Recycling FAQs

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When is my recycling day?

Each year residents receive a recycling calendar with all of their specific pickup days.  If you don’t have a calendar you can use the recycling map which will show the pick up days. You can also contact City staff at 651-638-2061 and they will mail out a new calendar.

2021 Blue Week Calendar

2021 Grey Week Calendar

Pick Up Map

What types of recycling material can I place into the cart?

Anything you placed out previously can be placed into the cart.  Also, there is now new materials that Allied Waste will accept including plastics 1, 2 and 5 (for information on identifying plastics check below), pizzas boxes that have minimal grease and food, and milk and juice aseptic containers.

Materials that can be placed in the single-sort recycling cart

Newspaper and Newspaper Inserts
Magazines and Catalogs
Junk Mail and Envelopes
Office/School Papers – colored paper also!
Cardboard
Boxboard – cereal, cake, and cracker boxes
Brown Paper Bags – grocery type
Aluminum Cans
Tin and Steel Cans – please rinse them
Glass Jars and Bottles
Plastic Milk Jugs and Containers
Plastic Containers – #’s 1, 2  and 5, please rinse them, caps can be left on
Phone Books
Aseptic Juice and Milk Boxes & Containers

Pizza boxes – Free of grease

Pop and Beer packaging

Items that should not be placed in the recycling container

No food waste, garbage, or yard waste
No food tainted items – used paper plates, towels, or napkins
No egg cartons
No ice cream cartons
No aluminum foil
No aerosol cans
No hazardous waste – CFL light bulbs, oil, paint, or chemicals

What if I need a cart or don’t know where to place it?

Contact Republic Services if you don’t have a cart, need a larger or smaller cart, or have a problem with your cart.  Republic Services can be reached by calling 952-941-5174.  On your recycling pickup day place your cart at the end of your driveway or near the alleyway if you have an alley.  The cart should be placed three feet away from other carts and objects so Allied trucks will be able to easily empty them.

Where can I take yard waste like leaves, bush and tree trimmings, and grass clippings?

Most solid waste haulers will provide a yard waste cart for a fee.  Ramsey County provides free yard waste drop off sites for all county residents.  Click here for information on the free county drop off sites.  You can also call the Ramsey County recycling hotline at 651-633-EASY(3279), which is available 24/7.

Where can I take oil, paint, or household hazardous waste?

Ramsey County provides free drop off sites for household hazardous waste like paint, oil, and other products.  Click here for their website or call 651-633-EASY(3279), which is available 24/7.

What types of plastics can be placed into my recycling cart?

Republic Services now accepts all types of clean plastic containers.  Any plastic containers in the home should be rinsed and then placed into the recycling cart.  The caps can be left on the containers.  Large plastic items, like PVC pipes or styrofoam, should not be placed in the recycling cart.  To look up specific items for recycling information, please click here.

How can I get rid of my old television set or electronic devices?

Televisions and computer monitors, along with many other electronic devices, have significant amounts of hazardous materials in them and cannot be placed in your regular garbage can.  Best Buy stores will accept television and other electronic devices.  New Brighton’s Clean-Up Day is another way to properly dispose of these items.  New Brighton’s Clean-Up Day usually occurs the 2nd Saturday in May.  Check your mail for the New Brighton Clean-Up Day flyer in April.  Another resource for disposing of these items is the Ramsey County A to Z disposal guide.  Click here to be connected with the A to Z disposal guide.

What items can I put in my Recycling cart?

Newspaper and Newspaper Inserts
Magazines and Catalogs
Junk Mail and Envelopes
Office/School Papers – colored paper also!
Cardboard
Boxboard – cereal, cake, and cracker boxes
Brown Paper Bags – grocery type
Aluminum Cans
Tin and Steel Cans – please rinse them
Glass Jars and Bottles
Plastic Milk Jugs and Containers
Plastic Containers – #’s 1, 2  and 5, please rinse them, caps can be left on
Phone Books
Aseptic Juice and Milk Boxes & Containers

Pizza boxes – Free of grease

Pop and Beer packaging

What items should not go into the Recycling Cart?

No food waste, garbage, or yard waste
No food tainted items – used paper plates, towels, or napkins
No egg cartons
No ice cream cartons
No aluminum foil
No aerosol cans
No hazardous waste – CFL light bulbs, oil, paint, or chemicals