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Holiday recycling do’s and don’ts

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Before throwing something away this holiday season, ask yourself: does this item belong in recycling, organics or garbage? Use this guide to answer all your holiday waste disposal questions.


  • Boxes (flatten)

  • Paper cards and envelopes

  • Catalogs and magazines

  • Milk and broth cartons

  • Plastic bottles and containers

  • Glass bottles and jars

  • Aluminum cans and baking trays

  • Cookie and pie tins

  • Steel cans


  • Fruit and vegetable peels

  • Dairy products

  • Meat trimmings and bones

  • Fish scraps

  • Grains and beans

  • Coffee grounds and paper tea bags

  • Napkins and paper towels

  • BPI certified compostable serving ware


  • Holiday lights*

  • Bubble wrap and plastic bags*

  • Wrapping paper

  • Ribbons and bows

  • Tinsel and ornaments

  • Non-compostable paper plates and serving ware

  • Styrofoam

*Can be recycled at Hennepin County drop off, 1400 West 96th Street