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Shorewood contracts with Republic Services for residential recycling. Each single family home up to 4-plex in Shorewood is covered under the service contract. Collection is every other week and each property is provided with 65 or 90 gallon recycling carts depending on preference. More than one cart can be provided upon request. Properties are charged $14 per quarter for the service and is billed on the quarterly utility bill.
Hennepin and Carver County drop-off centers usually take corrugated cardboard for recycling, but are currently closed due to the COVID19 orders. A free drop-off is available 24/7 at Minnetonka Public Works, 11522 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka. Look for the big blue dumpsters. Please make sure all cardboard is broken down to conserve space.
Button batteries and all rechargable batteries must be recycled. Button, lithium ion and other rechargables contain toxic metals and should not be put in the trash. Lithium ion batteries are also known to cause fires. Those fires can also ignite in homes and businesses when collected. To reduce the risk of fire, Hennepin County will not be recycling batteries at city hall or libraries. They should still not be thrown in the trash or recycling cart!
Drop off batteries at the Carver or Hennepin County drop off centers. Some businesses also collect recyclable batteries. Alkaline batteries can be taken to the county drop-off centers or thrown in the trash.
Do not collect batteries for a long period of time at home. Please drop them off for recycling on a regular basis. If you have questions, contact Hennepin County Environmental Services, 612.348.3777.
Free drop off for organics is available to Shorewood residents:
Free Curbside Organics Service
What can you put in curbside organics?
First-time organics customers are able to get one year of free curbside organics service through a Hennepin County Grant the city received, while supply lasts. Randy's Environmental is currently the only organics service provider in Shorewood. If you are interested in adding this to your garbage service contact Randy's Environmental Services, 763.972.3335. 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.
Some organic waste, including fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, grass clippings, plant trimmings and leaves can be composted in your backyard. Note that meat, bones, dairy, fats and oils cannot be composted in backyard bins. See the how to compost in your backyard fact sheet (PDF) and learn about compost bins sold by Hennepin County.