Reuse and Recycling Options


Spring and Fall Cleaning and Yard Sale Reuse/Recycling Options

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 appliance and electronics collection.  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.  There are several free Fix-It Clinics scheduled for Anoka County.  Items can be donated if you get them working again.

Habitat for Humanity will accept left over construction materials as well as many other items. 

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. 

Bro-Tex, Inc. recycles carpet and Second Chance Recycling deconstructs mattresses and recycles the various components for those items that cannot be donated. 

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.