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Recycling resources

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

Bridging, Inc. 
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

Salvation Army  
900 N. 4th Street
2822 Washington Ave.

Saver's Thrift Store
8049 Morgan Circle

Second Chance Recycling
1179 15th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414    
612-332-0664 (ext.14)

Victory Value Store
9517 Lyndale Ave. South

Vietnam Veterans of America

Vines and Branches
7132 Portland Ave. South

The following accept BUILDING MATERIAL donations:

Hope Community 
611 E. Franklin Avenue

Summit Academy OIC 
935 Olson Memorial Hwy