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 is every other Wednesday on the mainland, Thursday on the Islands. Carts are to be curbside by 7:00 A.M. Print out your Recycling Calendar 2017 for a quick reference guide on dates and acceptable items
Not EVERYTHING Goes in Recylcing
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:
- food soiled paper/pizza boxes/paper plates (unless you have organics)
- plastic silverware
- candy wrappers and other like packaging
- Foam blocks and packing peanuts (large pieces can be taken to Carver County Environmental Services)
- Anything long and stringy (garden hoses, Christmas lights, VHS tapes, etc.)
- Plastic toys
Top items to recycle consistently
How many of us have made a New Year's resolution only to realize we bit off more than we can chew? Keep your resolution simple to be successful by focusing on being better at recycling one or two more items. Once you’ve mastered those, challenge yourself to keep recycling more! Here in the Twin Cities, 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:
- 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);
- Cartons (including milk cartons and juice boxes).
When you start with these standard items, it's easy to keep a New Year's recycling resolution. Remember to collect recyclables throughout your house; not just in the kitchen! Collect recyclables from the bathroom, laundry room and office as well. Keep yourself accountable by letting all your friends and family know your new goal. You might even be able to save money by downsizing your trash bin! We have 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.
Take plastic bags to one of the many stores that have plastic bag drop offs, including Cub Foods, Lunds-Byerlys, Whole Foods, Hennepin County Drop Off Centers, and Carver County Environmental Services. 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.
Plastics #1-7 Recycling
|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?
No Food Waste**, Garbage or Yard Waste
*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.
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.