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Recycling and trash disposal

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Important news...

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Help control the products that are dumped into the waste stream. Buy only as much as you need, and reuse and recycle materials whenever possible.

  • Reduce – buy only what you need, rent equipment you use infrequently and think about the environmental consequences of your purchases.
  • Reuse – if you no longer need something, give it to someone who can use it and check out used goods before purchasing new.
  • Recycle - given a chance, many items can be transformed into something new.
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    • Recycling guide: 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

Garbage haulers and other disposal options

Learn which companies are licensed to haul garbage in Bloomington, and disposal options for hazardous materials, yard waste and miscellaneous junk that haulers don't accept.


Recycle, reuse and donate items

Every year, 32 million pounds of usable items are thrown away in Hennepin County. Save money, help reduce waste and support the local economy by thinking about reuse when shopping.

  • FREE Market – Residents can now clean out their clutter using an interactive, free Web site. Twin Cities Free Market is a nonprofit organization used to divert reusable and repairable items from the waste stream.
  • – The Freecycle Network is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. Membership is free.

Curbside Cleanup Information

Quick resources for reducing waste