Spring cleaning will again be a bit easier in Eden Prairie with a line-up of City of Eden Prairie managed services and events.
Residents can wave farewell to lots of unwanted stuff from cut buckthorn and lawn thatch to tired patio chairs, mattresses and dead laptops.
The programs are intended to complement commercial haulers during this busy clean-up season. Because each event and service is different, EPLN here provides links and contact numbers for readers to gather more information.
SPRING CURBSIDE PICK UP – April 19 through May 14
As tulips pop up, you can leave old appliances, tires, power equipment, electronics, propane tanks, exercise equipment, furniture, mattresses, box springs and other clutter close to your curb for pick up by a Certified Recycling truck crew.
First, schedule a pickup time Monday through Friday with Certified Recycling. Place your faded treasures as close to the curb as possible. If rain is forecast, place them near your garage or cover them with a tarp. Please note that items with hazardous substances, batteries and light bulbs will not be accepted. See below for where you can bring them.
A $30 pickup fee will be charged for each visit plus a fee for each item. Click here to download the Curbside Pickup Price List (PDF). Payment by cash or check only, payable to Certified Recycling.
MAKE A RESERVATION
Contact Certified Recycling by phone (952) 894-1488 or via its website to schedule a pickup or to answer questions. Note: Pricing rates for businesses are subject to volume and other factors.
APRIL 30 – SEPTEMBER: YARD WASTE DROP-OFF SITE
The City of Eden Prairie’s yard waste drop-off site (for EP residents and businesses only) is located at 9811 Flying Cloud Drive (south of Pioneer Trail). The site re-opens Friday April 30th from 2 to 7 p.m. Thereafter, through September, loads can be dropped off Fridays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. There are no drop off fees.
YARD WASTE SITE RULES
The EP yard waste site accepts only separate loads of 1) yard/garden landscape plantings and separate loads of 2) tree debris. In other words, don’t mix them up. You will drop the plant materials in an area designated for plants and the tree debris in an area designated for tree debris. Here’s a PDF map of the site.
Acceptable landscape and garden plantings
Hostas and leafy plants, flowers, garden plants (with no food on them), straw (without twine or bailing wire), grass clippings, fallen tree leaves and thatch.
Acceptable tree debris: Branches, logs, brush and buckthorn.
Not Acceptable: Soil, sod, dirt, gravel, pumpkins, fruit, carrots and berries, lumber, tree stumps, roots, anything with dirt on it, or tree trunks larger than 12 inches.
What happens to the yard waste? The leaves and tree debris are delivered to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Organics Recycling facility on Mystic Lake Drive South in Shakopee. Some of the tree debris is chipped and used in energy production. Some of it and the leaves are processed into compost and mulch and sold wholesale and retailed under the Dakota Roots brand.
SATURDAY MAY 15: FURNITURE & MATTRESS RECYCLING DROP OFF
For one day only, a convoy of parked trucks will be waiting at the City’s yard waste drop-off site – 9811 Flying Cloud Drive opposite the airport. Friendly workers will relieve you of your sad looking furniture, mattresses, box springs, dressers and the like only on Saturday, May 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
THE RULES FOR THE DAY
Participants will be required to show proof of Eden Prairie residency for entry into the drop off area. A Valid ID, MN drivers license, State ID, or utility bill will be honored as proof.
Follow directions when inside – Drop off area map for this event only.
This is a mattress, bed spring, vanity, sofa, sectional and furniture only event.
Payment by cash or check only payable to Certified Recycling.
Call 952-894-1448 for more info or questions about items and pricing.
SATURDAY, JUNE 19: EP COMMUNITY DROP-OFF DAY
Drop-off day is Eden Prairie’s biggest recycling event for residents to dispose of all kinds of trash that can not be hauled away by your regular trash company. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lots of Hennepin Technical College. Hennepin Tech’s campus is approached via Flying Cloud Road (south of Anderson Lakes Parkway at 13100 College View Drive.
Details will be announced in the near future.
HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP-OFF STATIONS IN BLOOMINGTON AND BROOKLYN PARK
Hazardous materials, motor oil and other many other items should be brought to Hennepin County’s recycling centers and transfer stations in Bloomington and Brooklyn Park. Both sites are open from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For detailed information including a list of acceptable items, residency requirements and pandemic protocols, visit Hennepin County’s website here.
Note: This article is based on information gathered from Hennepin County and City of Eden Prairie websites and communications with City of Eden Prairie Sustainability Coordinator Jennifer Hassebroek and Street Division Manager Scott Riley.