Minnesotans are among the best recyclers in the country, and our region strongly believes in recycling. But there are still people who don’t recycle. RethinkRecycling.com has an updated, downloadable and easy-to-use guide to help pros and novices recycle more at home, at work or on the go. Download the Know What to Throw Guide and recycle with confidence!
Using the Guide
Share the Know What to Throw Guide with friends and family living in the Twin Cities to keep everyone up to date with what can be recycled in home collection programs. Use the guide in conjunction with free downloadable signs at your office or business to make recycling even easier for your coworkers and customers. You can even make your own signs with items more specific to your workplace!
Recycling at Home
Do you know what can go in your home recycling bin or cart? You can recycle more than you think! For example, a lot of the food in your home comes in recyclable containers. Be sure to recycle them!
What is Recyclable?
You can recycle water, soda and juice bottles. Empty the containers and give them a good rinse. Milk and juice jugs, ketchup and salad dressing bottles, and even yogurt and pudding cups can all be recycled. Just leave caps and lids on plastics.
Paper and Cardboard
Glass and Metal
What Can’t be Recycled Curbside?
Some items can’t be recycled at home, but they are accepted by other programs. Plastic bags are recyclable, but not in your home bins since they can get tangled in the machinery at recycling facilities. They can be recycled at many retail stores or It’s in the Bag drop-off locations. You can also check Plasticfilmrecyling.org for other drop-off location options.
The following paper items should also be kept out of your curbside bins: paper plates and cups, paper soiled with food, napkins, and gift wrap. However, it’s worth seeing if you can compost items that had food on them.
Glass items, like drinking glasses, ceramic dishes, vases, windows, and mirrors can’t be recycled. Try to reuse or donate these things to keep them out of the waste stream.
Alternatives for Hazardous Waste
Many items in your home are considered household hazardous waste. They can’t be placed in your home recycling or garbage bin and should be disposed of at other locations.
Check with your county’s drop-off facility to see if they accept cans or jars that contained hazardous products like motor oil, paint, paint thinner, automotive fluids, or aerosol cans. Light bulbs can’t be recycled in home recycling programs, but fluorescent bulbs can be brought to drop-off locations.
Resources for Better Recycling
Rethink Recycling offers a variety of resources to help you recycle at home, work and wherever else you go. The Know What to Throw Guide provides an easy snapshot of what can be recycled in your home recycling program. The materials pages in the resident recycling guide are newly updated and aim to help you manage many items in your home. There are resources for all sorts of materials including batteries, electronics and propane tanks. Check with your city recycling coordinator if you have any questions.