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Batteries no longer accepted

SWR - no batteriesSolid Waste & Recycling no longer collects batteries placed on top of recycling carts. Due to the potential for fires, rechargeable batteries are prohibited from all City of Minneapolis garbage and recycling carts. Alkaline batteries (single use AA, AAA, etc.) may be placed in your garbage cart.

Bring rechargeable batteries to Hennepin County's drop-off facilities in Bloomington or Brooklyn Park or to a retail drop-off location that accepts batteries. Find retail locations at For devices that have difficult to remove batteries, such as vaping devices, cellphones and digital watches, bring the whole device to a drop-off location.

To prevent fire, individually tape each lithium and other rechargeable battery in a clear plastic bag or place clear tape on the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals. Learn more about getting rid of batteries at

Recycling Service 

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How to Prepare Your Recycling

See Acceptable Recyclables for a detailed list of what all can be placed in your blue recycling cart. 

Home Container Labels

Waste Station LabelsLabel containers in your home so family, friends and guests know how to properly sort their waste. Stickers are available for Solid Waste & Recycling customers to label your interior recycling, organics recycling, and trash containers located throughout your house. To order stickers to help improve your home collection system, contact our officeIf you are not a Solid Waste & Recycling customer, you may request labels, guides and more from Hennepin County.


Educational Tag

Our crews cannot pick up your recycling if there is a problem with it. Unacceptable recycling will be marked with a recycling educational tag. If you find a tag, please read it over to understand what the issue with the recycling is, correct the problem, and place your recycling out on your next recycling day. 

Some reasons why your recycling may not be picked up include:

If your recycling cart was removed for contamination, call our office in three months and it will be returned to you at no charge. Collection crews will pick up properly prepared recyclables set out in paper bags or cardboard boxes on your recycling day. There will be a $15 fee to have your cart returned before the three month holding period. To have your cart returned, fill out our Add, Remove, Return or Exchange Cart Form and email or fax it to our office.

Collection Time

Your recycling will be picked up at any time starting at 6 a.m. on your collection day. You may notice your recycling is collected at about the same time every other week. Please understand that changes in weather conditions, crew assignments and equipment problems can change your pickup to earlier or later in the day. Please make sure your recycling is always out by 6 a.m. on your collection day.

Missed Recycling

If you do not find an educational tag and you believe your recycling was missed, please wait until after 3:30 p.m. on the day of pickup before calling our office. Sorry, but we will not return for recycling if your cart was not out on time.

Extra Recycling

Your recycling should fit in your One-Sort recycling cart. If you consistently have more recycling than can fit in your cart, contact Solid Waste & Recycling to request a larger or an additional recycling cart. There is no charge for additional recycling carts. 

Holiday Schedule

When your collection day falls on or after a holiday, recycling collection will be one day later than normal. See the Holiday Schedule for more information.

Report Misuse of Recycling Service

Recycling collection is a special service to our paying customers only. Taking or using another resident's collection point or cart is illegal. City Ordinance 225.10 states in part: "No person shall leave, throw, or deposit, or use or permit any other person to leave, place, throw, or deposit, any substances or materials of any kind at a city solid waste collection point for city disposal when the substances or materials were generated at a location other than the residence."

If you have any additional questions, please contact our office.

Last updated May 1, 2020



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