Recycling and Sustainability

2 Simple Steps

EMPTY all contents from containers into the trash or pour it down the drain.

RINSE all containers with water to remove food and residue.


Trying to recycle food-soaked or half-full containers can increase sorting times, slow down the recycling process, and ruin loads of sorted recyclables. When that happens, everything could end up in a landfill. It also drives up costs. 

Instead, go back to the basics. Follow these two simple steps to keep your recycling out of a landfill... and save money on your trash bill.

The Problem with Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are the number one contaminate collected with recycling. Don’t bag your recyclables in plastic – always use paper bags.

Plastic Bags Tangled in Sorting Machine

This is where plastic bags end up when you put them in your curbside recycling bin! The bags tangle around the spokes of sorting machines and can jam up and break the equipment.

Plastic bags can be recycled at the Coon Rapids Recycling Center or many local retailers.

Still not convinced? Watch this video to see why plastic bags are a problem.

Fluorescent Bulbs

Fluorescent bulbs NOW accepted!

Beginning in November, the Coon Rapids Recycling Center now accepts fluorescent light bulbs.

Any Anoka County resident may recycle used fluorescent bulbs at the Coon Rapids Recycling Center. Incandescent bulbs may go in the trash.

PLEASE NOTE: Bulbs will not be accepted from businesses and other organizations due to contractual agreements. Businesses and other organizations can bring bulbs to Green Lights Recycling located at 10040 Davenport St NE, Blaine, 763-785-0456.

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