Needles, Plastic Bags, And Loose Shredded Paper Are Never To Be Recycled

A recent audit of Golden Valley’s recycling done by Republic Services, the City’s recycling provider, showed a contamination of needles in the material. The contamination caused a shutdown of operations at the recycling facility due to a health and safety concern for employees. The City of Golden Valley and Republic Services would like to take this opportunity to remind residents about what can and cannot be recycled.

  • Needles used for medical purposes are a recycling contaminant and pose danger to recycling facility workers. Hennepin County offers free needles and sharps drop-off facilities (learn more).
  • Plastic bags cannot be recycled in your curbside collection container. Plastic bags should be returned to the retailer or taken to a Hennepin County waste disposal facility.
  • Shredded paper should be placed in a paper bag and closed with a single staple. Loose shredded paper contaminates other recyclable materials and reduces the amount of material that can be recycled.

The facility receives most of Golden Valley’s recycling and is usually able to recycle most of the waste it brings in, but there is definitely room for improvement. For more information about recycling in Golden Valley, visit the City recycling web page.

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