Community Recycling



Darling Amalgamated Retail Emporium Presents: Community Recycling Weekends

Darling Amalgamated Retail Emporium Has Been Partnering With TerraCycle® Since Day 1

What is TerraCycle®?

TerraCycle® is a social enterprise focusing on Eliminating the Idea of Waste®In 20 countries, they’ve been tackling the issue from many angles and have found that everything we touch can be recycled. They collect typically non-recyclable items through national, first-of-their-kind recycling platforms.

Leading companies work with TerraCycle® to take hard-to-recycle materials from their programs, such as ocean plastic, and turn them into new products. With your help, they’ve diverted millions of pounds of valuable resources from landfills all over the world, and they’re just getting started!

Darling Amalgamated Retail Emporium has been collecting some of these hard-to-recycle materials, on a small scale, since we opened in July 2018. Starting September 19, 2020, DARE will resume placing recycle bins out front on Saturdays TBD.

Although reuse is always best, we are committed to helping our community keep waste out of landfills by collecting some of these traditionally hard-to-recycle items to have them made into something new! Marcy just finished the Hennepin County Master Recycler/Composter course this past spring, and is using our Community Recycling events for her education payback hours. She is very excited (weird, right??!?) about being an MRC, and would love to answer your questions! Below you can find the types of items DARE collects for recycling through the TerraCycle® Program, we will update collection dates for the rest of 2020 when we figure out our master plan. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Let’s do this! Together!

Please only bring clean & dry recyclables listed for collection that cannot be recycled locally

Oral Care accepted wasteToothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste cartons, toothbrush outer packaging, and floss containers.

Razor accepted wasteAll brands of blades & razor (systems & disposable units, and replaceable-blade cartridge units), rigid plastic packaging, and flexible plastic bag packaging.

Personal Care accepted waste: Hair care packaging such as shampoo caps, conditioner caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray triggers, and hair paste caps.

Skin care packaging such as lip balm tubes and caps, soap dispensers and tubes, body wash caps, lotion dispensers and caps. Cosmetics packaging such as lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eyeshadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging, powder cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eyeshadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, and lip liner pencils.

Cigarette accepted waste: Extinguished cigarettes, cigarette filters, loose tobacco pouches, outer plastic packaging, inner foil packaging, rolling paper, and ash. Please bring in a sealed container, so that our holding area doesn’t smell like an ash tray.

NEW: Bic Stationary Recycling Program. Accepted waste: All brands of empty writing instruments, glue sticks, watercolor dispensers, paint sets, and flexible packaging.

NEW: Rubbermaid Food Storage Recycling ProgramAccepted waste: ALL brands of food storage containers; plastic AND glass.

NEW: E-waste Recycling Program. Accepted waste: Cell/smart/iphones, laptops/notebooks/ipads, inkjet cartridges from HP and Canon ONLY. Does NOT accept: Toner cartridges, chargers, cables, headphones, or headsets.

All-In-One Zero Waste Box: Because of the large fee for recycling these combined waste streams ($287), there will be a $8 per inch fee to help defray the cost of this recycling option. The cool thing about this box is that all categories of waste are accepted in this box without the need to sort or separate. Accepted wastePlastic packaging, textiles and fabrics, coffee capsules, laminated paper packaging, art supplies, disposable cutlery, personal care accessories, athletic equipment, electronic waste and much more. Please remember, to maximize the box, ONLY BRING IN WASTE THAT CANNOT BE RECYCLED LOCALLY. We also gladly accept donations to help keep up with the demand of collecting, sorting, and shipping waste boxes.

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For recycling not listed above, Hennepin County has two year-round drop-off facilities where residents can get rid of recycling, electronics, appliances, and household hazardous wastes.

More information can be found here


Brooklyn Park

Hennepin County Recycling Center and Transfer Station
8100 Jefferson Highway, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445


South Hennepin Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-Off Center
1400 West 96th Street, Bloomington, MN 55431