Acceptable Recyclables


The Recycling Center is located at 1831 111th Avenue NW, 1 block east of Hanson Boulevard.

Large Items

When bringing in large items other than appliances or electronics, please bring your own help. Staff is not allowed to lift/load large items.


Items that have a fee  must be paid at time of drop off. Coon Rapids Recycling Center accepts cash, credit card or check payment. Fees are listed with each category.

Acceptable Recyclable Materials

The Recycling Center collects the following recyclable items listed below only.  Any trash brought to the site by mistake must be taken with you for proper disposal.

*NOW ACCEPTED* Fluorescent Bulbs

Fluorescent bulbs are accepted for free from Anoka County residents only. Incandescent bulbs can be thrown in the trash. Bulbs will not be accepted from businesses and other organizations due to contractual agreements. Businesses and other organizations can bring bulbs to Green Lights Recycling located at 10040 Davenport Street NE, Blaine, 763-785-0456.

Styrofoam (Rigid block & shape)

Block & shape Styrofoam is thick and heavy. It is packing material for electronics or appliances typically. Material must be white, rigid, clean, dry and uncontaminated. Remove all tape, stickers, labels, cardboard, glue, etc. Accepted in cardboard boxes or clear plastic bags, no black plastic bags allowed. Staff may refuse material if it doesn’t meet standards, and then must be taken away. 

We cannot accept insulation, colored material, or hot tub covers.

Styrofoam (Food Grade)

We are currently running a pilot program for food grade Styrofoam to test how this material mixes with our other foam.  Meat trays, cups and take out containers are currently accepted on a trial period only. Material must be clean and dry. Only solid white material is accepted. No printed or colored material is allowed.

Scrap Metal

Please remove all non-metal material. Grills and snow blowers may be recycled with scrap metal- remove wheels, any fuel and all non-metal pieces. No compressed air cylinders allowed. All metal MUST be placed INSIDE the roll-off containers. Bring assistance with you if needed. Foil lined bags or candy wrappers do not belong in scrap metal.

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Antifreeze accepted, do not mix with other fluids.

Appliances- Beginning January 7

Bring appliances to the Coon Rapids Recycling Center during regular business hours. We no longer host special weekend events.
*More details about dates and items accepted here*

Items Not Accepted for Recycling

Remodeling Waste including:

  • Drywall
  • Patio doors and screens
  • Railroad Ties
  • Fiberglass
  • Toilets
  • Windows and window glass
  • Wood
  • Large plastic items
  • Paint

Other items including:

  • Furniture of any type
  • Treated wood including doors, furniture, decks and others
  • Child Car Seats
  • Styrofoam with tape, cardboard and other items attached
  • Styrofoam eggs cartons, take out boxes, meat trays or cups
  • Large plastic items, lawn furniture
  • Plastic #3, #4, #6, #7 have been discontinued at this time

Where May I take Construction/Demolition Waste for Recycling?

SKB Environmental in Blaine will take construction/demolition waste for recycling. Visit the company’s website for more information.

For More Information

Please check with the Recycling Center first before bringing other items not listed. For disposal options, call your trash hauler or Elk River Landfill 763-441-2464, or Walters transfer station 763-780-8464.

Have a specific item and don’t know how to dispose of it properly? Not sure if it’s recyclable? Send us your questions!

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