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 or check payment only. 

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.


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.- 3:00 p.m.  
Appliances $6 each
Air conditioners/water softeners (salt removed) $12 each
Cash or check payment only. 
*More details about dates and items accepted here*
Items not listed: Call 763-767-6485 for price. 

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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.  Put these items in the mixed paper roll off dumpster.
  • 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 $20 per vehicle / load, cash or check payment only.

Carpet Requirements:

  • Residential carpet only
  • Must be rolled by type (old, new or pad) and tied with string or twine (no duct tape).
  • Rolls must not be more than 6 ft. wide and 20 ft. long
  • Loose material or scraps not accepted.
  • Carpet and pad must be dry - no wet carpet/pad accepted.
  • Tack strips, nails, staples or knife blades not allowed.
  • Cut out seaming tape.
  • Wet glue, debris, refuse, rocks or caked mud not allowed.
  • Only minimal amount of loose dirt in carpet/pad accepted.
  • Fiber or separated foam padding accepted
  • Rubber backed carpet or rubber pads not accepted.
  • Carpet tiles not accepted.
  • Co-mingled refuse not accepted.

CDs & DVDs

CDs and DVDs are recyclable removed from the case. They may be placed in the plastic 3-7 container.

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1st and 3rd Saturdays each month (excluding holidays) from 9 am. - 3 pm. Cash or check payment only. 
*More details about dates and items accepted here*

Type of Electronic Fee
Televisions and monitors up to 18"  $15 Each
Televisions and monitors 19" -  32"  $20 Each
Televisions and monitors over 32" $25 Each
Console, projection and wood Televisions all sizes  $30 Each
Small electronics, DVD/VCR players, stereos, record players,
coffee makers, toaster ovens, printers, vacuums, video game consoles
 $ 4 Each
Computer towers, laptops, cellphones, keyboards Free

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, cash or check only. All extinguishers are accepted.

Fluorescent Lamps

The first 5 are accepted at no charge. Only lamps from residents will be accepted. Residents must show their ID. Cash or check payment only. 
Type  Price
 4 Foot Lamps  $0.25
 8 Foot Lamps  $0.50
 Compact, U, or O Shape  $0.40
 Broken Bulbs  $1.00
 High Intensity Discharge (HID)  $1.00
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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 unable to be donated can be recycled. The cost is $15 per piece, cash or check only.  1st Saturday of the month - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2016 Mattress Recycling dates:
January 2, February 6, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 9 (Closed July 2-3), August 6, September 10 (Closed September 3), October 1, November 5 & December 3


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
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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 shapes and sizes of plastic, including clamshell containers
  • #2: All shapes and sizes
  • #3: All food containers and laundry (No PVC Pipe, plumbing or conduit)
  • #4: All lids and food containers
  • #5: All plastic
  • #6: All plastic, CD cases, take out trays, meat trays or cups (no foam egg cartons)
  • #7: All plastic bags

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.

Propane Tanks

Propane tanks larger than 1# and up to 40# accepted free of charge. Tanks must be empty.  1# tanks not accepted.
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Rigid Styrofoam

Material must be white, rigid, clean, dry and uncontaminated. Remove all tape, stickers, labels, cardboard, 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. 


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.
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Styrofoam Products

Styrofoam cups, trays, take out boxes, egg cartons. Do not combine with rigid block foam (sorted in separate bins).

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. Cash or check payment only. 


Type On Rim Cost Off 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 (24 Inches or Smaller)  $35 each  $25 each
 Tractor Tires (24 Inches or Larger)  $45 each  $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

No aluminum strips, PVC pipe or vinyl gutters will be accepted.   

Items Not Accepted for Recycling

Remodeling Waste including:

  • Drywall
  • Furniture
  • Patio doors and screens
  • Railroad Ties
  • Fiberglass
  • Toilets
  • Windows and window glass
  • Wood

Unusable Furniture
Treated wood including doors, furniture, decks and others
Child Car Seats
Styrofoam with tape, cardboard and other items attached


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.

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