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.


All fees for items must be paid at time of drop off. Coon Rapids Recycling Center accepts cash, credit card or check payment.

Acceptable Recyclable Materials

The Recycling Center collects the following recyclable items 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.


Antifreeze accepted, do not mix with other fluids.


Bring appliances to the Coon Rapids Recycling Center the 1st and 3rd Saturday monthly (excluding holidays) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All appliances/Air conditioners/water softeners (salt removed) $15 each
*More details about dates and items accepted here*

Items not listed: Call 763-767-6485 for price.

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The Recycling Center does not accept ballasts. The Anoka County Hazardous waste facility will take ballasts from residents of Anoka County at no charge.

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All batteries are accepted for recycling including auto, alkaline, and rechargeable batteries.


All bicycles are accepted in all conditions.


All types of books are accepted for recycling.

Boxes & Food Cartons

  • Only boxes that have been kept dry accepted. Boxes that have been in the refrigerator or freezer not accepted.
  • Cake, cracker, cereal and fruit snack boxes accepted.
  • Juice boxes, milk, soup, broth and wine cartons are accepted.
  • Pop and Beer cartons need to be placed in the black box. These boxes must be kept separate from other paper and cardboard because they contain a wet-strength additive.

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Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated cardboard is the only accepted form of cardboard. Staples and tape must be removed.


Carpet is accepted and is collected during regular Recycling Center hours. The fee is $30 per three (3) cubic yard load. Commercial loads are subject to higher fees.

Carpet Requirements:

  • Carpet and pad must be dry - no wet carpet/pad accepted.
  • Rolled residential carpet accepted.
  • Commercial carpet accepted only with prior approval.
  • Maximum 6 feet in length of rolls accepted.
  • Rolls should be tied with ducts tape or twine.
  • Separate urethane carpet or rubber pad.
  • No rubber backed carpet or pad accepted.
  • No carpet tile or other rigid flooring.
  • No carpet scraps or trimmings.
  • Smallest size accepted is 3 feet by 5 feet.
  • Tack strips, nails, staples or knife blades not allowed.
  • No wet glue, debris, refuse, rocks or caked mud allowed.
  • Minimal loose dirt.

CDs & DVDs

CDs and DVDs are not recyclable at this time. However, these items are accepted for re-use. Place these items in the green box outside the Recycling Center gate labeled "A Greener Read".

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1st and 3rd Saturdays each month (excluding holidays) from 9 am. to 3 pm.

*More details about dates and items accepted here*

Type of ElectronicFee
Televisions and monitors up to 18 inches$15 Each
Televisions and monitors 19 inches to 32 inches$25 Each
Televisions and monitors over 32 inches$40 Each
Console or rear projection televisions$50 Each
All wooden TVs additional fee$5 Each
Small electronics: remote controls, keyboards, mice, pagers, MP3 players, small calculators
Intermediate Electronics: hair dryer, curling irons, similar small sized items
$.50 per pound
$.50 per pound
Medium electronics: DVD/VCR players, stereos, record players, coffee makers, toaster ovens, printers, vacuums, video game consoles, computer towers with hard drive$.50 per Pound
Computer towers (without hard drives), laptops, cellphones, keyboardsFree

Scheduling Electronic Pick-Ups

If you are unable to get to the Recycling Center, several companies pick up electronics once a week. For more information, please contact the Recycling Coordinator at 763-767-6485.


Please drain all oil filers. Only residential filters will be accepted. No business waste will be accepted.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers will be accepted for a fee of $2.50 per extinguisher. All extinguishers are 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.

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Glass Containers

  • Food/beverage, bottles and jars - please rinse
  • Window glass, dishes, or light bulbs not accepted.

Holiday Lights

All holiday lights, strings and electrical cords are accepted for recycling year round.

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Mattresses, box springs, foam mattress toppers unable to be donated can be recycled.

The cost is $15 per piece. First Saturday of the month - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2019 Mattress Recycling dates: January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7

Metal Cans

Rinse out aluminum, tin and steel cans. No aerosol or paint cans accepted.

Mixed Paper

  • Envelopes
  • Magazines
  • Mixed mail
  • Office paper
  • Phone books
  • School papers
  • Soft cover books
  • Shred paper- for paper already shred, place in a brown grocery bag, fold over and place in the mixed paper container.

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Motor Oil (Used)

5 gallon limit. No business waste accepted.


All newspaper including supplements are accepted.

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All items must have recycling symbol and number. If the item is not marked we are unable to take it. Any item larger than a 5 gallon bucket will not be accepted.

Acceptable Types

  • #1: All plastic
  • #2: All plastic
  • #5: All plastic

Plastic Bags

  • Bread bags
  • Cereal bags
  • Dry cleaning
  • Frozen food bags with all food residue removed
  • Newspaper bags
  • Plastic grocery
  • Plastic stretch / shrink wrap
  • Plastic wrap from paper products
  • Plastic zipper bags with rigid closing mechanism and food residue removed
  • Produce bags
  • Retail bags (string or hard plastic ties removed)
  • Softener salt bags with plastic handles removed
  • No foil-lined plastic bags

All material must be clean and dry. NO BLACK BAGS.

Propane Tanks

Propane tanks larger than 1# and up to 40# accepted free of charge. Tanks must be empty.

1# tanks not accepted. (Anoka County Hazardous Waste will accept these)

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Rigid Styrofoam (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. Styrofoam meat trays, cups and take out containers are not accepted.

Scrap Metal

Please remove all non-metal material. Grills and snowblowers may be recycled with scrap metal- remove wheels, any fuel and all non-mental pieces. No compressed air cylinders allowed. All metal MUST be placed INSIDE the roll-off containers.

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Textiles & Clothing

All clothing, outerwear, shoes and household textiles can be recycled here by WearEver Recycling. The white box is located outside the main gate at the Recycling Center and can be accessed 24/7.


No business tires will be accepted.

TypeOn Rim CostOff Rim Cost
Passenger Tires$2.50 each$2.50 each
Light Truck Tires$2.50 each$2.50 each
Semi Truck Tires$15 each$12 each
Tractor Tires$45each$35 each
ATV or Motorcycle Tires$2 each$2 each

Other Recycling Options

Tire recycling is available where tires are sold. Mosquito control will pick up tires without rim only free of charge. Call 651-645-9149 for more information.

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Vegetable Oil

Vegetable based oils are accepted. Grease, bacon grease or Crisco grease not accepted.

Vinyl Siding

We are not taking vinyl siding at this time.

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

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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