Living in Shorewood: Recycling

Missed recycling pick-up? Report the miss to Republic Services, 952.941.5174.
Need a larger or additional cart? Contact the city, 952.960.7900.

Get text message reminders for recycling week. Text "blue" to 292929.

When is Recycling Service Pick-up?

recycling truck

Recycling is every other Wednesday on the mainland, Thursday on the Islands. Carts are to be curbside by 7 a.m. Check our Recycling Calendar 2018 for a quick reference guide on dates and acceptable items. You may sign up for recycling tips and date reminders online so you never miss a pick-up!

Free Curbside Organics Service

First-time organics customers are able to get one year of free curbside organics service through a Hennepin County Grant the city received. If you are interested in adding this to your garbage service contact Randy's Environmental Services, 763.972.3335. The first 25 residents will receive the one year of free service. If you are with another garbage hauler, we encourage you to request they start offering service. If you have questions, please contact the city at 952.960.7900.

Not EVERYTHING Goes in Recycling

A few items are often found in recycling carts, both at homes and in parks, that should not be included in curbside recylcing. The following items go in the garbage:

  • diapers
  • food soiled paper/pizza boxes/paper plates (these can go in organics)
  • plastic silverware
  • straws
  • candy wrappers and other similar packaging
  • Foam blocks and packing peanuts (check UPS stores to recycle peanuts)
  • Anything long and stringy (garden hoses, Christmas lights, VHS tapes, etc.)
  • Plastic toys

Simple Recycling

simple recycling truckThe city offers a curbside collection of shoes, clothing and other textiles, and small household goods through Simple Recycling. The service is offered on recycling days. Use the orange bags provided to each household and place your items in the bag curside. Get complete information on items collected and other details online.

Top items to recycle consistently

In the Twin Cities metro, everyone gets curbside recycling, but some things are not always accepted for recycling by your hauler. Remember to recycle these items that all haulers take:recyclables

  • Aluminum and metal food and beverage cans;
  • Glass food and beverage bottles and jars;
  • Paper (including magazines, newspapers, cardboard and cereal boxes);
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (including milk and juice jugs, water and ketchup bottles and leave the caps on)
  • Cartons (including milk cartons and juice boxes and caps can stay on)

Just make sure they are empty. Sorting methods will make mistakes if liquid or food is left in the container.

Remember to collect recyclables throughout your house; not just in the kitchen! Collect recyclables from the bathroom, laundry room and office as well. You might even be able to save money by downsizing your trash bin! Get more information on what can and can't be recycled.

Medicine Drop Off Locations

Hennepin County has placed drop off bins for prescription and other unused medications at various locations throughout the county for the free disposal of medicines. Storing unused medicines in the home can be dangerous. Prescription drug abuse among the teen population is on the rise and there has been an increase of accidental poisonings. Disposing of medicines down the drain or in the garbage can cause groundwater contamination. The drop off sites are free and easy to use. Complete instructions and a list of accepted and unaccepted items should be reviewed before using the drop offs.

Cooking Oil Recycling

Carver County Environmental Services will collect used cooking oil for no charge. Please do not dispose of cooking oil in home drains or in storm sewers.

Plastic Bag Recycling

Take plastic bags to one of the many stores that have plastic bag drop offs, including Cub Foods, Lunds-Byerlys, Whole Foods, or Hennepin County Drop Off Centers. Many dry cleaners will take their bags. Just ask! See a complete list of locations and plastic bags that may be dropped off by site. Carver County Environmental Services is no longer accepting plastic bags.

Plastics #1-7 Recycling

plastic cups Confused about which plastics you can now recycle? A description of the plastics you can recycle and how to prepare them is now available. One item that has changed about the preparation of recyclables is that you may now leave the lids on the containers--in fact, you are encouraged to do so!

What Can I Recycle?

What can be recycled in your single sort recycling cart?

These items can't be recycled. Put them in your trash cart.

Magazines, Newspaper
Office and School Paper (colored paper too)
Mixed Mail and Phone Books
Boxboard (cereal and cake boxes)
Brown Paper Bags
Aluminum Cans
Tin and Steel Cans
Glass Jars and Bottles
Plastic Milk Jugs (lids on!)
Plastic containers #1-#7 (lids on!)
Juice boxes--no straws
Cartons (ie, 1/2 gallon milk, soup cartons, etc.)

No Food Waste**, Garbage or Yard Waste
No Food Tainted Items**
No Pizza Boxes**
No cardboard Egg Cartons**
No Ice Cream Cartons
No Aluminum Foil
No Plastic Silverware
No Aerosol Cans
No Juice Bags
No Plastic Bags*

*Many plastic bags may be recycled at drop off locations.

**May be composted in commercial compost collection programs offered curbside in Shorewood. Contact the city for more information.

Electronics Recycling

When you purchase new electronics, don't throw the old in your garbage. Most electronics contain lead, mercury, or other hazardous materials and should not be thrown in the trash. First, ask the retail store where you purchase your electronics if they will take the old electronics for free. If not, Hennepin County offers a drop off service at the Bloomington and Brooklyn Park drop off sites. There might be fees involved for some items, so check their website for pricing. Find many drop off locations for electronics and other items on the EPA web site. Get more information and drop off options on our Household Hazardous Waste page. If you can't find where you should take a particular item, please call city hall, 952.960.7900 for assistance.

Other Recycling Opportunities

Many recycling ideas are available at your fingertips. Find more information at Rethink Recycling.

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