2015 Recycling Information

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Curbside Collection Program

Curbside Pick-up for Residents of Single Family homes through 12 unit apartment can use this map to find out their day/zone.  Pickup is every other week and a holiday sometimes pushes back collection a day.

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Curbside Recycling in Fridley is every other week, on the same day of the week as garbage pick-up. Holidays may move your recycling day back one day.  To find out if you are in a blue or a gray zone and what day of the week you will have recycling pick-up, use the map above or look on your property information.  You may also want to call-Environmental Planning can help!  (763) 572-3594.

What Kinds of Things Can Go Into the Recycling Cart?

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Free Upgrade to Larger 96 Gallon Recycling Carts Available at No Charge!!

Call the City Recycling provider Republic (formerly Allied) Services to request your free upgrade to a larger recycling cart at 952-941-5174.  The larger cart is not much bigger at the base, just a bit taller.  If you find your recycling cart is full every two weeks or if it is difficult to recycle cardboard, for instance, this larger cart might just suit your household!  Some neighbors will receive larger carts over the next 18 months if their cart is consistently full of recycling materials. Residents may request a larger cart from Republic or opt out, if they received the larger 96 gallon cart and simply cannot store it anyplace.  The City hopes to switch most people out to larger carts within two years.

Billing for recycling is done by the City of Fridley in conjunction with the Water bill.  There is no tax assessed on recyclables but the state does charge 9.75% tax on garbage, so it is a good idea to take a look at the recycling list and use the recycling cart for those items on the list.  Some households request a free larger recycling cart and reduce the size of their garbage cart when they thoroughly utilize recycling.

Garbage Service

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Need to set up garbage and yard waste pick-up service? Contact a licensed garbage hauler to set up service. Weekly garbage service is required by code.

 Yard waste is a separate service contracted for with your garbage company and is optional because residents could also take yard waste to the Bunker Hills Compost site in Coon Rapids or practice at-home composting to create a useable product for flower beds and vegetable gardens!  The City does not pick up yard waste or Christmas trees.

Additional Information about the Curbside Recycling Program for Residents

  • No need to sort recyclables into categories since our recycling program is single sort: throw everything recyclable into the cart together.  The recycling cart is collected every 2 weeks and your zone is on your home address on the city website, along with your lot and other information.
  • All plastics marked #1-7 are recyclable
  • Although the original recycling carts issued in 2012 was 65 gallon size, free up-sizing to a 96 gallon cart is available now, since many residents are finding the original cart is too small.  The cart is slightly taller than the 65 gallon size but not much wider.  Call the City's recycling contractor, Republic to request one: (952)941-5174.  
  • If you have a large family or home business that generates a lot of recyclables, the larger 96 gallon cart can be handy.  Or, if you have a lot of cardboard boxes, you'll want to have the largest size cart or save the cardboard for the Drop-off Day Events, 3 times per year.
  • One tip: place shredded mail, bills and other paper in paper bags which are stapled closed.
  • Don't put single plastic bags into the recycling cart.  Collect a bunch and tie them closed, then place inside of cart.  Otherwise they blow into machinery at the recycling sorting facility and clog up the works!
  • You can downsize your garbage cart size if you are diligent about recycling everything that is eligible. Garbage is taxed by the state and recycling isn't, so it makes good dollar$ and $ense to recycle more.
  • Please recycle rinsed milk, cream and 1/2 and 1/2 containers and yogurt cups.

Which items are recyclable now that people don't realize and are still tossing in the garbage (eeek!)?

Most people get the "cans, bottles and paper" part of recycling but are not sure about plastics.  Today, rinsed plastic deli and produce containers are fine to recycle.  Juice boxes and soup asceptic containers (those rectangular ones in the grocery soup aisle) are also eligible to recycle-in fact you can recycle all plastics marked #1-7 on the bottom.  But no shrink wrap, plastic wrap, styrofoam or egg cartons (either type) please!

When is my Recycling Day?

Automated collection of recycling is every other week for residents in unitis 1-12 (single family homes through apartment buildings containing 12 apartments or fewer). Half of the City is collected in carts one week and the other half the next week.  Each residence included in the program is sent a calendar for the year in December,noting their service schedule.  If you lost your collection schedule, you can download the map with a collection schedule as above or you can pick one up at City Hall, 6431 University Ave. NE in Fridley.  If you don't know which week (Blue or Grey) you are in, you can find out using Property Information Search by typing in the number of your address.

Biggest item that creates confusion? Cardboard is recyclable but greasy pizza boxes are NOT!

What's Recyclable?

Steel and aluminum cans, glass bottles, and jars (but not drinking glasses please), plastic bottles, deli containers, plastic (but not styrofoam) marked #1-7, as we said above, are great.  We added to-go containers, yogurt cups (rinsed) to the list of plastics in the last few years. Plastic covers, lids, and caps, aeseptic cartons, and paper milk cartons all may be tossed loose in your wheeled cart.  Twist the cap on plastic pop and water bottles when you finish them, don't place caps in recycling loose and stuff plastic bags inside each other to prevent litter when your recycling is dumped.  Otherwise plastic bottle caps and individual plastic bags end up in the land fill or clog recycling sorting machinery.

And of course, paper, mixed mail, magazines, school and office paper, phone books, paperback books, dry food boxes, brown paper bags, and corrugated cardboard are all recyclable.

Does the City-provided Recycling Service Include Apartments?

Yes, if they are in buildings of 12 units or smaller. Buildings 13 units and larger in size privately contract separately for recycling, so you would need to consult building management with questions in large apartment complexes. Look for a recycling symbol on recycling carts because cart types and color vary with vendor.  All building owners are required to provide recycling opportunities to all residents.  It needs to be accessible in winter and summer. Ultimately, since the garbage bin is taxed and the recycling isn't, expenses for apartment managers and owners can be lower if recycling is properly used: less garbage is generated, which means fewer dumpster pickups of garbage.

"Our Building Recycles" posters, magnets and totes all may be available for your building, contact City recycling for more information at 763-572-3594.


Does Everything Need to Fit in the Cart?

Yes. You need to flatten your corrugated cardboard, because it must be placed inside the cart. Do not place cardboard or other materials on top of the cart or on the ground near your cart on collection day because collection is done by a mechanical arm. The recycling truck driver, for safety reasons, doesn't leave the truck. If you are exceeding the capacity of your original cart, and you are on the City 1-12 unit collection program, the contractor will provide you with a larger cart at no additional charge. Call Republic (formerly known as Allied Waste) directly to arrange delivery/cart switch at 952-941-5174.

Can I Get a Larger Wheeled Cart? Yes!

Every household was given a mid-size (65-gallon) wheeled cart in the initial deliveries in 2012. If you feel this container is too small for your current needs, you have the opportunity to switch to a larger container, free of charge. Larger households or those who generate more cardboard may want to take advantage of their ability to get their free up-sized recycling cart by calling (952)941-5174.

How Can Recyclables be Marketed After They Are Collected When All Mixed Together?

Recycling companies have found that much of the sorting of recyclables can be done mechanically at a materials recovery facility. The City’s contract and State laws limit the amount of waste leaving a recycling materials recovery facility, so contractors, like our City provider, Republic, must prove that most of what they collect is indeed recycled into usable products. Due to glass getting broken and mixed by color in the processing it is often not able to be recycled into new glass bottles but used for other things like an asphalt paving material. Paper is recycled, usually to a lower grade paper product.

Please Help Fridley Recycle More: We've slowed down after the initial single-sort                 recycling roll-out and are tossing too many recyclables like plastics and even pop cans!

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Recycling amounts have an ebb and flow based on the season. Anoka County sets the recycling rate pounds per resident and each year, those recycling goals go up to keep more items out of dwindling landfill space. Fridley was the first community in Anoka County to offer curbside recycling many years ago, but lately, we are not meeting our tonnage requirements, particularly in apartment settings. We are tossing too many recyclable items.  If you have questions about which items are recyclable, call (762) 572-6324 for more information. 

If you have recycling questions please call the City of Fridley Environmental Planner at (763) 572-3594.

Other Recycling Options for Things that Don't Go in the Recycling Carts

  • Need to get rid of appliances or electronics? The City of Fridley hosts 2-3 Drop-off Days annually. The dates for 2015 are Saturdays, May 2, July 25 and October 3.
  • For additional information, visit the Anoka County Integrated Waste Management web page for comprehensive recycling information for bulky items and other hard to dispose of items:  You can also find information about recycling reusable items, batteries and plastic bags.
  • Learn about getting rid of fluorescent bulbs or household hazardous waste like paint and chemicals at their website:
  • Reduce, reuse, then recycle. See websites that offer material reuse options.
  • The City of Fridley coordinates Recycling Drop-off Days  each year to give its residents an opportunity to recycle large, bulky items in an environmentally friendly manor. 
  • Free and confidential paper shredding is offered at Fridley Residential Dropoff Events 2-3 times annually. Look up information on Recycling Drop-off Days (above) or, find other choices for this service in nearby communities on the Anoka County website:
  • For additional options paper shredding in-between City events, Fridley has First Shred, local fee-based business for secure paper shredding. Other businesses may also be available near Fridley. A couple of times per year, U.S. Federal Credit Union of Fridley has free paper shredding events.  Other paper shredding info may be found at: .

 A special electronics and paper shredding event will be held at Springbrook Nature Center on Saturday, March 28 from 10-2.  Secure paper shredding and most electronics are collected free.  Any larger TVs will be charged for and will act as a fundraiser for the new Springbrook Nature Center building.  Free will donations happilly accepted.

Reduce unwanted mail: free up your mailbox

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Junk Mail Tornado clip art from MPCA

The average American household receives more than 60 pounds of unwanted mail each year. Although nearly all mail can be recycled, it takes raw materials to produce the mail and energy to send it around the country. It takes about 100 million trees and 38 billion gallons of water to produce one year’s worth of junk mail in the U.S., according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Junk mail is not only a waste of natural resources; it’s also a waste of time. People spend five minutes per day on average sorting through and getting rid of unwanted mail.

More reasons to stop junk mail!

  • Hassle: You spend 30 hours each year just handling junk mail (five minutes per day).
  • Energy: One day’s supply of junk mail contains the energy to heat 250,000 homes.
  • Waste: 5.8 million tons.

To reduce the amount of unwanted mail you receive:

  • Get your name off of credit card offers, mass mailing lists, national marketing mailers, and catalogs.

ü  The Direct Marketing Association offers consumers and households a way to ask mail order companies to remove their names from mail lists. Be sure to provide all the various spellings and address versions that you want removed from mail lists. Your name will remain on the do-not-mail list for five years, but you can renew at any time.

ü  Go to the website: or call 1-888-567-8688 to reduce the amount of credit card offers you get.

ü  Mailbox Values (Red Plum), go to their website—click on Contact Us, then the Add/Remove button.

ü  ValPak , go to their website, click on Contact Us—fill out form and ask to be removed from list. Or call 1-800-237-6266

  • Contact companies directly and ask for your name to be taken off their mailing list. Company contact information can usually be found on the junk mail item. Call them or send a postcard. Tell them you want your name removed from their list. Include any customer identification number found on the shipping label.
  • Opt out of receiving phone books by contacting the distributor. Remember to recycle any phone books you have at home that you no longer want.
  • Online bill pay—sign up and switch to paperless statements.
  • Recycle the mail you still receive. You can recycle magazines, catalogs, envelopes, letters, paper inserts and coupon advertisements. Make sure you remove all non-paper items. 

For confidential mail items, shred paper and place it in a paper bag for recycling. Staple the bag shut and label it “shredded paper” before placing it in your recycling cart.

  • Contact your local post office for forms to stop mail of former residents, if applicable

 Keep junk mail from coming back.

  • Mailers sell and rent names. Whenever you supply your name and address (warranty card, subscriptions, contests, etc) ask to be placed on a do-not-mail list.
  • By limiting the circulation of your personal information, you’re also securing your identity. You can often politely decline to give out sensitive information.

Recycle what you have.

  • Shredded mail can be recycled. If you shred personal documents to protect yourself from theft, put the material in a paper bag (staple it closed) and place it with your other recyclables

Handling unwanted mail at work

Unwanted mail at work can account for a lot of waste. It fills up recycling bins (or ouch, garbage dumpsters!!), and needs to be delivered, sorted, and routed, all a waste of time and labor.

Reducing unwanted mail at your company or office is more complicated. The Mail Preference Service will not help businesses or organizations. Though there are no groups to help organizations and their employees reduce their waste from unwanted mail, there are some waste reduction actions that can be taken in the workplace:

  • Ask for cooperation. Business-to-business mail is intended to generate income and solicit new business. When you get catalogs, advertising flyers, or offers from companies that you will not do business with, ask them to remove you from their list.
  • Control your exposure. Data for mail lists is collected from many sources — purchases, conference registrations, websites, business cards. Make it clear that you want to control this sharing of your information. Include a statement about preventing waste and protecting privacy on items like purchase orders, registrations for classes and conferences, and subscriptions.
  • Practice good mail list etiquette. If your organization maintains databases or mail lists, be protective of your clients. Be very selective about how you use data, and offer your clients the option to request their information not be shared with others.  
  • Keep your mail lists up-to-date. You waste money and time mailing materials to addresses that are no longer valid.

















For more information about waste reduction or the recycling program for the city, contact the city's Planning Division in the Community Development Department by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (763)572-3592.