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Recycle SymbolAnnually, Minnesota recycles over two million tons of waste, the second best rate in the country. Despite these accomplishments, Minnesotans could recycle much more than we do. About one third of what is thrown away could have been recycled.

View the 2018 Hastings Year-end Recycling Report

Hastings' residents are offered single-sort recycling which is picked up on a weekly basis.

How to Prepare Your Recycling

Simply place all your recyclables loosely into the recycling cart, and place on the opposite side of the driveway from your trash cart. Please, do not bag recyclables.

You Can Recycle:


All types of paper and cardboard can be mixed together for collection with all items including containers, plastics, household scrap metal - silverware, pots and pans, and any metal that fits in the cart.


Mixed paper - junk mail, phone books, magazines, cardboard (it is not necessary to flatten, put smaller boxes inside larger boxes and place next to bin or cart), newspaper (including inserts), shredded paper (placed in a sealed paper bag), egg cartons, snack and cereal boxes, frozen food boxes, pop, beer, and pizza boxes (please clean food particles and grease from box). 


Glass jars and bottles (all colors - please avoid breaking glass; remove and recycle metal lids), tin and aluminum cans, milk cartons and juice boxes, empty aerosol cans (no caps).


Plastic with recycling symbols #1 through #7, (except #6 Styrofoam) beverage containers, yogurt containers, plastic toys, drained motor oil bottles, flower and shrub containers, landscape edging, laundry baskets, kitty litter pails, 5 gallon pails, clear clamshell (clear plastic packaging)

Retail Plastic Bags are not accepted. Please bring your access bags to a drop off location.

Hastings Cub Foods and Hastings Walmart Collects clean plastic bags.

Linens and Textiles

Clothes and shoes (placed in a sturdy, sealed plastic bag). Mark LINEN on bag and place on top of cart.

Please Do Not Recycle:

Porcelain, ceramics, pottery, packing peanuts, foam and Styrofoam, paper plates and cups, deli or black take-out containers, food waste, window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, compost (grass and leaves), gift wrapping paper