Holiday recycling tips

‘Tis the season. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, holiday waste increases by more than 25%. Ensure you’re putting your holiday discards in the right place. Look at what you can and cannot put in your recycling cart.


  • Gift boxes: Break down to recycle or save intact to use again next year.
  • Cartons: From eggnog, wine, broth and milk.
  • Cards, junk mail and newspapers.
  • Tins: Decorative, cookie and pie, or save for reuse.
  • Aluminum foil and trays (mostly clean): Ball up the foil to be three inches in diameter or larger.

Yes and no:

  • Wrapping paper: Yes, if free of glitter, foil, velvet and reflective areas. No, if not.


  • Ribbons.
  • Holiday lights: Bring to the Hennepin County Drop-Off Facility, 1400 West 96th Street, for recycling.

Want to recycle your food waste? Take your food, prep scraps, leftovers and paper towels to an organics drop-off location listed at

For more information about how to properly dispose of items, visit or call 952-563-8760.