The city of Minnetonka contracts with Allied Waste to provide recycling services to residents. For more information or questions about the program, contact Allied Waste at 952.941.5174 or visit the Allied Waste website.
Recycling is collected every two weeks. Your collection day is based on your location related to I-494—if you live west of I-494, collection is on Mondays; for those east of I-494, collection is on Tuesdays.
Recycling should be out by 6:30 a.m. on collection day. Place your recycling cart and garbage cart on opposite sides of your driveway—at least 3 feet apart from each other and other objects.
In 2013 only three holidays will delay recycling collection, and only for residents whose service dates fall in the week with that holiday.
- New Year’ Day, Jan. 1
- If Jan. 1 is the week of your recycling service date, then collection is Jan. 2 (east of I-494). Residents with Monday service will be unaffected.
- Memorial Day, May 27
- If May 27 is in the week of your recycling date, then collection is May 28 (west of I-494) and May 29 (east of I-494).
- Labor Day, Sept. 2
- If Sept. 2 is in the week of your collection date, then collection is Sept. 3 (west of I-494) and Sept. 4 (east of I-494).
Some people choose to keep recycling and garbage containers outside because of limited garage space. Remember, city ordinances require all trash and recycling bins to be stored out of public view, either inside a garage or behind a screened enclosure, except for the evening before and the day of trash/recycling collection.
Call Allied Waste at 952.941.5174 to request a larger, smaller or replacement cart.
In addition to the materials residents were already recycling, the new program allows for recycling of:
- Plastic bags from retailers (please stuff all bags in another bag before placing in recycling cart)
- Foil-lined containers (juice boxes)
- All types of plastic food/beverage containers (#1–#7), including yogurt cups and butter/whip cream tubs.
- Wax-coated cardboard (which typically contains frozen items) still cannot be recycled. However, plastic-coated items such as milk cartons, juice boxes and cartons of soup/broth are recyclable.
Each recycling cart contains a list of acceptable and unacceptable items printed on the lid for easy reference.
Yes! Recycle these items!
- Newspaper and newspaper inserts
- Magazines and catalogs
- All junk mail and envelopes
- Cardboard (flatten the boxes)
- Office and school papers (all colors)
- Phone books
- Cereal and cracker-type boxes
- Brown paper sacks/bags
- Aluminum, steel and tin cans
- Glass bottles and jars
- Plastics: #1–7—bottles, cups, food containers, tubs, bowls
- Yogurt cups and butter/whip cream tubs
- Plastic milk jugs and paper milk cartons
- Plastic bags (from retailers)
- Juice boxes and other paper cartons
No! Do not recycle these items!
- No garbage
- No food waste
- No food tainted items (used paper plates, paper towels or paper napkins)
- No pizza boxes
- No egg cartons
- No wax-coated cartons
- No ice-cream cartons
- No aluminum foil
- No Styrofoam (like cups/plates and packaging)
- No aerosol cans, propane tanks or helium tanks
- No batteries
Every household pays $2.50 per month for recycling, billed on the utility/water bill.