Living in Shorewood: Recycling

Missed recycling pick-up? Report the miss to Republic Services, 952.941-5174.
Need a larger or additional cart? Contact Republic Services or the city, 952.960.7900.

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 7:00 A.M. Print out your Recycling Calendar 2015 for a quick reference guide on dates and acceptable items

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.

Plastic Bag Recycling

Although some plastic bags may be included in the curbside cart including: grocery bags, retail bags (remove string ties & rigid plastic handles), and dry-cleaning bags (clean/dry and bundled into one bag) it is preferred that you take the 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 bag their bags. Just ask! See a complete list of locations and plastic bags that may be dropped off by site.

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
Plastic retail bag including: grocery bags, retail bags (remove string ties & rigid plastic handles), and dry-cleaning bags (clean/dry and bundled into one bag)
Plastics #1-#7
Juice boxes
Paper cartons (ie, 1/2 gallon milk, aseptic, soup cartons)

No Food Waste**, Garbage or Yard Waste
No Food Tainted Items**
No Pizza Boxes**
No Egg Cartons**
No Ice Cream Cartons**
No Aluminum Foil
No Plastic Silverware
No Aerosol Cans
No Juice Bags
No Plastic Bags not listed in YES!*

*Many additional 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 free drop off service at the Bloomington and Brooklyn Park drop off sites, although they may be adding a fee beginning July 1, 2015. 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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