Single Stream Recycling

The City of North St. Paul’s residential recycling service offers single-stream recycling. Single stream recycling allows all recyclables to be placed in one bin, regardless of material type. This simplified process makes it easier for us to collect more recycling and put less waste in our landfills.

Once your recycling is collected at the curbside, Tennis Sanitation, our provider, delivers all materials to their recycling facility located in St. Paul Park, Minnesota where they use state-of-the-art separating systems to process all recyclables into reusable end products.

Tips for curbside recycling

  • Be sure to put your materials out by 6:00 a.m. on your normal trash day.
  • Please prepare materials correctly and only include items accepted through our program. Including additional materials makes processing more costly. 
  • Please avoid breaking glass! Glass shards are difficult to sort by color, and even more difficult to market. 
  • Place all your recyclables loosely into your cart. No need to bag them, except for shredded paper and linens.
  • If you bag your recyclables, please use paper bags. There can be no plastic bags in your cart.

Please note: Due to the lack of end market recycling, retail plastic bags are NOT acceptable as part of our recycling program. Retail plastic bags will now need to be placed with your trash - or returned to your local retailer for recycling.



Do Not Include to following in your recycling cart

  • Food waste (for now!)
  • Sharps
  • #6 foam cups & containers
  • window glass, 
  • light bulbs
  • soiled food containers
  • wrapping or tissue paper
  • styrofoam and plastic bags
  • If recycling shredded paper, it must be placed in a sealed paper bag.

To recycle usable clothing or shoes, please place them in a plastic bag. Label this bag "linen" and place it on top of your recycling cart. These items are donated to:


Plastic & Metal

  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil (clean only)
  • Clean #1 - #7 plastic bottles, tubs and containers, landscape edging, plastic toys (except Styrofoam)
  • Empty aerosol cans (no caps)
  • Rinsed motor oil bottles
  • Scrap metal, pots and pans w/handles removed (household quantities)
  • Steel (tin) cans

Glass and Paper

  • Glass
  • Glass bottles and jars of any color (please avoid breaking glass; remove & recycle metal lids)
  • Paper
  • Office Paper (including computer, copier, plain fax paper, pastel colored paper (please NO wrapping paper, neon or other bright paper)
  • Newspapers & newspaper inserts (NO PLASTIC BAGS)
  • Magazines & Catalogs
  • Shredded Paper (enclosed in sealed paper bag)
  • Junk mail (please open your mail to remove any promotional stickers, credit cards or non-paper items)

Cardboard and Paperboard

  • Brown paper grocery bags
  • Corrugated cardboard (please remove all materials, packing and other items inside boxes, no need to break-down boxes)
  • Paperboard (cereal, cake, beer, soda, snack and chip boxes, clothing boxes, frozen food boxes)
  • Pizza boxes (please clean food particles and grease from box)


  • Black Take-Out Containers
  • Ceramics
  • Corks
  • Cups - Paper and Plastic
  • Deli Containers
  • Dishware
  • Disposable Dinnerware
  • Food Storage Bags
  • Gift Wrapping Paper
  • Glass Cookware
  • Hoses
  • Household Garbage
  • Light Bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Napkins
  • Plastic Bags
  • Pottery
  • Produce Containers
  • Solid Paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Vinyl Siding
  • Window Glass