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SEASONAL Cleaning and Yard Sale Re-use/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 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 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization primarily serving the Twin Cities.  Bridging empowers people to thrive in their homes by providing quality furniture and household goods for those pursuing housing stability. With locations in Roseville and Bloomington, Bridging is driven by volunteers and donations of basic home essential items from the community. Since 1987, Bridging has served nearly 110,000 households (more than 330,000 individuals), and reduces landfill space by 11 million pounds each year. View their donation guide (PDF).

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. 

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.