Curbside Recycling/Organics 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 Other Materials?

Check out Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide

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?).

2021 Blue/Gray Service Week Calendar

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).

+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.

+Organics Recycling

Similar to your trash or recycling service, a hauler will pick up organic materials on a scheduled basis. This includes food scraps, greasy or soiled paper products, and other compostable products. Per Hennepin County ordinance, cities are required to provide the opportunity for single-family to fourplex residential households to participate in curbside collection of organic material by Jan 1, 2022.

Importance Of Organics Recycling

In Hennepin County, approximately 25 percent of materials found in residential trash would be accepted for organics recycling. Recycling these organic materials instead of throwing them away presents one of the biggest opportunities to reduce what ends up in the landfill. While in landfills, organic materials rot and emit methane, a greenhouse gas that is 30 times more potent than CO2. By diverting these materials from landfills and recycling them, we reduce emissions and create a valuable resource, like nutrient-rich compost used in yards, gardens, and landscaping and construction projects. Compost helps reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides, improving soil and protecting local water quality.

What Golden Valley Is Doing

Following its goals in the Resilience and Sustainability chapter of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, the City Council has decided to move forward with an Organized, All-In, Everyone Pays, Curbside Organics program, very similar to its current mixed recycling program. This option was chosen because it offers the best pricing to residents, and offers the best opportunity for residents to participate. It also presents the best opportunity to accomplish the City’s waste reduction goals. See below for additional information about the timing and roll out of this program.

Virtual Open House

Watch the Virtual Organics Recycling Open House. If you are already familiar with some aspects of organics recycling, use the time stmaps below the video to watch specific video segments.

What's Happening

  • Nov 2020: Staff presents information on draft Request for Proposals to City Council.
  • Jan 2021: City issues the Request for Proposal.
  • Feb–March 2021: Proposals are evaluated, one proposal is selected, and contract negotiations begin.
  • Fall 2021: Final recycling and organics contract is approved.
  • Jan 2022: Curbside pickup begins in Golden Valley.

Guidance Documents

What You Can Do Before January 2022

  • Contact your trash hauler.
  • Drop organics off at a Hennepin County facility.
    • Organics are accepted for free Tue–Sat at Hennepin County drop-off facilities during normal facility hours (limit of five bags per person per day). Organics must be brought in BPI-certified compostable plastic bags. Learn more about what is accepted and the drop-off site locations in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington.
  • Hennepin County Zero Waste Initiatives
  • Backyard Composting

    Composting converts organic matter, such as food waste, leaves, and grass clippings, to a more usable soil or mulch. Compost is nutrient-rich, helps hold moisture in light, sandy soil, and improves drainage in heavy soil. Learn more about Golden Valley's yard composting requirements.

    +Curbside Textile Hauling


    WasteZero is a certified B-Corp which specializes in reducing waste, increasing recycling, and saving money. The organization has partnered with more than 800 towns, cities, counties, state agencies, and private organizations since 1991 and is hoping to solve the problem with next-generation waste reduction programs, like Simple Recycling.

    How Simple Recyling Works

    1. logoSimple Recycling mails bags to residents to be filled.
    2. Residents place used clothing and other unwanted home goods in the bag.
    3. Residents then request a pick up via and place the filled bag next to their curb.
    4. A transit van is then sent to retrieve the bags on the same day as resident’s recycling pickup. New bags are redistributed upon pickup or upon request by residents.
    5. Approximately 30 percent of the collected material is distributed to thrift stores, 30% to overseas markets, and the remainder is shredded to provide material for insulation and industrial wipers.
    6. The City of Golden Valley receives compensation of $20 per ton of gathered materials.

    Report A Missed Pick Up

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    Request Service

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