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 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
The following Bloomington non-profit organizations accept reusable items. Each organization has specific guidelines about what they accept, so check them before donating. In general, donated items should be gently-used, clean and in working condition. Clothing should be washed or dry-cleaned. Remove lint and pet hair, fold neatly and place in bags. Furniture should be in good shape; it must be structurally sound and have no stains, rips or tears. Please donate seasonal items during their proper season due to storage issues. Contact the organizations listed below or visit their websites to learn what items they accept.
Bloomington organizations accepting donations
Arc's Value Village
10546 France Avenue South
Arc's Value Village
6528 Penn Avenue South
201 W. 87th Street
7845 Lyndale Avenue South
The Hope Chest for Breast Cancer
Normandale Village Mall
5121 West 98th Street
Lupus Foundation of Minnesota
2626 E. 82nd Street
Majestic Treasures Thrift Store
9131 Old Cedar Avenue South
900 N. 4th Street
2822 Washington Ave.
Saver's Thrift Store
8049 Morgan Circle
Second Chance Recycling
1179 15th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Victory Value Store
9517 Lyndale Ave. South
Vines and Branches
7132 Portland Ave. South
The following accept BUILDING MATERIAL donations:
611 E. Franklin Avenue
Summit Academy OIC
935 Olson Memorial Hwy
- Backyard composting information
- Battery recycling information
- Choose to Reuse – Hennepin County's online directory
- FREE Market – Twin Cities Free Market is a nonprofit organization used to divert reusable and repairable items from the waste stream.
- Freecycle.org – The Freecycle Network is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns.
- 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.