Waste and Recycling
Find information about garbage service haulers, the city-provided recycling service, bimonthly recycling and paper shredding events, organics recycling, new resident information, and more below.
- Acceptable recyclables
- rECYCLING & SHREDDING eVENTS
- Garbage and Yard Waste
- Bulky and Hazardous Items
- Green Events
Curbside Recycling: What You Need to Know
Pickup is every other week, usually on the same day as your garbage collection. A holiday can sometimes push back collection one day.
Wondering when your recycle day is? Search for your property in the Fridley Neighborhood Map.
The below items can be placed in your curbside recycling container. If your item can't be recycled curbside, check the online recycling directory for proper disposal.
Plastic Bottles and Jugs
Water, soda & juice bottles, dish soap bottles, shampoo bottles, soap and lotion bottles & detergent jugs (empty and clean/rinse, and dry; caps on)
Plastic Cups and Containers
Yogurt cups, pudding & fruit cups, clear disposable cups (no straws), margarine/whip cream tubs, cottage cheese & similar containers, clear produce, deli & take out containers (empty and rinse; lids on)
Cardboard, cereal, cracker, pasta, tissue boxes, shoe, gift, electronic boxes, toothpaste & other toiletry boxes (flattened)
Milk cartons, juice cartons, juice boxes, soup, broth & wine cartons (empty and clean/rinse, and dry; caps on)
Mail, office and school papers, magazines & catalogs, newspapers & inserts, phone books (clean; staples OK)
Food cans & beverage cans (empty; labels OK)
Glass Bottles and Jars
Brown, green & clear bottles, jars (empty & rinse; no lids)
Not Accepted Items
If your item isn't listed above, do not put it in your curbside recycling container. Below are common contaminants that should NOT be put in your recycling container:
- Tanglers like plastic bags, ropes, and hoses
- Hazardous materials like diapers, batteries, or aerosol cans
- Non-recyclable material like foil bags, plastic straw, plastic toys, scrap metal
- Items with mixed materials including oatmeal and peanut containers
Recycle electronics, appliances, mattresses, and more in 2023 at drop-off events with free and reduced prices (also includes free paper shredding)! Find a list of accepted items and pricing.
Need to set up garbage and yard waste pick-up service? Check out this video on how to get started. Weekly garbage service is required by code. Current haulers licensed in Fridley can be reached at:
|Ace Solid Waste
If you are looking for construction waste, a roll-off, apartment recycling, or commercial recycling, check the list of licensed garbage haulers to set up service.
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 reusable product for flower beds and vegetable gardens! The City does not pick up yard waste or Christmas trees.
Yard waste can't go in your curbside trash or organics bins. If you do not have a home composting set-up, you can subscribe to yard waste collection service through your garbage hauler or bring your yard waste to one of Anoka County's compost sites.
View the Anoka County website for compost sites information or call 763-767-7964.
Bulky Item Disposal
Check out an upcoming Anoka County Fix-It Clinic to see if your item can be fixed for free.
Search the Recycling and Disposal Directory for where you can take your item to be recycled
Or post your item to the local Buy Nothing group
Some items can't be recycled or donated. If you need to trash your item, contact your garbage hauler or bring it to an area landfill. The City of Fridley does not operate a landfill. Nearby landfills include:
Walters Recycling and Refuse
10191 Xylite St NE, Blaine, MN
Anoka Recycling and Disposal Center
440 Garfield Street W, Anoka, MN
10304 Naples St, Blaine, MN
Advanced Disposal Transfer Station
309 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN
This is a non-exhaustive list, the City encourages residents to conduct their own online search as well.
Hazardous Item Disposal
Hazardous waste can be brought to the Anoka County Household Hazardous Waste Facility for free. The facility is located at: 3230 101st Avenue NE, Blaine, MN 55014
Go to the website or call Anoka County Recycling & Resource Solutions at 763-324-3400 for hours, directions and always call them if you have any questions about whether you can bring a material to the Hazardous Waste Facility or not.
The Anoka County Household Hazardous Waste Facility generally accepts: Automotive Products, Fuel (like old gasoline), Used Oil and Oil Filters, Antifreeze, Household Cleaners, Nail polish and removers, Mothballs, Lawn And Garden Products, Fire extinguishers, Pesticides, Fertilizers, Chemicals, Home Improvement Products, Driveway Sealers, Paints, Paint Thinners, Roofing Tar, Wood Preservatives.
Smoke Detectors: Some smoke detectors have radioactive material and are illegal to throw in the trash. Call the manufacturer listed on the detector to see if that applies to your detector. If your detector has radioactive material, the manufacturer is obligated to take it back.
Licensed disposal companies can also take smoke detectors with radioactive material. You can search the Recycling directory for options.
Old Paint: Minnesota has signed on to participate in a new program for recycling paint called Paint Care. This is a product stewardship program-a new approach which allows participating stores that sell paint to accept used paint to be recycled. Residential paint and commercial paint is allowed. In the City of Fridley, Amazon Paint at 7180 West Commerce Circle is one of the paint recycling Paint Care participants. You can always call ahead to Amazon: (763) 572-0800 to find out their specifications. The Anoka County Hazardous Waste facility takes paint that has not dried out, paint thinner, paint stripper and turpentine, also wood preservatives.
Old Medications: The City of Fridley has a convenient medication drop box for expired, unwanted or overstock pharmaceuticals in the Police Department at the Civic Campus located at 7071 University Ave. NE. A large metal box in that lobby is the medication drop. Cross off your name on the medications; sharps not accepted.
- When is my recycling day?
- Can I get a bigger recycling cart?
- How is recycling billed?
- Does everything need to fit in the cart?
- Do I need to sort my recyclables?
- How do I recycle other items like appliances and electronics?
- Does the city-provided recycling service include apartments?
- How can I reduce unwanted mail?
Free Upgrade to Larger 96 Gallon Recycling Cart
If you need additional space for cardboard or other recycling, you may request a larger cart or an additional cart at no additional cost.
If you just have extra recycling for a short period of time (for example due to moving), you can place extra recycling in paper bags next to your cart or you can flat cardboard boxes and bundle them together with twine and place them next to the cart. Extra items in plastic bags won't be accepted.
Just moved to Fridley and wondering how garbage and recycling works in Fridley? Check out this video to get set up:
Additional Information about Curbside Recycling
- You do not need to sort recycling, all recyclable items can go in the cart.
- Extra cardboard that doesn’t fit in the recycling cart can be flattened, tied with twine, and set next to your recycling cart for pick-up. Cardboard must be cutdown to ensure that it can fit in a recycling cart to be loaded by the truck. Do not set out your extra cardboard on a day when it will get wet.
- Extra recycling can go in paper bags next to your cart; extra items in plastic bags won't be accepted.
- Place recycling loose in the cart, items contained in tied off plastic bags might get thrown out.
- Ensure that recyclables are clean, empty and dry so that they don’t contaminate other items in the recycling truck. Contaminated loads get sent to the trash.
- Don’t put plastic bags into the recycling cart .Check your local grocery store - many collect plastic bags for recycling. Visit PlasticFilmRecycling.org to learn what these stores collect.