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Maintenance Division

Utility Billing




Recycling is collected every other week on the same day as garbage.

Recycling zones and collection days


Garbage and recycling pickup zones
  • Monday: East city limit to Portland Avenue South
  • Tuesday: Portland Avenue South to Penn Avenue South
  • Wednesday: Penn Avenue South to France Avenue South
  • Thursday: France Avenue South to Normandale Blvd.
  • Friday: Normandale Boulevard to West city limit

Please place containers at the curb the night before or by 7 a.m. your collection day. All carts should be rolled to the curb or driveway – not placed in the street.

What can be recycled?

Short list of acceptable materials:

What cannot be recycle?

  • Plastic bags and other plastic film
  • Shredded paper 
  • Scrap metal
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Plastic cutlery and straws
  • Paper plates, bowls and cups

Does your household generate a large volume of recycling? 

We appreciate residents who recycle as much as they can. Residents will have the option to upgrade their recycling cart to the largest size, which is approximately 90 gallons. Residents will also have the ability to request an additional recycling cart if needed. This extra cart will be provided without an added fee. Contact Utility Billing at 952-563-8726 to change cart sizes or request an additional container. 

Recycling in commercial buildings  

In 2014, the Minnesota Legislature expanded recycling requirements to include commercial buildings. Owners with commercial buildings in the seven-county metro area – that also generate four cubic yards or more of trash per week – must be recycling at least three materials by January 1, 2016.

Who must collect recycling? Property owners with commercial buildings (including multi-family buildings) located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington counties.

What must be collected? A minimum of three broad materials must be collected for recycling. Possible material types include paper, cans, glass, plastic, metal, cardboard or organics. Single-sort recycling collection with 3+ materials included meet the requirement.

Businesses can get funds, recycling bins and advice from Hennepin County

Hennepin County Environment and Energy has staff available to help make business recycling efforts a success. Businesses can get funds, bins, signs and onsite assistance through Hennepin County's website.

Reuse and donate items in Bloomington

Have any unwanted gently used or reusable items? Instead of sending them to the landfill, consider donating these items.