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Where Does It Go?


Mixed municipal solid waste collected by the City of Hopkins is delivered to either of the following facilities:

  • Hennepin Energy Resource Company
    505 6th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55405
    Mass burn waste-to-energy
  • NRG Elk River (NSP) Resource Recovery
    10700 165th Ave NW, Elk River, MN 55330
    Refuse-derived fuel waste-to-energy

Bulk Items

Items collected through our twice-yearly bulk item drop-off and weekly bulk item collection are delivered to:

  • Dem Con Landfill, Inc.
    331 Akers Lane, Jordan, MN 55352
    Construction demolition landfill


Curbside recycling materials are processed at the Waste Management Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located at 1800 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis.

For a look at how this process works, watch the video embedded below.

For another, more in-depth look at the general process, watch this Waste Management video from a facility in Wisconsin that uses a similar process.

Waste Collected By Hennepin County

On an annual basis, around 100,000 residents drop off waste items at
Hennepin County’s drop-off facilities and collection events. Waste is
then managed by the county in the most environmentally-protective,
cost-effective method. While initially processed in the United States,
some materials, such as metal and paper, are eventually sold in
international commodities markets.

Why is this important?

Household hazardous wastes and problem materials can harm human
health and the environment if they are not properly treated, stored,
transported and disposed. By collecting and managing hazardous
materials, the county avoids the environmental and health issues
associated with them.

Examples of the potential hazards we avoid:

  • Mercury
    A potent nervous system toxin which also affects reproduction and development. Developing fetuses and young children are especially at risk from mercury exposure. Mercury vapor is easily absorbed in the lungs and is toxic at low concentrations in air. Both long-term (chronic) and shortterm (acute) exposure to mercury vapors are health threats. Because mercury does not degrade, it accumulates in the environment, reaching dangerous levels in fish, which result in
    fish consumption advisories.
  • Motor Oil
    One gallon of improperly disposed motor oil can contaminate 1 million gallons of fresh water.
  • Lead
    Lead enters the body when you inhale lead fumes or lead dust, or swallow something that contains lead. Your body does not have a use for lead. If you are exposed to a small amount, your body will discharge it. If you are exposed to small amounts over time or one large dose, your body may take in more than it can eliminate. Lead poisoning is a disease that occurs when too much lead builds up in the body. Lead, one of the top 25 toxic chemical pollutants in Minnesota, is also found in most fishing jigs and sinkers. This metal has an adverse effect on the nervous and reproductive systems of mammals and birds, and is poisoning wildlife such as loons and


  • Solid Waste Coordinator


Recycling Is Good For Minnesota!

Did you know? Recycling...

  • employs 36,000 Minnesotans statewide.
  • pays $2 billion in wages.
  • puts $8.5 billion of economic activity into Minnesota.