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 recycle more, compost, reduce waste, and safely dispose of hazardous items. It's time to Rethink Recycling!

Know What to Throw

You can recycle more than you think! Use this list as your guide for recycling at home in the Twin Cities metro area.

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.


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!


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.


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.


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

County Links for Residents


  • Anoka County
  • Carver County
  • Dakota County
  • Hennepin County
  • Ramsey County
  • Washington County