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Solid Waste & Recycling

2635 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

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What To Do List - O

This alphabetical list helps you determine the best way to dispose of everyday things. Click an item for instructions on how to dispose, recycle, or drop off your items. Click on the icon for more information.

If the item you are looking for is not listed, please call us at 612-673-2917 or email us at [email protected] and we will let you know how to dispose of the item(s) and will add them to the What To Do List.

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Office Paper
Oil: containers empty - See Bottles
Oil and Oil Filters - Motor
Oil: Cooking
Organ, Pianos
Oven Cleaner

ItemWhat to doHandle AsDonate

Office Paper

See Paper Recycling.

Go To Recycle Page


Oil and Oil Filters - Motor

By State law, a person cannot place brake fluid, motor oil, oil filters, power steering fluid, or transmission fluid in the garbage, on the land, in water, down a sewer, or in the storm drain. These items are NOT collected by Solid Waste & Recycling or accepted at the South Transfer Station. Disposal with garbage is prohibited.  Hennepin County's HHW and Recycling Drop-Off Facilities will accept motor oil and oil filters from residents at no charge.

Some automotive service stations accept automotive fluids and oil filters, usually for a fee.

Empty motor oil containers may be placed in your household garbage.  These containers are not recyclable.

Go To Hazardous Waste Page


Go To Garbage Page


Oil: Cooking

Bag securely and place small amounts (up to one (1) gallon per week) inside the garbage cart. Cooking oil or cooking grease should not be poured down a drain.

Go To Garbage Page


Organ, Pianos Electronic Organs, Pianos, Keyboards

Item accepted at South Transfer Station with a voucher. Vouchers are available to customers of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling, see Voucher Program for details.

Check the Yellow Pages under "Pianos-Tuning, Repairing and Refinishing" for resale.




This item collected on recycling week only. Limit of 2 large items per recycling week. Place next to the garbage cart on the recycling day. Please post a sign or write on the item "For Solid Waste". Item will be picked up on next business day after recycling day.

Large Item


Oven Cleaner

Do NOT place in the garbage cart. This item NOT collected by Solid Waste & Recycling or accepted at the South Transfer Station. Disposal with garbage is prohibited.

Items marked Caution, Caustic, Corrosive, Danger, Flammable, Poison, Volatile, or Warning should be considered a hazardous waste product and proper disposal is required. Do NOT place in garbage. Go to Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide for additional information.

Go To Hazardous Waste Page



Last updated Dec 5, 2017



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