What can you recycle in Minneapolis? – part deux

Question? Be sure to attend the Community Meeting June 13; 7:00 pm @ Lynnhurst Park

Since posting notice of the community curb-side recycling education meeting, it became apparent that there are some minor differences between what can be recycled listed in the Recycling Guide mailed to residents in March and the Press Release issued by the City in May announcing the community meetings.  We have been notified that the Press Release is more current and that efforts are underway to update the Minneapolis Recycling Guide.  From the Press Release the following are items accepted by the City for curb-side recycling:


PAPER

  • Mail, office and school papers
  • Shredded paper (in a closed paper bag)
  • Newspaper and ad inserts (removed from plastic bag, placed in paper bag, or bundled with string)
  • Cardboard (flattened, placed in paper bag or bundled with string)
  • Boxes – cereal, crackers, pasta, cake mixes; shoe boxes, gift boxes, toiletries boxes, etc.
  • NEW! Food & beverage cartons, such as milk, juice, soup, broth, wine
  • NEW! Refrigerated food boxes, such as English muffin boxes, etc.

PAPER NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Pop and Beer cartons – listed as acceptable on Recycling Guide
  • Frozen Food boxes – listed as acceptable on Recycling Guide
  • Pizza boxes, egg cartons, or paper soiled with food

PLASTICS

  • All plastic bottles, containers and jugs numbered 1 through 7. Rinse and place in paper or reusable cloth bags; caps and lids can be left on.

PLASTICS NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Microwavable food trays – listed as acceptable on Recycling Guide
  • Bottles that held hazardous substances, such as motor oil
  • Styrofoam (even if labeled with a recycling symbol)
  • Plastic bags (recycle plastic bags at many participating grocers using the It’s In The Bag program – http://www.itsinthebagmn.org)

CANS AND ALUMINUM FOIL

  • Rinse and place in paper or reusable cloth bag

GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS

  • Rinse and place in paper or reusable cloth bag; remove and throw away caps

GLASS NOT ACCEPTED

  • Broken Glass
  • Window Glass

BATTERIES

  • Tape the positive (+) terminal of lithium ion batteries to prevent fires
  • Place in clear plastic bag and place on top of your recycling container

BATTERIES NOT ACCEPTED

  • Automotive batteries

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