Are you only recycling the basics? It's a great start, but you can recycle more than you think!

This residential recycling guide helps residents learn how to reduce waste, recycling more, compost, and safely dispose of hazardous items. It's time to Rethink Recycling!

Materials by Name

Are you looking to get rid of stuff? From appliances to electronics, paints to plastics, medicines to textiles, find reuse, recycling and disposal information for these and many other household items.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Sites

Some trash is trouble for the garbage. Dispose of items safely at one of the many conveniently located county household hazardous waste collection sites.

Reduce

Did you know the average person in the Twin Cities throws away 6 pounds of garbage a day? That's enough to fill Target Field over 25 times each year!

Reuse

What does it mean to reuse? It is purchasing items that can be used over and over again, like cloth napkins instead of paper ones.

Recycle

Annually, Minnesota recycles over two million tons of waste, the second best rate in the country. Twenty-one percent of our garbage is recyclable paper, and many people in the state still don’t recycle at all.

Backyard Composting

Information about the benefits of composting and how you can start in your own backyard or kitchen.

Landfills & Transfer Stations

A list of landfills and transfer stations in the metro area and some of the materials they accept.

Resources

Your city and county of residence, as well as the State and local organizations, can assist you in starting or improving recycling at home!  

Bottles & Cans Recycling

It takes 95 percent less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Making recycled steel results in a 60 percent energy savings, making recycled plastic results in a 70 percent energy savings, and making recycled glass results in a 40 percent energy savings.