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Solid Waste & Recycling

309 2nd Ave S., Room 210
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2281

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Residential Recycling - Containers  Cardboard Can - header

Container Recycling

All aluminum, tin, steel, cartons, glass, and plastic food, beverage, and other containers should be rinsed and placed in the one-sort recycling cart.  Labels and lids may be left on containers.  See below for additional information on each material type.   

 

Aluminum, Tin & Steel

Residential Recycling - Cans

One-Sort Cart - SM

RECYCLE: Cans, bottles, foil (95% food free), pie tins (95% food free), lids to containers that are 3 inches in diameter or larger, etc.  
 

Do Not SymbolDO NOT RECYCLE: Products that once contained hazardous materials such as paints, paint thinner, 
             automotive fluids, or aerosol cans. Bottle caps are too small to make it to a magnet and will end up as
             as trash and should be placed in the garbage.  Food-soiled aluminum trays, foil, and tins and the foil seal on yogurt
             containers should also be placed in the garbage.   

 

Cartons
One-Sort Cart - SM

Residential Recycling - CartonsRECYCLE: Milk cartons, juice boxes, soup, broth and wine cartons, etc.  Rinse and leave lids on the containers.  Please remove plastic bags from inside wine box and place the plastic bag in the garbage. 
 

Do Not SymbolDO NOT RECYCLE: Foil juice pouches, plastic lined coffee cups, paper ice cream tubs, and paper or expanded polystyrene foam (StyrofoamTM) egg cartons. 


Glass
One-Sort Cart - SM

Residential Recycling - GlassRECYCLE: Pasta sauce, pickle, salsa, and mason jars; beer, wine, salad dressing, vegetable and/or olive oil bottles, etc. 

 Do Not SymbolDO NOT RECYCLE: Glass that does not contain a product when purchased that may
              contain strengthening additives or chemicals.  If you cannot donate these items, place them in the garbage.  
              
                 Examples include:

Plastics

One-Sort Cart - SMResidential Recycling - PlasticRECYCLE: All food, beverage and other plastics (except StyrofoamTM and compostable plastics).  Rinse and leave caps and lids on the containers.  Pumps from hand soaps and other products should be placed in the garbage.  Recyclable items include: water or soda bottles; milk jugs; butter, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese tubs; ice cream pails; empty pill bottles (remove patient's information before placing in cart); salad dressing, condiment, shampoo, body wash, lotion, laundry detergent, vegetable or olive oil bottles;  clear packaging from toys, electronics and tools (pull paper out for recycling); clamshell fruit, vegetable, deli and take-out containers; disposable cups; and kitty litter pails; etc.

Do Not SymbolDO NOT RECYCLE: Plastic bags and film, styrofoamTM or other expanded polystyrene foam, plastic silverware, compostable plastics, holiday string lights, window blinds, garden hoses, and plastic containers that once held hazardous material such as: motor oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, etc. 

Cardboard Cans

One-Sort Cart - SMRECYCLE: Cardboard cans typically have a steel bottom, a cardboard wall, and either a plastic or metal lid.  Please empty contents and tear paper off of metal prior to placing it in your one-sort cart.  These cans are now recyclable in Minneapolis' One-Sort Recycling program. 

Examples of cardboard cans include:Cardboard Can - body

 Do Not SymbolDO NOT RECYCLE: Automotive grease or wax containers.

Solid Waste & Recycling's What To Do List contains information on the following food, beverage and other containers:

Aluminum foil, pie tins, trays; aluminum cans; beverage cans; beverage glass; bottles; butter tubs; cans; cups; cartons; drink boxes; glass: food and beverage bottles; garden pots, plastic trays; ice cream buckets; medication bottles (empty); milk cartons; peanut butter tubs; pie tins; pill bottles; plastic garden pots, trays; plastic tubs, trays; pop cans; prescription bottles - empty; soda cans; steel cans; and yogurt tubs.

           do not put in one-sort cart

 

If you have questions regarding the recyclability of items not listed on the What To Do List, call Solid Waste & Recycling at (612) 673-2917.

Last updated Oct 20, 2016