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Re-use and Recycling Options

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Thank you for considering recycling for your spring cleaning and/or garage sale.  There are many recycling options the City of Columbia Heights and other local vendors provide to properly dispose of most materials in your house.  A cleaning packet is available at City buildings or you can call 763-706-3700 to order one.

The City provides curbside appliances, electronics, and mattress collections.  The Columbia Heights Recycling Center has a dumpster for large cardboard or excess paper, a scrap metal bin for any household or garage items that are mostly metal, plus there are bins for string lights (holiday lights), fluorescent bulbs, motor oil and filters, antifreeze, tires, and household batteries.

The City hosts an annual citywide garage sale.  This is a great opportunity to clear out any unwanted stuff. 

Bring your broken items back to life instead of trashing them.   Information regarding Fix-It Clinics in Anoka County is available at  

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore  (a non-profit serving the Twin Cities area) accepts building materials, appliances, cabinets, gently used furniture and more.  Drop off donations at either of our store locations or request a free pickup to create, preserve and promote homeownership in our community.  

Bridging (a non-profit serving the Twin Cities area) accepts gently used furniture, housewares, small appliances/electronics, and other miscellaneous household goods, which they give to those transitioning out of homelessness or in poverty. 

The Disabled American Veterans conducts curbside pickup of clothing, textiles, and small household items periodically in our community. 

Local thrift stores such as Savers (donations for the Disabled American Veterans) will take useable household goods such as clothing, shoes, accessories, small appliances, bed and bath items, media (books, DVDs, CDs, software, video games), furniture, housewares, sporting goods, games, and toys.  There are also several clothing drop-boxes in town and they will also take unusable clothing and linens for recycling. 

The local food shelf, Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA), has a small thrift store as well and accepts donations of small household items and clothing.  Of course, donations of canned and boxed food are always accepted within expiration dates. 

For other items, see the Anoka County recycling directory at  

Please don’t put Household Hazardous Waste into the trash or down the drain.  There is a free county drop-off facility in Blaine.  Visit for more information. 

Please note:  A useable household donation means it works and is something in good enough shape that you would give it to a friend or family member.