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Recycling System
How the System Works
Central Services Facility
1200 15th Ave. SE
St. Cloud, MN  56301

Ph: (320) 650-2900

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
The city collects recyclable materials every other week using fully automated trucks.  Recycling and refuse are picked up on the same day, but by different trucks. The cost for recycling is $7.48 per household per month. This recycling/pass-by fee is included on the resident’s bi-monthly city utility bill. Contact the Public Works Department at 320-650-2900 to learn what day you have recycling pickup at your address. 

Recycling Cart
Each user household in the City is provided with a blue recycling cart imprinted with “City of St. Cloud.” If you move, please leave the recycling cart at the old address for the new owner. If you construct a new house, please contact the Public Works Department for delivery of a recycling cart to your new address. If you lose your recycling cart, please make arrangements to have it replaced as soon as possible. Without a St. Cloud recycling cart, City crews will not pick up your recyclables. 

Ordering a Replacement Cart
Contact the Public Works Department at 320-650-2900 to arrange to have a recycling cart delivered to your residence. The cost of a replacement cart is $61.79 including tax. This fee may be added to your utility bill.

Recyclable Materials
The following items are accepted under the City's program:

Glass bottles and jars
Green, brown and clear glass is acceptable, but it must be thoroughly rinsed with covers removed; labels do not need to be removed. Unacceptable: Window glass, plate glass, mirrors, drinking glasses, dishes, light bulbs or ceramics.

Plastic items with a recycling symbol of #1 through #6
Milk jugs, bottles, plastic food containers, yogurt cups, margarine and whip cream tubs. All items shall be thoroughly rinsed. Covers and labels do not need to be removed. Unacceptable: Plastic bags (return to local retailers), motor oil or anti-freeze containers and paint pails.

Aluminum and bimetal (tin and steel)
Vegetable, soup or beverage cans and pie tins that are empty and thoroughly rinsed; labels need not be removed. Unacceptable: Aluminum foil, clothes hangers, empty paint or aerosol cans, pots and pans.

All inserts that come with the paper may be included. Newspaper should be clean. Do not bundle and tie paper.

Accounting paper, adding machine paper tape, computer printouts, copy paper, typing paper, letterhead, stationery, post-it notes, note paper, NCR paper, legal pad paper, greeting cards, manila file folders, paperback books, junk mail and envelopes (plastic windows do not need to be removed), brown paper bags and shredded paper (contained in a closed paper bag). Unacceptable: Gift wrapping paper, paper towels, tissues, paper napkins, used paper or styrofoam plates, waxed paper, styrofoam, bubble wrap, diapers, cigarette butts, construction paper, blueprints, pendaflex folders, carbon paper and hardcover books.

Magazines, catalogs and telephone books

Corrugated cardboard (wavy inner liner)
Cut corrugated cardboard into 18" x 18" pieces or smaller. Larger pieces of cardboard may become lodged inside the cart causing your cart not to empty completely when tipped. Unacceptable: Corrugated cardboard contaminated with grease or food substances (pizza delivery boxes).

Cereal, cake and cracker boxes, egg cartons, shoe boxes, pop and beer cases, paper milk cartons, juice boxes, broth and other paper cartons. Unacceptable: Styrofoam, ice cream cartons and waxed boxboard.

Preparing Recyclable Items
Place glass bottles and jars, tin and aluminum cans, plastic items, corrugated cardboard and paper products into your recycling cart. No separation or bagging is needed. Do not use plastic bags.

Placement of Cart
On the designated recycling day, place the recycling cart as near as possible to the alley, or to the street if you don't have an alley.  Set cart out for collection no later than 6:00 a.m. on designated recycling day but no later than 6:00 pm the preceding day.  Pickup times for recycling on a particular route may change due to weather delay, equipment problems or other unforeseen circumstances.  The front side of the cart shall face the street or alley and have a clearance of 4 feet from buildings, parked cars, trees, mailboxes and other objects to allow the automated equipment to work properly.  Carts will not be emptied if not set out for collection properly.  The lid on the cart must be completed closed in order for the cart to be emptied.  After collection, remove the cart from the street by 7:00 pm.  The cart may be stored outside as long as the lid of the cart is kept securely closed at all times to prevent recycling from blowing out of the cart and to keep rain and snow from accumulating inside it.

Removal of Snow
Each household shall be responsible for clearing snow and ice from around the base of the recycling cart of approximately 4 feet to allow collection crews access to the cart.  Any cart that does not have the snow and ice removed will not be emptied.  Carts cannot be placed on top of a snowbank for collection.