Recycling and Waste Reduction


An Update for Saint Paul Recyclers:

Thank you for using your single-sort wheeled cart and for your patience during the first weekend of the new program. Eureka crews are running new routes with new equipment and all of us are getting acquainted with new rules. This is creating some delays in pick up. We’ve created a recycling update page to provide daily updates with collection information provided by Eureka Recycling. ​ If your recycling wasn’t picked up last week and you have concerns about too many items or an overflowed cart, Eureka will pick up extra materials outside the cart, placed in paper bags, boxes or bins this week – as a one-time exception.


Here are a few simple tips and reminders that you can do to help ensure collection goes smoothly for everyone:

1. Place your cart out along the edge of the alley or curb, by 7am the day of your pick up, with the arrows on the top lid facing out. 
2. Keep the area around your cart free of snow, ice, and other debris.
3. Leave 2 feet of space between your recycling cart and other objects, including your garbage can.
  If you see a tag on the cart, that is a friendly reminder about how to recycle properly. Please follow the instructions provided.

Thank you for recycling!


Our policy on RFID          Collection Updates           Using your New Carts           New Collection Days


Saint Paul is recycling from wheeled, lidded carts!

Learn more about the program and using your new cart.


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Collection days have changed! 

As of January 16, Saint Paul has transitioned to new recycling days. Be sure to put your recycling cart out for collection by 7 a.m. on your new collection day!

View the Collection Day Map


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Be All In - Recycle!

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The City of Saint Paul is committed to making Saint Paul “The Most Livable City in America,” and a leader in sustainable urban living. The City of Saint Paul has been recognized as a national leader in environmental and recycling programs. The City continues to work towards increasing recycling, reducing waste, and implementing an organics collections program by increasing education and making participation easier. We thank you for being a part of our success.

 Discover our resources for recycling and composting at your next event!  

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Saint Paul Recycling Accomplishments:   

The City partnered with Wilder Research Foundation in 2012-13 to conduct a comprehensive community assessment about residential solid waste and recycling programs and services. That assessment led to improvements to the City's recycling program that began in 2014 and will continue into 2017.

  • In 2014, Saint Paul changed to single-sort collection of recyclables.
  • We added many types of accepted plastics (#1, 2, 4, 5, and 7 food and beverage containers).
  • Plastics recycled increased by 82% (500 tons). 
  • Residents recycled close to 20,000 tons of paper, glass, metal and plastic beverage and food containers. 
  • Just under 200 tons of appliances, electronics, scrap metal and concrete recycled at six Citywide Community Clean Up events.
  • Close to 100 tons of organic materials delivered to the five drop off locations throughout the City. 

2016 and Beyond: