Recycling & Disposal Information:
Much of the paper in our homes is recyclable. Remember to recycle paper and boxes through your home, including in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and office. You're more likely to recycle if recycling containers are readily available, so consider placing containers next to where you open your mail or in your bathroom.
- Mail, office and school papers
- Magazines and catalogs
- Newspapers and inserts
- Phone books
- Shredded paper placed in closed paper bags
- Cardboard boxes
- Cereal and cracker boxes
- Shoe boxes, gift boxes and electronics boxes
- Toothpaste, medication and other toiletry boxes
Paper: Not Recyclable
- Paper soiled with food
- Paper plates and cups*
- Paper napkins or towels*
- Gift wrap
Paper: Sometimes Recyclable
Some cities/service providers recycle:
- Pizza boxes
- Paper egg cartons
- Pop and beer cases
- Refrigerated boxes
Rinse before recycling.
- Milk cartons
- Juice boxes
- Soup, broth and wine cartons
Contact your city recycling coordinator or your recycling service provider for details.
*These items are not recyclable, but are compostable in small amounts. Tear or shred into smaller pieces before adding to your compost bin. Learn more about composting.
Don't forget to recycle your cans and bottles too! To learn more about residential recycling in the Twin Cities metro area, visit our Recycling 101 page.