Curbside Recycling Program

The City of Golden Valley has provided a curbside recycling service since 1987. It is funded through a grant from Hennepin County and user fees on utility bills.

Missed Pick-Up or Need a New Cart?

Call 952-941-5174

Looking To Dispose Of Materials?

Check out Hennepin County's Drop-Off Facilities

Pick-Up Schedule

Pick-up is every other Friday for curbside customers. You are in either the blue service week or the gray service week (What is my Service Week?).

On collection day, have your recycling cart at the curb by 6:30 am (late set-outs do not qualify as missed pick-ups). Make sure cart handles and wheels face away from the street and that carts are placed 3–5 feet away from other objects (trash containers, mail boxes, cars, trees, bushes, etc). Republic Services will resume collecting materials placed outside of the recycling cart Feb 1, 2021.

2021 Blue/Gray Service Week Calendars

+Missed Pick-Ups

If your recycling is at your curb by 6:30 am on collection day and it still doesn't get picked up, call Republic Services at 952-941-5174 (select Option 3 twice) before noon the following Monday. Tell the customer service representative you are calling to report a missed pick-up and leave your address.

+Need A Different Cart?

If you need a new or different size cart, call Republic Services at 952-941-5174.

+Holiday Schedule

If your pick-up week falls during one of the following holiday weeks (unless holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday), pick-up will be one day later than normal:

  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

If your pick-up week does not fall during one of these holiday weeks, pick-up will be Friday as usual.

  • What can I recycle?
  • What can't I recycle?
  • newspapersNewspaper & newspaper inserts
  • magazinesMagazines & catalogs
  • junk mailAll junk mail, envelopes, office & school papers (all colors)
  • cardboardCardboard (break down boxes)
  • phone booksPhone books
  • boxboardCereal & cracker-type boxes
  • brown bagBrown paper sacks/bags
  • cansAluminum, steel, & tin cans
  • glassGlass bottles & jars
  • plasticsPlastics: bottles and jugs, cups and containers
  • asepticJuice boxes & other paper cartons


  • No garbage
  • No plastic bags
  • No food waste
  • No food tainted items (used paper plates, paper towels, or paper napkins)
  • No pizza boxes
  • No egg cartons
  • No wax-coated cartons
  • No ice-cream cartons
  • No aluminum foil
  • No styrofoam (like cups/plates & packaging)
  • No aerosol cans, propane tanks or helium tanks
  • No batteries or electronics
  • No diapers
  • No clothing or shoes
  • No tools
  • No toys
  • No medical waste
  • No construction waste

Storing Your Cart

If you choose to store your recycling cart outside, follow the City ordinance (Chapter 22 - Article 2) and make sure it is always located behind the front of the primary structure (house) and is no more than 3 feet away from the house or accessory structure (garage).

Carts may be placed at the curb from 5 pm the day before collection to 9 pm the day of collection.