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Recycling, Garbage, & Yard Waste

Recycling, Garbage, & Yard Waste


Randy's Sanitation picks up recycling every other Tuesday in Osseo. Place your recyclables together in your green and yellow cart at curbside (or alley, if alley pickup). This is your Recycling Guide.

If you are an alley resident, recycling containers must be placed on the west side of the alley for collection.  (If you are an alley resident, garbage containers must be placed on the east side of the alley for collection.)

The Osseo recycling calendar can be found here: 2018 Osseo Recycling Calendar and 2019 Osseo Recycling Calendar.

FREE Organics Recycling is as Easy as 1 2 3. You and your household can help our community convert food waste and food-soiled paper into nutrient-rich compost that fortifies lawns, flower beds, backyard, and community gardens, small vegetable and berry farms and rain gardens. To become a Blue Bag Organics® household, contact Randy's Environmental Services at 763-972-3335 or click on this brochure link, for more details.

Questions, call Randy's Sanitation at 763-972-3335.

Recycling in commercial buildings 
Property owners with any commercial building, including multi-family buildings, in Hennepin County must begin collecting recycling as of January 1, 2016. Hennepin County can help make your business recycling a success. Get funds, bins, signs and onsite assistance at www.hennepin.us/businessrecycling.

Hennepin County also has a recycling program for residents in the county. You can log on to the Hennepin County Recycling website here for more information regarding their programs.  

Paint Recycling - In addition to Hennepin County Recycling, which accepts paint from Hennepin County residents at no charge, follow www.paintcare.org for other locations that accept paint from residents, non-residents and businesses at no charge. Click on each location for their specific requirements.

Garbage and Recycling

Garbage must be kept in containers designed to hold garbage prior to time of collection. Containers are not to be visible from the street except on day of collection.

Place your Blue Bag Organics® bag in with regular trash in your brown lid cart and place at curbside (or alley, if alley pickup). Bins should not be placed onto the street.

Place your recyclables together in your brown with tan lid cart at curbside (or alley, if alley pickup). Bins should not be placed onto the street.

Questions on container sizes, billing, and holiday schedule, please call Randy's Sanitation at 763-972-3335.

TUESDAYS are garbage & seasonal yard waste collection day. Every other Tuesday is recycling collection, see schedule.

If you are an alley resident, garbage containers must be placed on the east side of the alley for collection.

If you are an alley resident, recycling containers must be placed on the west side of the alley for collection.



Yard Waste Disposal

Yard waste includes grass clippings, leaves, weeds, garden wastes, pine cones, acorns, twigs, and prunings less than four inches in diameter. Yard waste does NOT include trees, brush, or branches having a diameter of more than four inches, rocks, concrete, or other similar materials, fruit, ashes, dead animals, sod, lumber, or pond weed. Brush and branch trimmings less than four inches in diameter should be bundled (no more than 4 feet long and 20 inches in overall diameter).

Yard waste can be disposed of in the following ways:

It can be picked up by Randy's Sanitation on the regular garbage day if properly bagged or bundled. Yard waste pick up begins in April and ends in November, weather permitting. If you have questions, call Randy's Sanitation at 763-972-3335.

Larger yard waste can be brought to the Maple Grove Yard Waste Drop Off Site located on 101st Avenue North, just west of Fernbrook Lane in Maple Grove. Please note: there will be a charge for Osseo residents.

Trees and large brush can be disposed of by calling Elk River landfill at 763-441-2464.

Waste Disposal

For information on recycling, problem materials, household hazardous & non-hazardous wastes, commercial hazardous wastes, call Hennepin County at 612-348-3777 or visit the Hennepin County website.

The Brooklyn Park Drop Off facility is located just south of Osseo at 8100 Jefferson Highway, Brooklyn Park, MN.

Needles & Sharps

Starting March 1, 2016, needles and sharps will be accepted from households for disposal at Hennepin County’s Drop-off Facilities in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington. For proper prep and directions, go to www.hennepin.us/green-disposal-guide/items/needles-sharps.

Choose to Reuse - update from Hennepin County website

Green thinkers, unite! Check out the new Choose to Reuse website www.hennepin.us/choosetoreuse

Keep usable stuff out of the trash and obtain quality items without buying new with the Hennepin County Choose to Reuse website, www.hennepin.us/choosetoreuse. The website is a gathering space for Twin Cities green thinkers that will help you make sustainable choices for everyday living.

Features of the Choose to Reuse website include:

• A listing of more than 600 local places to sell, donate, buy, repair, rent, and share items.
• A Google Maps function to locate reuse resources near your zip code.
• “Spotlight on Reuse” articles that take a deep dive into reuse topics, such as cloth diapering and the negatives of fast fashion.
• Local event highlights to keep you in the loop on area Fix-It Clinics, neighborhood garage sales, classes and more.

Non-reusable clothes and lines are now accepted at Hennepin County Drop-Off facilities, including Brooklyn Park. Check out this Recycle non-reusable clothing and linens flyer. 

Choosing to reuse helps us live sustainably by reducing waste, protecting natural resources, conserving energy, preventing pollution, and saving money. With a click on a computer or smart phone, Hennepin County residents can easily learn more at the Choose to Reuse website: www.hennepin.us/choosetoreuse.

Zero Waste Challenge will help households slash their trash

Hennepin County is looking for households to participate in its Zero Waste Challenge beginning this fall, an opportunity to get hands-on help to make low-waste lifestyle changes.

The county seeks up to 50 households to participate in the eight-month-long challenge that takes an in-depth look at the goods they buy and waste they create to uncover opportunities and challenges to increase recycling and reduce waste. 

Zero Waste Challenge participants learn a lower-waste lifestyle

The challenge will build on the success of the Zero Waste Challenge pilot that began in September 2016. The 35 households – 133 adults and children – who completed the first challenge decreased the amount of waste they produced by 20 percent.

On average, households also recycled or composted 62 percent of their waste, significantly more than the countywide diversion rate of 45 percent. About half of the households started composting their organic waste due to the challenge.

The DeCamillis family of St. Louis Park, previous challenge participants, focused on reducing food waste and diverting more waste to organics recycling.

“There are a lot of things that I’ve always intended in my life to be better at, but having a challenge like this has helped me to just start doing it,” said Joe DeCamillis.

Although many people know reducing waste lowers their impact on the environment and reduces the amount of stuff they have to deal with, taking action can be hard. The Zero Waste Challenge offers guidance to make those lifestyle changes.


Ali DeCamillis with her children at a Zero Waste workshop.

“The challenge was a really awesome opportunity to get some support. We were assigned a coordinator who did in-home assessments and answered our questions,” said Ali DeCamillis.  

Another challenge participant, the Selton family of Crystal, went from barely recycling to maintaining a backyard composting bin and worm composting bin. They also started giving certificates for experiences rather than gifts for birthdays and holidays. 

Participate in the next Zero Waste Challenge

Participating households will:

  • Receive hands-on, personalized coaching to assess the waste generated in their homes, develop a customized waste reduction plan, and make low-waste lifestyle changes.
  • Have opportunities to attend waste-reduction workshops on topics like low-waste shopping, green cleaners and backyard composting and get access to supplies and educational materials.
  • Commit to tracking and reporting the waste their household generates for four weeks at the beginning and end of the challenge and make their best attempt to adopt actions to reduce the amount of waste created in their households.

The challenge will go from September 11, 2017, to April 30, 2018. The application deadline is Sunday, August 20, 2017.

Learn more and apply online at hennepin.us/zerowastechallenge.

Rethink Recycling website

Recycling 101
Recycling benefits the environment and the economy. Recycling doesn't just save natural resources; it also saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, recycling is good for the economy. When you and other Minnesotans recycle, you make a big impact:

  • Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 7,000 gallons of water.
  • Recycling in Minnesota reduces emissions equal to taking 1.3 million cars off the road.
  • Over 37,000 Minnesota jobs are involved with recycling.
  • Each year, the recycling industry contributes $64 million in taxes to help pay for public services.

Visit www.rethinkrecycling.com to increase your recycling resources!