Due to a recent contract change with the recycling processor, only plastics #1, #2 and #5 are accepted. This varies slightly from the recycle cart lid. Please contact Public Works with questions.
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 at 320-650-2900 for delivery of a recycling cart to your new address.
If you lose your recycling cart, please contact the Public Works Department at 320-650-2900 to make arrangements to have it replaced as soon as possible. Without a St. Cloud recycling cart, city crews will not pick up your recyclables. The cost of a replacement cart is $61.79 including tax. This fee may be added to your utility bill.
The pass-by fee is $9.30 per household per month. This recycling/pass-by fee is included on the resident's bi-monthly city utility bill and collected regardless if you recycle or not per city ordinance.
- Recycling and refuse are picked up on the same day, but by different trucks. To learn which day your recycling and rubbish will be picked up, enter your address in the pickup locator or call the Public Works Department at 320-656-2900.
- The city collects recyclable materials every other week using fully automated trucks. The weeks are designated as "Blue" week and "Green" week on the 2024 Recycling Calendar (PDF).
- Holidays may affect your pickup day, these changes are included in the Holiday Schedule.
- If you have extra recyclables that will not fit in your cart, you may put the extra in another container or box and place it next to your recycle cart.
- Recycling carts, containing other than what is accepted, will not be collected. Special pickup fees apply for contaminated recycling carts.
- Corrugated cardboard boxes must be broken down into pieces no bigger than 18" x 18".
Nonrecyclable items or improperly prepared materials will not be picked up.
Need a reminder of when it's your week to recycle? Visit the Notify Me page and sign up to receive reminders when it is the week to recycle. Reminders will be sent on Sunday evenings.
- On the designated recycling day, place the recycling cart as near as possible to the alley.
- If there is no alley, place the cart as near as possible to the street.
- The cart shall be set out for collection no later than 6:00 a.m. on the designated recycling day and no earlier than 6:00 p.m. 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 recycling cart shall face the street or alley and have a clearance of four feet from buildings, parked cars, trees, mailboxes and other objects to allow the automated equipment to work properly.
- The lid on the recycling cart must be completely closed in order for the cart to be emptied.
- Carts not properly set out for collection will not be emptied.
- After collection, remove the cart from the street or alley by 7:00 p.m.
- Carts 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.
For proper recycling procedures, please follow the instructions on the lid of your cart. Unacceptable items will not be collected. Carts containing unacceptable items can be emptied, as a special pickup, for a fee of $40 plus tax at the property owner's request.
- No separation of recyclables is needed.
- Do NOT place recyclable items in bags.
- Items must be empty and thoroughly rinsed.
- Caps should be removed from glass items.
- Labels do NOT need to be removed.
- Newspaper and junk mail should be clean and dry.
- Envelopes should have the cellophane windows removed.
- Corrugated cardboard boxes must be broken down into pieces no bigger than 18" x 18" and placed in recycling cart; for large quantities bundle the 18" x 18" pieces together with twine or string and placed next to your recycle cart.
- Shredded paper is no longer accepted in recycling.
Please follow the guidelines below for recycling under the City's program.
- Glass bottles and jars: Green, brown and clear glass is acceptable, but it must be thoroughly rinsed. Remove covers. Labels do not need to be removed.
- Unacceptable: Window glass, plate glass, mirrors, drinking glasses, dishes, light bulbs, or ceramics.
- Plastic disposable single use containers with a recycling symbol of #1, #2, & #5: Milk jugs, bottles, plastic food containers, yogurt cups, margarine and whip cream tubs. All items must be thoroughly rinsed. Covers and labels do not need to be removed.
- Unacceptable: styrofoam, plastic bags, motor oil or anti-freeze containers, paint pails, plastic manufactured household goods and furnishings such as laundry baskets, swimming pools, lawn chairs, tableware, plastic toys.
- Aluminum and bimetal (tin and steel) cans: Vegetable or beverage cans and pie tins that are empty and thoroughly rinsed; labels do not need to be removed.
- Unacceptable: Aluminum foil, clothes hangers, empty paint or aerosol cans, or pots and pans.
- Newspaper and inserts: All newspaper and inserts that come with the paper may be included. Newspaper should be clean and dry. Do not bundle and tie paper.
- Magazine, catalogs and telephone books
- Junk mail: Accounting paper, adding machine paper tape, computer printouts, copy paper (all colors), typing paper, letterhead, stationery, post-it notes, note paper, NCR paper, legal pad paper, greeting cards, manila file folders, paperback books, brown paper bags and envelopes (windows removed).
- Unacceptable: Hard cover books, gift wrapping paper, paper towels, tissue, paper napkins, used paper or styrofoam plates, waxed paper, styrofoam, bubble wrap, diapers, cigarette butts, construction paper, blueprints, pendaflex folders and carbon paper.
- Corrugated cardboard: Cut into 18” x 18” pieces or smaller. Larger pieces of cardboard may become lodged inside the cart causing the cart not to empty completely when tipped.
- Unacceptable: Delivery pizza boxes or corrugated cardboard contaminated with grease or food substances.
- Boxboard: Cereal, cake and cracker boxes, shoe boxes, pop and beer cases, paper milk cartons, juice boxes, broth and other paper cartons.
- Unacceptable: Ice cream cartons and boxboard contaminated with grease or food substances.
- Shredded paper is no longer accepted in recycling.
Each household shall be responsible for clearing snow and ice from around the base of the recycling cart of approximately four feet to allow collection crews access to the cart.
Carts cannot be placed on top of a snowbank for collection.