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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To reduce the amount of unwanted mail you receive:
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: www.OptOutPrescreen.com 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
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.
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: