Attention Fridley Residents! Our Fall Recycling Drop-off Event is October 11 Click Here for Details!

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Garbage Service

Need to set up garbage service? Contact a licensed garbage hauler to set up service.

Recycle More Plastics and Cardboard

Create Less Trash!

Residents are now enjoying the benefits of single sort recycling collection. Some key points:

  • No need to sort recyclables into categories any longer.  Cart is collected every 2 weeks.
  • All plastics marked #1-7 are recyclable
  • Although the original recycling carts issued in 2012 are 65 gallon size, free up-sizing to a 96 gallon cart is available.  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!
  • One tip: place shredded mail 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?

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-all plastics marked #1-7 on the bottom.

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 a map with a collection schedule or you can pick on 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 broken drinking glasses please!), plastic bottles marked #1-7 (but no styrofoam), newspaper, mixed mail, magazines, school and office paper, phone books and paperback books, dry food boxes, brown paper bags, and corrugated cardboard.  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.

Does the City-provided Recycling Service Include Apartments?

Yes, if they are in buildings of 12 units or smaller. Buildings over 13 units in size privately contract separately for recycling, so you would need to consult building management with questions in large apartment complexes. Look for a label on recycling carts describing what can be recycled at your location.  All building owners are required to provide recycling opportunities to all residents.  It needs to accessible in winter and summer. If you have recycling questions please call the City of Fridley Environmental Planner 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?

Every household will be given a mid-size wheeled cart in the initial deliveries in April. 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 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

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 may 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.  

Other Recycling Options

  • Need to get rid of appliances or electronics? Visit the Anoka County Integrated Waste Management web page for comprehensive recycling information for bulky items at You can also find information about recycling reusable items, batteries and plastic bags.
  • Learn about sites for yard waste, fluorescent bulb or household hazardous waste disposal.
  • 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, in between City events, find other choices for this service in nearby communities on the Anoka County website under paper shredding.

 New Plastics Revised

For more information about waste reduction or the recycling program for the city, contact the city's Planning 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.