What can be recycled?
Short list of acceptable materials:
- Paper: mail, magazines, newspaper, boxes, cardboard
- Cartons: milk cartons; juice boxes; soup cartons
- Plastic: bottles, jugs, cups, containers and lids
- Metal: food and beverage cans
- Glass: bottles and jars
- Full list of recyclable materials
Recycling collection 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
Recycling to be required in commercial buildings starting in 2016
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.
- Backyard composting information
- Battery recycling information
- Hennepin County Green Disposal Guide – Yard waste, mattresses, paint or fluorescent light bulbs and more—find out how to get rid of your stuff. Also has tips for shopping smarter, living greener and creating less waste.
- Hennepin County Landowner Guide
- Reducing junk mail – Find tips on how to be removed from unsolicited marketing mailing lists and phone book delivery lists.