On average, each person in the Twin Cities area throws away six pounds of garbage a day. That's enough to fill Target Field more than 25 times each year. Find out how to make less trash and recycle all you can.
Recycling markets are changing
With some countries no longer taking our recyclable materials, U.S. recyclers can be selective about the quality of recyclables they buy. Now more than ever, it's important to keep contaminants out of the recycling bin.
Your recycling will be recycled — state law prohibits materials separated and collected for recycling from being trashed — but the recycling industry needs our help. To make sure we're putting recyclables where they should go, refer to the Recycling & Trash page.
Some haulers are already increasing fees to residential customers for contamination.
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Reduce and reuse
Learn how, what and where to donate and how to shop used. Find out about free Fix-It Clinics to repair household items.
Recycling and trash basics
Discover what you can and can't recycle at home.
Find out how to prevent wasted food and compost food scraps and yard waste.
Household hazardous waste
Understand what you can do to reduce chemicals in your home and where to take them for safe disposal.