Refuse & Recycling

Recycling & Refuse

NOTICE:  City Recycling/Waste Service - Republic Services will be operating under the guidelines listed in the Republic Services Notice due to COVID-19.

Excelsior contracts with Republic Services for pick-up of recyclable materials and residential waste. Recyclables are picked up at the curb every other week on the same day as your normal refuse collection. Materials must be at the curb by 7:00 am. Following a holiday, pick-up will be one day late for the rest of the week. For missed pick-up or questions, please contact Republic Services, Customer Service, at (952) 941-5174.

Commercial refuse haulers are required to be licensed in the City of Excelsior.

2021 Licensed Haulers List (PDF)

Materials to Recycle


  • Newspaper & Newspaper Inserts
  • Magazines & Catalogs
  • All Junk Mail & Envelopes
  • Cardboard (break down boxes)
  • Office & School Paper (all colors)
  • Phone Books
  • Cereal & Cracker-Type Boxes/Shoeboxes
  • Brown Paper Sacks/Bags
  • Aluminum, Steel & Tin Cans
  • Glass Bottles & Jars
  • Plastics #1-7 - bottles, cups, plastic food containers, tubs, bowls, yogurt cups, margarine/whip cream tubs, plastic milk jugs
  • Paper Milk or Juice Cartons
  • Plastic Shopping Bags

Not Accepted

  • Garbage
  • Food Waste
  • Food-Tainted Items (used paper plates)
  • Paper Towels or Paper Napkins
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Egg Cartons
  • Wax-Coated Cartons
  • Ice Cream Cartons
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Styrofoam Cups/Plates or Packaging
  • Aerosol Cans, Propane Tanks or Helium Tanks
  • Batteries
  • Gift Wrap
  • Drinking or Window Glass

The following wastes are not accepted:

  • Asbestos (friable)
  • Biological waste (medical & infectious)
  • Business generated waste
  • Compressed gas cylinders & tanks greater than 40 pounds
  • Construction debris
  • Electronics
  • Explosives
  • Garbage
  • Major appliances
  • Oil (motor, transmission, cutting, lubricating, etc.)
  • Oil filters
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Radioactive
  • Recyclables (card board, glass, metal, paper, phone books, plastic, etc.)
  • Tires
  • Yard waste