Citywide Recycling Drop-Off Event
This year marks the City of Bloomington’s first citywide recycling drop-off event for residents to get rid of large items and recyclable materials. The event will take place September 24, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Western Maintenance Center, 10500 Hampshire Ave South. The event is open to all Bloomington residents. Certain items will be accepted at no cost, and other items a fee will apply. Cash or check only. We will only take items on the Accepted list below. We will not take general garbage. Citywide drop-off event closes at 1 p.m. Arrive early to unload your vehicles and exit by 1 p.m. Event staff may refuse any vehicles or materials.
- Saturday, September 24th, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Western Maintenance Center, 10500 Hampshire Ave S
- Must be a Bloomington resident.
- No business waste. Businesses should contact Hennepin County at 612.348.3777 for information on disposal options.
- Payment by cash or check made out to City of Bloomington. No credit cards.
- For safety reasons, walking or biking materials into the event is prohibited.
- Participants should turn off vehicles while unloading for safety and to reduce vehicle emissions.
Items accepted for free
- Bicycles (for reuse or scrap)
- Electronics (see list for electronics that are accepted for a fee)
- Cell phones
- DVD/MP3 players
- and more
- Paper for shredding (shredding will be done on site)
- Staples are ok. Remove all binders. Plastic bags not accepted.
- Scrap metal (must remove all non-metal parts)
- Aluminum window/door (no wood or glass)
- BBQ grills
- Bed frames
- Lawnmowers (remove oil/gas)
- Metal bed springs
Pay by cash or check made out to City of Bloomington. Credit cards not accepted.
|$10 each. Other electronic items accepted for free.|
|$20 each piece
$10 for crib mattress
*Xcel Energy is the electricity service provider in Bloomington. Xcel Energy customers can earn a $50 rebate by allowing Xcel Energy to pick up and recycle their old functioning refrigerator and/or freezer. For more information about the program visit the Xcel Energy website.
- Concrete, building materials
- Dirt, sod, rocks, yard waste
- Exercise equipment
- Garbage (unlike other cities we won’t take general trash)
- Household hazardous waste such as paint, chemicals, automotive fluids
- Lawn furniture
- Leaf blowers
- Light bulbs
- Lumber, building materials
- Railroad ties
- Yard waste
- Vacuum cleaners
We have various stations where you’ll stop to drop off material. To make it easier and quicker to unload, please pack your vehicle in the reverse order of how the stations are located. For instance bicycles is the very last station, so put it in your vehicle first.
- Paper for shredding
- Scrap Metal
- Bicycles (load in your vehicle first)
If you have city solid waste service you can request curbside collection of appliances, electronics and bulky items that don’t fit in your garbage cart year-round; see below for scheduling and cost.
Appliances, electronics and bulky item collection
Curbside collection of appliances, electronics and bulky items can be arranged by calling Utility Billing at 952-563-8726. This includes items such as large broken toys, carpet, mattresses, furniture and construction or remodeling materials, including wood. This also includes items that must be recycled such as electronics, TVs, appliances and microwaves. The cost for this service is per item. Solid waste tax applies to the disposal costs for any items collected as trash (most items except electronics and appliances, which must be recycled).
Disposal facility drop-off
For a list of facilities such that accept trash, carpet, bulky items, remodeling debris and more, view the Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide. Be sure to call ahead to any location listed for hours, fees and special requirements.
The following are year-round options for garbage, recycling, donating or otherwise disposing of many common items. (Businesses are only listed as a resource for our residents; inclusion does not constitute an endorsement of a business.)
Whether you have a usable bicycle, one that needs repair or is beyond repair, view Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide for options.
The following locations accept electronics including computers, printers, cables, power strips, cell phones, tablets and more. Some items are accepted for free, while others have a fee.
- Hennepin County accepts electronics at their drop-off facilities in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington.
- Tech Dump accepts electronics at their locations in Golden Valley and St. Paul.
These landfills and transfer stations accept trash, carpet, bulky items and remodeling debris. Some of these facilities may also accept recyclables, appliances, tires, yard waste, etc. Call ahead for hours, fees and special requirements.
Household hazardous waste
Hennepin county provides two permanent drop-off locations and several seasonal household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events throughout the year for residents to get rid of paint, chemicals and other household hazardous waste.
Second Chance Recycling offers recycling for mattresses of all sizes for a fee. Visit their website to schedule a pickup.
Express Metals in Hopkins accepts scrap metal for recycling. Examples of items accepted include washers, dryers, dishwashers, hot water heaters, furnaces, stoves, air conditioning units, lawn mowers and snow blowers (drained of fluids), and grills (no propane tanks). They also accept lead acid batteries; other household batteries are not accepted. View a complete list of items accepted.
There are many options throughout the Twin Cities for donating usable items. Here are options located in St. Louis Park or that offer pickup in our community.
- Goodwill, 3575 Hwy. 100 – Accepts clothing, household goods, books and many other items.
- Bridging (nonprofit assisting Minnesotans coming out of homelessness) – Accepts items for donation, including usable furniture, linens and kitchen essentials (dishes, cookware, utensils, etc.). Visit the Bridging website for a complete list of accepted items and hours. Curbside pickup of items is available for a fee.
- Epilepsy Foundation (nonprofit offering services for individuals with epilepsy) – Curbside pickup of clothing and household items is available by request. Visit the Epilepsy Foundation website for more information.
Find other reuse businesses through Choose to Reuse.
Tips for donating
- Pre-sort your donations (clothing, kitchenware, décor, etc.) to decrease the work that must be done by thrift stores.
- Remember that thrift stores must pay to dispose of stuff they can’t sell. Please don’t donate junk. This includes opened personal care items, broken toys, things you got for free at a conference or event (branded swag, promo CDs, etc.) or old media (computer games that are more than few years old, etc.).
View Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide for a list of yard waste drop-off sites within Hennepin County. Yard waste — such as grass clippings, leaves and branches — is a valuable resource that can add nutrients back into your yard or be recycled into compost. It is illegal to put yard waste in your household garbage. Hennepin County does not operate a drop-off site.
View Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide for a list of facilities that accept trash, carpet, bulky items, remodeling debris and more. Always call ahead to any location for hours, fees and special requirements.
Hennepin County also hosts a Choose to Reuse website to help residents find places to buy, sell, donate, rent or repair items. The mission is to keep usable items out of the trash and to encourage reuse before buying new.