Single Stream Recycling

What is single stream recycling?

Single stream recycling allows residential recyclers to place all recyclables into one bin, regardless of material type. This makes recycling easier for the consumer and increases participation throughout the community.

What are the benefits of a single stream system?
Simplifying the process results in higher consumer participation, more recyclables collected, and less waste in our landfills.

How is single stream waste sorted?
Tennis Recycling sorts single stream waste using its state-of-the-art separating system. It is designed and built around the unique needs and requirements of the community and specific materials it recycles. This system processes and separates all recyclables into reusable end products.

How does it work?
Once collected, materials are delivered to the Tennis Recycling Facility located in St. Paul Park, Minnesota to be processed in their single stream recycling facility. 

Tips for curbside recycling

  • Be sure to put your materials out by 7:00 am 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.

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.


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