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Recycling at home

Recycling at HomeMost recycling haulers have started accepting additional materials in curbside recycling programs. Materials being added include paper cartons and more types of plastics.

Call your hauler for detailed information on what is accepted.

LicensedResidentialRecyclingHaulers.pdfLicensed Residential Recycling Haulers by City
ResidentialRecyclingItemsAccepted.pdfHauler Items Accepted

The list below is your guide to what types of materials are collected by recycling haulers in Dakota County or for a more detailed list, see the Recycling at Your Curb Guide. If you don't see your item on the list, you can look for recycling options in the Green Guide.

Accepted

  • Metal food and beverage containers
  • Glass food and beverage bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (soda, milk, water, shampoo, laundry soap, etc.).
  • Mail, office and school papers
  • NEW! Milk cartons, juice boxes, soup and broth cartons
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Phone books
  • Shredded paper in closed paper bags
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cereal boxes, cracker boxes, pasta boxes, cake mix boxes
  • Shoe boxes, gift boxes and electronics boxes
  • Boxes from toothpaste, medications and other toiletries

Preparation: Rinse containers. It’s okay to leave plastic caps and lids on. Remove lids on glass and metal bottles and jars.

Not Accepted

  • Paper soiled with food
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Paper napkins or towels
  • Gift wrap
  • Plastic wrap
  • Styrofoam cups, plates and packaging
  • Motor oil bottles and other containers that held hazardous products
  • Drinking glasses, dishes, and vases
  • Window glass or mirrors


Maybe Accepted
Not all recycling haulers accept items in the list below. Contact your recycling hauler for detailed acceptance information.

  • Pizza boxes
  • Plastic cups and  tubs, produce and deli containers
  • Plastic bags (retail bags)
  • Refrigerated or frozen food boxes
  • Scrap metal and aluminum foil
  • Empty paint cans and aerosol cans


Recycling in Apartments, Condos or Townhomes
Most multi-family residential properties have a recycling program provided by the building’s waste hauler. If this is the case, ask your manager for instructions on the recycling program. If your residence management does not provide on-site recycling, write a letter to them asking for this service to be provided for residents. For more information, call your city’s recycling coordinator.

Last updated: 3/4/2014 9:16 AM