Accepted Items—Can I recycle that? Yes!

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.)


  • pile of mailMail, office and school papers
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Box boardPhone books


  • cardboardCardboard (2’x2’ or smaller)
  • Cereal and cracker boxes
  • Shoe boxes, gift boxes and electronics boxes
  • Toothpaste, medication and other toiletry boxes


Bottles & jugs:

(caps should be left on)

  • plastic bottlesWater, soda and juice bottles
  • Milk and juice jugs
  • Ketchup and salad dressing bottles
  • Dishwashing liquid bottles and detergent jugs
  • Shampoo, soap and lotion bottles

clam shell plasticsCups and containers:

  • Yogurt, pudding and fruit cups
  • Margarine, cottage cheese, and other containers
  • Produce, deli and take out containers


  • Clear packaging from toys and electronics
  • NO film plastic (i.e. bags) or Styrofoam

Recycling number 1 through 7 must be visible on the packaging.

aluminum cansMETAL

  • Food and beverage cans

Aseptic containersCARTONS

  • Milk cartons
  • Juice boxes
  • Soup, broth and wine cartons

glass bottlesGLASS

  • Food and beverage bottles and jars

Do not place plastic bags or garbage in your recycling cart.


  • Solid Waste Coordinator


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 several 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 "Green Disposal" Guide

An alphabetical index of common items and how to dispose of them locally.

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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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