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Plastics Recycling

Food and Beverage ContainersRecycle plastics marked with a number 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7, including:

  • Bottles with a 1, 2, 4, 5 or 7 label
    • Rinse clean
    • Flatten and put caps back on
  • Yogurt and margarine tubs
  • Transparent “to-go” containers
  • Transparent deli containers
  • Produce containers
  • Milk jugs
  • Shampoo and lotion bottles
  • Detergent and cleaner bottles
    • Rinse clean
    • Flatten bottles and place caps back on         

 
The following plastic items are NOT recyclable:

  • Plastics marked with #3 or #6
  • Plastic used to dispose of needles (label and dispose of in the trash)
  • Toys
  • Plastic bags
  • Bottles that contain or have contained hazardous materials, like motor oil, antifreeze or pesticides.   

PLASTIC BAGS

Clean, dry, empty plastic bags can be recycled at Cub Foods, Lund's, Byerly's or Kowalski's.

Bags are also accepted at Anoka County municipal drop-off recycling centers in Andover and Coon Rapids, the Dakota County Recycling Zone in Eagan and Hennepin County Recycling Centers in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington. Click here for a complete list of drop-off locations.

Plastics Bags Acceptable for Recycling

  • Grocery bags
  • Retail bags with string ties and rigid plastic handles removed
  • Newspaper bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Produce bags and bread bags with ALL food residue removed
  • Wrap from paper products (paper towels, etc.)
  • Salt bags with rigid plastic handles removed
  • Stretch/shrink wrap (Saran, Cling Wrap, etc.)

Plastics Bags NOT Acceptable for Recycling

  • Bags with strings or rigid plastic handles
  • Bags with food residue
  • Soil or mulch bags
  • Zipper type bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Wet plastic bags of any kind

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Eureka Recycling Information – Recycling Plastics: Complications & Limitations
 
View the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policies Smart Plastics Guide for Healthier Food Uses of Plastics.


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