Recycling

Free Up-Sizing to 96 Gallon Recycling Carts Available Now!!

Call the City Recycling provider Republic (formerly Allied) to request your free upgrade 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!

*After jumping in leaf piles, what do you do? Click here for advice, links and videos on keeping leaves away from storm drains and preparing for winter. Let's keep our lakes and rivers clean. Also around the holidays, we generate more trash, much of which can be recycled! In Fridley we are working to recycle more plastics marked 1-7 now, a great goal for fall.*

Garbage Service

Need to set up garbage and yard waste pick-up 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 since our recycling program is single sort: throw everything recyclable into the cart together.  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!
  • 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-inf fact you can 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 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 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 dumster pickups of garbage.  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: We've Slowed down after the initial Single-sort Recycling Roll-out and are Tossing too Many Recyclables

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. 

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 and other hard to dispose of items: http://www.anokacounty.us/recyclingdirectory.  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: http://www.anokacounty.us/HHW
  • 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:  http://www.anokacounty.us/370/Residential-Recycling-Opportunities
  • 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: http://www.anokacounty.org/v2_dept/iwm/show-item-info-iframe.aspx?id=84 .

 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.