Recycling at Home

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This is a general guideline of household items that are recyclable throughout Ramsey County. Many communities accept additional materials for recycling. Contact your city for more information.

General tips

  • Empty and rinse containers.
  • Remove caps from glass containers but you can leave caps on cartons and plastic containers.
  • Flatten cardboard boxes but do not flatten cartons, metal cans or plastic containers.
  • Keep paper and boxes dry.
  • Place all recyclables in a paper bag or loose in the recycling cart or dumpster.
  • Do not include plastic bags with your recycling. They can jam shorting machines at recycling facilities. Bring plastic bags to a retailer or visit Plastic Film Recycling to find a drop off site.


Bottles, cans, cartons and jugs

  • Dishwashing bottles.
  • Glass food and beverage bottles and jars.
  • Ketchup and salad dressing bottles.
  • Metal food and beverage cans.
  • Milk and juice cartons and jugs.
  • Plastic water, pop and juice bottles.
  • Soup, broth and wine cartons.

Tubs, containers and lids

  • Clear fruit and vegetable containers.
  • Margarine, cottage cheese, cream cheese and other tubs.
  • Yogurt pudding and fruit cups – no foil lids.

Boxes and cardboard tubes

  • Cardboard cans. (chips, nuts, oatmeal)
  • Cereal, cracker, pasta and other pantry boxes can be included in household recycling. The empty plastic bags inside should be taken to a drop-off site.
  • Delivery pizza boxes – no food or grease.
  • Food boxes from the refrigerator.
  • Paper towel tubes.

Office and mail

Paper and boxes

  • Delivery boxes – break down first.
  • Magazines and catalogs.
  • Mail: letters, envelopes and cards (no foil or glitter) and advertisements. Sound cards should be taken to a drop off site.
  • Newspaper and inserts.
  • Office and school papers.
  • Phone books.
  • Wrapping paper – no foil or glitter, no tissue paper.
  • Shredded paper should be placed in closed paper bags labeled "shredded." Find more options in our A to Z Recycling Guide.


  • Shampoo, soap and lotion bottles.
  • Tissue boxes.
  • Toilet paper tubes.
  • Toothpaste boxes and other toiletry boxes.

Laundry room

  • Fabric softener boxes.
  • Laundry detergent bottles.