Accepted Materials

Man and woman standing side by side holding recyclable items, including a Pringles container, paper towel inner-core, and a butter box


Saint Paul has a single-sort recycling system, which means residents can put all recyclable materials into one cart.  For more information download the 2020 All In Recycling Guide.

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Image with Text: Accepted Materials for Recycling: Containers such as plastic #1, #2, and #5, metal cans, glass bottles, and cartons. Paper such as newspapers, magazines, and mail. Boxes such as cardboard boxes and boxboard.

Image with Text: Materials not accepted for recycling such as: plastic bags, black plastic, Styrofoam, plastic #3, #4, #6, and #7, containers larger than 3 gallons, food/liquid,

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New in 2020 

Clothes/linens and shredded paper are no longer accepted in the residential collection program. Do not place these items in your recycling cart. 

Clothes and Linens:

For donation opportunities, visit the Ramsey County Reuse and Donation page.

Shredded Paper:

Recycle Smart. Shredded paper is no longer accepted in the residential recycling program. When placed in your recycling cart, shredded paper most often does not get recycled due to its very small size and can be a contaminant for other materials in the recycling process. Keep your paper shredding to a minimum. Paper for shredding is typically accepted at our Citywide Drop off Events. You can also refer to the Ramsey County AtoZ Recycling and Disposal Guide for disposal options.

shredded paper spilled on sorting line at a Materials Recovery Facility

Updated: July 15, 2020