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Saint Paul requires recycling service be provided at all residential properties.

The City provides for two different types of service. Apartments with 11 or fewer units are provided with curbside recycling services. The City provides free blue bins for curbside recycling. Contact your district council to get a new or replacement bin. Wheel kits for blue bins are also available. View the Recycling Collection Day Map.

Apartments with 12 or more units are provided a central recycling area with large recycling carts for use by all residents.

Single-Sort Recycling

Residents can put all recyclable materials into one bin at their apartment buildings – separating is no longer required!

The following is a list of acceptable materials for Saint Paul’s recycling program:

  • Plastic bottles with a 1, 2, 4, 5 or 7 label (rinse, clean, remove caps and flatten)
  • Yogurt and margarine tubs and lids
  • Transparent “to-go” containers 
  • Transparent deli containers
  • Produce containers
  • Pizza boxes (no heavily caked cheese or grease; remove all contents)
  • Corrugated cardboard (flatten to 3 ft x 3 ft or smaller)
  • Boxboard (crackers, cereal, pasta, toothpaste, etc...soda and beer boxes accepted as well)
  • Magazines, mail, phone books and office paper (shredded paper should be put in a paper bag)
  • Newspaper (inserts are acceptable)
  • Envelopes (envelopes with windows or metal clasps are okay)
  • Steel and aluminum cans, foils and trays (rinse clean, labels are okay)
  • Glass bottles and jars (rinse clean, remove caps and lids)
  • Milk cartons and juice boxes (including soy milk, soup and broth cartons; remove caps, rinse, clean and flatten)

Do NOT Recycle:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Scrap metal
  • Window glass
  • Glass dishes or glasses
  • Broken glass
  • Pyrex glass
  • Light blubs
  • Ceramic dishes
  • Plastic bags (take them to a grocery store)
  • Toys
  • Take-out containers that contain a 3 or 6 label
  • Bottles used to dispose of needles (take them to the free household hazardous waste site)

Check out this video for a quick tutorial on what is and what is not okay to recycle in Saint Paul:

Currently don’t have recycling services?
If you are an apartment property manager and do not currently offer recycling services at your building, contact Eureka Recycling at (651) 222-7678 or  to get set up today.

If you are a resident in a 12+ unit building and are interested in getting recycling services for your building, talk to the building owner or manager and encourage them to connect with Eureka to get started.

In the meantime, recycling can be dropped off at the Saint Paul recycling drop-off center at 309 Como Ave (near Como and Minnehaha –  map and directions).

More Information
For more information on Apartment Recycling, visit Eureka’s Apartment Recycling site.

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