Traditional Recycling

The City of Golden Valley has provided a traditional recycling service since 1987 and currently contracts with Republic Services. It is funded through a grant from Hennepin County and user fees on utility bills.

Service Days

Pick-up is every other Friday for curbside customers. You are in either the blue service week or the gray service week (find your service week). 

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 763-972-3335 before noon the following Monday. Tell the customer service representative you are calling to report a missed pick-up and leave your address.

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 to 5 feet away from other objects (trash containers, mailboxes, cars, trees, bushes, etc).

If your pick-up week falls during one of the following holiday weeks (unless a 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.


  • Mail, office, and school papers
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Phone books


  • Cardboard
  • Cereal and cracker boxes
  • Shoe boxes, gift boxes, and electronics boxes
  • Toothpaste, medication, and other toiletry boxes


  • Milk cartons
  • Juice boxes
  • Soup, broth, and wine cartons


  • Food and beverage bottles and jars

Plastic bottles and jugs

  • Water, soda, and juice bottles
  • Milk and juice jugs
  • Ketchup and salad dressing bottles
  • Dishwashing liquid bottles and detergent jugs
  • Shampoo, soap, and lotion bottles

Cups and containers

  • Yogurt, pudding, and fruit cups
  • Clear disposable cups and bowls
  • Margarine, cottage cheese, and other containers
  • Produce, deli, and takeout containers


  • Food and beverage cans