Drop-Off Day

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Get rid of unwanted items during the annual Drop-Off Day – set for 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Plymouth Maintenance Facility, 14900 23rd Ave. N. Plymouth residents only. 

How Drop-Off Day Works

Vehicles are routed into one of two lines – one for recycling and reusable items and one for disposal items. No semi-trailers or semi-trucks allowed.

2019 Drop-Off Day traffic flow map
  • Recycle and Reuse Line: Free to drop off accepted items
  • Disposal Line: Charged per vehicle/trailer, per trip
    • Vehicles/trailers: $20
    • Box trucks (moving vans): $100
      Note: Box trucks and trailers may not be more than 16 feet in length.

Wait Times: This is a popular annual event. Average wait time is between 45-60 minutes.

Entering the Site
Vehicles must enter on 23rd Avenue from Fernbrook Lane only. 23rd Avenue will be a temporary one-way street (from Fernbrook to Niagara lanes) and vehicles will not be permitted to turn onto 23rd Avenue from Niagara Lane. Vehicles will form two lines on 23rd Avenue.

Vehicles containing only recycle and reuse items will be routed into the free line, bypassing the disposal line, whereas all other vehicles will traverse the disposal line. View the 2019 Traffic Flow Map (PDF).

The site will close to all vehicles not in line by 12:30 p.m.

For safety reasons, residents are asked to remain in their vehicles while at the site.

Banner image for Drop-Off Day recycle and reuse line items
The following items are typically accepted in the Recycle and Reuse Line. This line is free.

  • Bicycles and bicycle parts
  • Paper to shred (shredding will be on-site) – no 3-ring binders or large binder clips
  • Light bulbs and household batteries
  • Textiles and home goods*
    • Clothing, coats and jackets
    • Shoes and boots
    • Jewelry
    • Purses
    • Hats
    • Toys
    • Pictures and mirrors
    • Blankets, pillows and sleeping bags
    • Drapes and curtains
    • Backpacks
    • Tools
    • Silverware
    • Dishes and glasses
    • Pots and pans

*Note About Textiles and Home Goods: 
These items are not tax-deductible. Items can be in poor or unusable condition. Items are accepted by Simple Recycling, a company that helps reduce landfill waste. All materials are graded and sorted based on quality and condition. Top quality materials are resold to local thrift outlets, while “unusable” items are processed for raw materials. Items with mold contamination will not be accepted.

Banner image for Drop-Off Day disposal line items
The following items are typically accepted in the Disposal Line. This line has a per-vehicle fee of $20. Box trucks (moving vans) cost $100 per vehicle and may not be more than 16 feet in length. 

  • Tires
  • Scrap metal
  • Furniture – including mattresses, box springs and couches
  • Undamaged lead acid (vehicle) batteries
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Remodeling material and construction debris
  • Carpet and carpet padding

Cost for the 2019 Drop-Off Day disposal line is $20 per vehicle or $100 per box truck. Maximum length for box trucks is 16 feet.

Banner image for items not accepted at Drop-Off Day
Please do not bring the following items.

  • Paint
  • Liquids
  • Hazardous waste
  • Yard waste
  • Beer kegs
  • Railroad ties and scrap
  • Propane tanks
Vehicle packing diagram for Drop-Off Day

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What form of identification is acceptable?
    A photo ID (such as a driver's license) or a utility bill with your Plymouth address.
  • Can I use a trailer?
    There are sharp 90 degree turns along the route. Trailers may not be more than 16 feet in length and must be able to navigate easily, as if driving through the turns of a parking ramp. View the 2019 Traffic Flow Map (PDF) to determine if your trailer will be able to make the turns.  Trailers that are too large and not able to navigate may be turned away. If you have concerns about the size of your trailer, please call 763-509-5906.
  • In what order should I load items into my vehicle?
    Vehicles should be packed in reverse order of how they will be unloaded. First, pack all items applicable to the free line, such as shredding, home goods, bicycles, etc. Next, pack tires and lead acid/vehicle batteries. Lastly, pack appliances, electronics and mattresses – these will be unloaded first.

Additional Drop-Off Day Information
Residential waste only, no business waste.

The Yard Waste Site and Recycling Drop-Off Center are closed the day of this annual event.

The workers at the Drop-Off Day event include student and adult volunteers, city staff, and employees of participating businesses. The event is financially supported by a Hennepin County recycling grant, the City of Plymouth Solid Waste Fund, and payments from attendees.

For more information, email recycling@plymouthmn.gov or call 763-509-5906. After business hours, call 763-509-5513 for the recycling hotline.

Year Round Disposal Options
Check Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide for more local disposal and reuse options.

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