paper Bags
pile of mail Junk Mail & Office Paper
(No envelopes that are a combination of paper & plastic.  Example: Tyvek® envelopes or mailers lined with bubble wrap)
magazines Magazines & Catalogs
Books Books & Phone Books
newspapers Newspapers
cardboard Cardboard (No pizza boxes)
(must be no larger than 2' x 2')
glass bottles Glass Bottles & Jars
Rinse clean, remove caps.
Aseptic containers Aseptic Containers
(Juice & milk cartons}
Box board Paperboard
(including paper beverage cartons)


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ALERT: Please keep needles, syringes, "sharps" out of the recycling to prevent needle stick injuries and transmission of diseases to recycling workers. Sharps are not recyclable and should NEVER be placed in the recycling.

Proper disposal of sharps: The State of Minnesota allows sharps to be disposed of in trash receptacles if they are placed in A hard plastic container with a tight sealing lid, such as a laundry detergent bottle. Containers specifically designed for sharps disposal are also available at retail or online.

Always label the disposal bottle: "SHARPS - DO NOT RECYCLE."

What about the other stuff?

Many items that aren't recycled curbside can be recycled elsewhere. Try the following for more information:

Recycle Your Textiles

Hopkins has 5 convenient USAgain drop box locations.  USAgain accepts clothes, shoes and household textiles.  Household textiles include tablecloths, towels, bedding, blankets, bedspreads, etc.  Deposit your items in tied plastic bags. You can also recycle clean, dry rags and worn and torn clothes in these drop boxes as well. Please bag these items separately from reusable items.

Hennepin County A to Z Guide

An alphabetical index of common items and how to dispose of them locally.Twin Cities Free Market logo

Free Market

The Twin Cities Free Market is a great way to get or give free reusable goods for the home, garage, and garden. Check out the Twin Cities Free Market website for more details.


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