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About Recycling Collection

updated: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Recycling is collected every-other-week on your regular collection day. Find your collection day and set out your recycling by 7 a.m. to ensure collection. Please do not set your cart in the street, alley, or sidewalk. If you believe your recycling was missed, please call Waste Management at 763.783.5423.

You have options to increase or decrease the size of your recycling cart or request an additional recycling cart. Recycling carts come in 30, 60 and 90-gallon sizes. Residents interested in changing the size of their current recycling cart, or adding an additional cart should call Utility Billing at 952.924.2111 or fill out the online recycling cart selection form.

There is no additional cost for recycling collection – it is included in your standard garbage collection rate.  Please note that you may only change your recycling service level once per calendar year, for free.  Additional service level changes will result in a fee.

The following links provide more information about recycling collection:

Public Works
Municipal Service Center | 7305 Oxford St. | St. Louis Park, MN 55426
P: 952.924.2562 |


Cleanup Day

St. Louis Park Spring Cleanup Day
Saturday, June 10, 2017
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Municipal Service Center
7305 Oxford St., St. Louis Park

Cash or checks only. See fee information below. For your safety, we ask that you do not walk or bike in with your materials for drop-off.

  • Fee questions: call Waste Management at 763.783.5423
  • General event questions: call Public Works at 952.924.2562
  • This annual event is for St. Louis Park residents only, personal identification will be required. No business waste accepted.

Items collected for a charge:
Charged by item

  • Box/Tube TV's* and CRT Monitors* ≤25 inches $40, ≥26 inches $60 (Note: Hennepin County drop-off facilities charge $10 per TV/Monitor; limit five per year).
  • Tires* $6 (on rim $8)
  • Mattresses and box springs (any size) $20
  • Appliances* and microwaves $15
  • Stuffed chairs, sofas, sectionals $15 - $40

Items without individual fees are charged by volume ($12-$36)

  • Large trash items - Broken/unusable items including: chairs, tables, lawn/patio furniture, toys, storage containers. Smaller trash items should be placed in your curbside garbage cart.
  • Remodeling debris, scrap wood

Items collected for free:

  • Bicycles in any condition.
  • Holiday lights and extension cords.
  • Desktop towers,* laptops,* notebooks,* flat panel monitors,* printers, keyboards.
  • Flatscreen TVs,* VCR/DVD players, stereos.
  • Mobile devices - Cell phones, tablets,* MP3 players, cords and chargers.
  • Scrap metal – Grills, steel shelving, bed frames, gutters, etc. Lawn mowers and snow blowers must be drained of all fluids.
  • Paper for shredding – Limit five grocery-sized bags per vehicle. Shredded paper will be recycled.
  • Fluorescent bulbs* – Limit 10 bulbs per vehicle (including compact fluorescent lights, U-tube and circular fluorescent tubes, bug zappers, black lights, germicidal bulbs, high output bulbs and cold-cathode fluorescent bulbs). Must be intact/unbroken for proper disposal.
  • Textiles – Clean and dry items only. All clothing (usable, torn, stained) including coats, shoes, linens, towels, fabric scraps.
  • Household goods for reuse - Dishes, cookware, small countertop appliances, collectables, toys and small furniture (end tables, coffee tables, shelves, pictures, lamps). All items must be in good working condition.

*These items are illegal to throw in the garbage. For proper disposal of these items, as well as items not accepted at this event (see below), visit or call 612.348.3777.

Not Accepted:
DO NOT bring business waste, tree debris, yard waste, garbage, recyclables, batteries, paint, hazardous waste or concrete.

Household hazardous waste should be brought to Hennepin County’s event at the St. Louis Park Middle School, June 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please visit or call 612.348.3777 for more information.

Can't make the event? Many items accepted at the Cleanup events are accepted year-round at other locations in the metro area. Visit the Hennepin County Green Disposal Guide for information.


  • Wait times - Reduce your wait time and vehicle load fees by coordinating with your neighbors or friends to load up one vehicle to deliver items to the fall cleanup.
  • Safety - For your safety, we ask that you do not walk or bike in with your materials for drop-off.
  • Donations and reuse - More donation opportunities are outlined in this helpful donation opportunities brochure.

The city holds two cleanup day events each year in June and September. The next event will be Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Educational Tags - Recycling

updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The city requires Waste Management to leave educational tags on recycling carts for improperly prepared recycling.

Improperly prepared recycling includes:

  • Extra recyclables not set out in the cart, a paper bag, box, or separate reusable container.
  • Cardboard boxes that are too large (must be flattened and no larger than 3 foot by 3 foot pieces) or placed loose next to cart (extra cardboard that cannot fit into your recycling cart must by bundled with tape or twine.
  • Scrap metal inside the cart (this must be placed in a separate container next to the cart and be less than 2 foot by 2 foot).
  • Unacceptable items like garbage, foam packaging, and plastic bags/film which must go into your garbage cart.
  • Unacceptable items like yard waste which must be separated for yard waste collection.
  • Unacceptable items like food scraps which must be separated for organics recycling (if your household participates) or garbage.
  • Unacceptable items like electronics and household hazardous waste which must be separated and delivered to special collection facilities or events.
  • Improper cart placement in the street, on the sidewalk, on a snowbank, or in the alleyway.

Contact Waste Management at 763.783.5423 or if you receive a tag and have questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Recycling

updated: Monday, March 20, 2017

Yes you can switch to a smaller cart smaller cart by filling out the online Recycling Cart Selection Form or by calling Utility Billing at 952.924.2111. Before downsizing, remember that collection is every-other-week and additional bulky plastics will be collected and will need to fit inside your cart. Also, you are allowed one cart change per 12 month...

Get Caught Recycling

updated: Monday, April 03, 2017

The Get Caught Recycling Program began in December 2003 and rewards residents who properly recycle. Each month, the Solid Waste Field Inspector randomly selects two addresses that have their recycling cart set out for collection, with recyclable material in the cart. The winners receive a one-time $50 credit on their utility bill (if in good standing...

Hennepin County Offers Grants to Businesses to Increase Recycling

These grants can help with the purchase of containers, equipment purchase and installation, hauling service charges and minor improvements to loading docks and waste enclosures. Having a strong recycling program conserves natural resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, can help a business’s bottom line and demonstrates their commitment...

Recycling for Small Businesses & Multi-family Properties

updated: Friday, February 17, 2017

Small businesses and multi-family residential (up to 8 units) are allowed to participate in any of the city’s single-family residential solid waste collection programs including recycling, organics recycling, and garbage. A business may choose to join one or more of the single-family residential programs as long as the following criteria are...

Recycling Recovery Rate Study

updated: Monday, January 30, 2017

In May 2009, waste sorts were conducted in two suburban communities in Hennepin County – St. Louis Park and Minnetonka. Each sort was one week long, with the primary objective of determining the recycling recovery rate of materials in curbside recycling programs and assessing the potential to increase it.

The recycling recovery rate is the ratio of the amount of material recycled by the resident to the total recyclable material in both the waste cart and the recycling bin.

St. Louis Park Conclusions

  1. Of the recyclables set out by residents, 64.8 percent were paper, 32.4 percent were containers, and 2.7 percent were combined trash/organics. Household batteries, consumer electronics and HHW/problem materials accounted for less than 0.1 percent as did clothes/linens.
  2. The most predominant materials in the curbside recyclables were newspapers/inserts (29.3 percent) and glass bottles/jars (23.5 percent).
  3. Of the waste cart contents, 10.3 percent were recyclable papers and 4.6 percent were containers.
  4. Of the recyclables remaining in the waste carts, those that were found in the largest amounts included:
    • Newspapers/Inserts – 2.4 percent
    • Glass Bottles/Jars – 2.1 percent
    • Office Paper/Mail – 1.8 percent
  5. Comparing the recyclables from the curbside program with the recyclables found in the waste carts, five categories have a recycling recovery rate of 75 percent or greater including:
    • Newspapers/Inserts – 89.8 percent
    • Glass Bottles/Jars – 89.1 percent
    • Phone Books – 79.6 percent
    • Corrugated Cardboard – 79.2 percent
    • Magazines/Catalogs – 78.5 percent
  6. Organics (food waste, non‚Äźrecyclable paper, and yard waste) accounted for 42 percent of the contents of the waste carts.

Additional information can be found in the Hennepin County Suburban Recycling Recovery Rate Study.

Recycling to be Required in Commercial Buildings Starting in 2016

updated: Monday, April 03, 2017

Residents might notice more recycling options in buildings away from home this year. In 2014, the Minnesota Legislature expanded recycling requirements to include commercial buildings. Effective January 1, 2016, owners with commercial buildings in the seven-county metro area - that also generate four cubic yards or more of trash per week - must...

Simple Recycling

updated: Monday, April 17, 2017

Clothing, Shoes and Small Home Goods Recycling
The City of St. Louis Park has partnered with Simple Recycling to provide convenient, curbside collection of unwanted clothing, shoes, and small home goods on residents' regularly scheduled recycling day. Collection of clothing and other textiles was offered by a previous contractor, but the service had been unavailable for over three years.

This new curbside recycling opportunity is free and completely voluntary for residents who receive city recycling collection services.

How does it work?

  1. Make sure you’ve received the specialized, orange Simple Recycling collection bags via U.S. mail. They should arrive prior to the program start date of February 13, 2017. If not, see information below about where to request or pick up bags.
  2. Place clothing, shoes and home goods inside the bag and tie shut. All items must be in the orange bags for collection.
  3. Set the orange bag at your front curb by 7 a.m. on your recycling collection day. When collected, additional replacement bags will be left for you.

What’s accepted?
All types of clean and dry clothing, shoes, accessories, and small home goods in good working condition. Items must be placed in an orange bag for collection. A detailed list is provided below.

  • Men's, women's and children's clothing
  • Coats, jackets and hats
  • Jewelry, shoes and purses
  • Blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags
  • Curtains, drapes and tablecloths
  • Toys and backpacks
  • Pictures, picture frames and mirrors
  • Irons, toasters, hairdryers
  • Tools
  • Silverware, dishes, pots and pans

Where can I get more bags?
Additional bags can be requested from Simple Recycling by phone, email or online. See their contact information at the bottom of the webpage.
Residents may also pick up bags at the following city buildings:

  • City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd. (1st and 3rd floor service desks)
  • The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive
  • Municipal Service Center, 7305 Oxford St.

Click here for business hours at these locations.

Can I put the bag in my recycling cart?
No, bags should never go in your recycling cart. The orange collection bags should be set at your front curb (even if you have alley collection for garbage and recycling) on your regularly scheduled recycling day.

What happens to it?
All of the materials are graded and sorted regionally based on quality and condition. The top quality materials will be resold to regional thrift outlets, mid grade is exported to international markets and “unusable” items are processed for raw materials that are recycled as carpeting, insulation or sorbent material for spills.

Will I receive a donation receipt?
No, Simple Recycling is not a nonprofit organization. The city encourages residents to donate items to a local charities if they choose to, where they can receive a tax receipt.

Questions? Need more orange bags? Think your collection was missed?
Call 866.835.5068

Single-Sort Recycling

updated: Monday, April 17, 2017

The City of St. Louis Park has partnered with Simple Recycling to provide collection of unwanted clothing, shoes, and small home goods on residents regularly scheduled recycling day. All materials are collected in specialized, orange Simple Recycling collection bags and are collected at the front curb only. Orange bags are expected to be sent to eligible...

Single-Sort Recycling Acceptable Materials

updated: Monday, March 20, 2017

Please place recyclable materials into the recycling cart and make sure the lid closes. If you have extra recyclables that cannot fit into your cart, place them in a brown paper bag, cardboard box, or your old recycling bin next to your cart. If your item is not listed below, check out Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide for additional recycling...

Walkup Service for Recycling

updated: Monday, May 15, 2017

Walkup service is an optional service where the driver collects your recycling at a location on your property other than at the curb or alley. Residents can sign up for this extra service by calling Waste Management at 763.783.5423. The following are the fees for recycling walk-up service:

  • 2016 - $4.50 per month plus taxes and fees
  • 2017 - $4.50 per month plus taxes and fees
  • 2018 - $5 per month plus taxes and fees

Walkup service for recycling will be billed directly to the customer by Waste Management on an annual basis.

Waste Management

updated: Monday, May 15, 2017

The city provides residential garbage and recycling collection through a contract with Waste Management.

Garbage Truck

Garbage and Recycling Contact Information:


Holiday Lights Recycling - Ends March 1

updated: Monday, March 13, 2017

For several years, the City of St. Louis Park collected holiday lights for recycling. Due to changes with the partnering organization, the city has discontinued the regular collection of lights.

Holiday Lights Recycling - Ended March 1, 2017
St. Louis Park will accept holiday lights at the spring cleanup in June, and again at the fall cleanup in September. Residents can recycle strands of lights year-round by taking them to Express Metals, 8094 Excelsior Blvd., Hopkins, MN 55343 or to one of the locations found on the Hennepin County Green Disposal Guide.

Note: Never put holiday lights in your curbside recycling cart; they cause significant problems at the sorting facility.

More Links

Municipal Service Center
7305 Oxford Street
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: 952.924.2562 Email: