Recycling and Sustainability
Alloy Brewing owners pose with award

Community Sustainability Partnership

Featured Business: Alloy Brewing

Congratulations to our newest sustainability partner Alloy Brewing, which donates leftover grain from their brewing process to a local farmer for animal feed. Alloy’s lighted sign is also powered by solar energy!

Want to join the partnership? The City is always on the lookout for businesses and community organizations that go green. If you work for or own a business in Coon Rapids that supports sustainable business practices let us know. Being an eco-friendly organization can look like many different things. Great examples might include sustainable purchasing programs, buying local for your business supplies or inventory, using LED lighting, or implementing a recycling program. Share your ideas with us!

The initiative, through the Coon Rapids Sustainability Commission, recognizes businesses for a variety of efforts and wants to help them achieve their eco-friendly goals.

Businesses can submit an online form and receive an overall score to earn bronze, silver, gold or platinum recognition. City staff members are available to offer site visits, resources and additional information.  

Click here for more information.

New Recycling Standards

Now in Effect

The City Council took action in June to establish clear recycling guidelines for apartments and other multi-unit housing complexes. The change clears up some inconsistencies that were found in the City Code related to how frequently multi-unit housing should provide recycling collection.

The ordinance establishes a new minimum standard for all multi-unit buildings. Property owners are now required to: provide educational materials to residents, clearly label trash and recycling containers, and follow a recycling quantity standard of 10 gallons/unit per week.

Most of the multi-unit housing in Coon Rapids currently meets these standards and staff continues to offer assistance and training for property owners. City staff worked with several multi-unit complexes during the past two years to establish the recycling ordinance and began enforcing the minimum requirements October 1.

Bin of shredded paper

Paper Shredding Event

Saturday, November 2

If you have large amounts of household paper to shred, this free event is your chance. 

Paper shredding events are held four times a year at the Coon Rapids Recycling Center. Join us at the next event on Saturday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Your documents will be loaded in a provided cart and then emptied on site into a mobile shredding truck. Please Note: There is a five box limit for paper shredding events.

The truck uses a cross cut shredder assuring your documents are in confetti sized pieces. Once you have moved through the line you are welcome to drop off your cardboard boxes at the recycling center. Please take any trash with you. 

Paper shredding is provided free to all Anoka County residents and small businesses.

Watch Now

Recycling Etiquette 101

CTN's Steve Antus speaks with Coon Rapids Recycling Coordinator Colleen Sinclair to break down what should and should not go in your recycling bin.

Learn more in this short video.

Still frame of garbage truck with play button to click

Mark Your Calendar

Winter Events at Coon Rapids Recycling Center

November 2
Appliance and Electronic Recycling, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mattress Recycling, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Paper Shredding, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

November 16
Appliance and Electronic Recycling, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

November 28-29
Recycling Center CLOSED for Thanksgiving

December 7
Appliance and Electronic Recycling, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mattress Recycling, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

December 21
Appliance and Electronic Recycling, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

December 24-25
Recycling Center CLOSED for Christmas Holiday

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