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Douglas County

The Douglas County website lists specific guidelines as to what materials are or are not recyclable in your area; please consult this list (as well as any materials you may have received from your county or recycling servicer) as you collect your recyclables. But remember, you can always recycle MORE than just what's collected! Reusable goods can be given to thrift stores or churches, food waste can be composted, some materials can be sent directly to remanufacturers... For tips on recycling MORE than what's normally collected, check out our mega list of what can be recycled and how.

 
   
 

Recycling Guidelines

ALUMINUM SORT
Food/beverage cans and bottles – empty, whole or flattened. Labels can stay on.

TIN SORT
Food/beverage cans and bottles – empty, whole or flattened. Labels can stay on.

CORRUGATED CARDBOARD / ETC. SORT
Break down all boxes and flatten. Flattened beer/pop/etc type boxes. Flattened boxes that come from the fridge. Brown paper grocery bags. DO NOT INCLUDE waxed or plastic-coated boxes (i.e. fruit boxes), boxes that come from the freezer and cartons (soy milk, juice, etc).

GLASS SORT
Food/beverage bottles and jars. Labels can stay on. DO NOT INCLUDE: Caps/lids, light bulbs, mirrors, window glass, dishes, drinking glasses, ovenware, flower pots.

PLASTIC SORT
Containers and bottles marked on the bottom with #1-#6 recycling triangle. Triple rinsed pesticide/chemical bottles ok. Caps/labels stay on. 5 gallon or less in size with metal handles removed. Well-drained oil bottles with caps left on ok. DO NOT INCLUDE: hoses, toys, plastic shopping bags/packaging wrap/stretch wrap/etc, pipe, #7 plastic or Styrofoam. NOTE: Plastic bags can be recycled at area grocery stores and large retail outlets.

NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES/BOXBOARD SORT
Newspapers, inserts and advertisements. Phonebooks accepted. Egg cartons – NO Styrofoam. Boxboard includes: flattened cereal/tissue/pasta/shoe/etc type boxes. Magazines accepted. DO NOT INCLUDE: Boxes that come from the fridge/freezer.

OFFICE PAPER SORT
Mail/office/school papers. Envelopes with/without plastic windows. Place shredded paper in closed paper bag. Manila file folders. DO NOT INCLUDE: bright/neon-colored paper; photo paper; brown kraft paper/envelopes, hard/soft cover books (torn out book pages can be recycled with OFFICE PAPER SORT).

METAL
Scrap metal or metal items that are 95% metal or more are accepted: metal tools, kitchen utensils, lawn chairs (with cloth/vinyl removed), clothes hangers, screws, nails, metal toys, silverware, metal fencing, etc. DO NOT INCLUDE: household appliances (washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators), water softeners, water heaters, dehumidifiers. If unsure, please call.

YARD WASTE
Accepted in Spring, Summer, and Fall ONLY. Leaves, grass clippings and garden debris ONLY. Bagged yard waste must be emptied from bag into the container, and bags disposed of or reused. DO NOT INCLUDE: twigs, branches, tree stumps, wood chips.

USED OIL
Used oil must be in a pourable container size of 5 gallons or less. It may be mixed with gasoline. Used oil filters can be accepted, but must be hot-drained for at least 12 hours prior to recycling. DO NOT INCLUDE: oil contaminated with hydraulic fluid, brake fluid, water, antifreeze, or pesticides.

NON-PCB BALLASTS
Ballast labeling must say that it does not contain PCBs. If unsure, please bring to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

WIRE
Wire, extension cords, holiday or Christmas light strings, electrical cords from electronic devices.

BATTERIES
Accepting automotive batteries. For all other batteries see Hazardous Waste.

Resources

The Pope/Douglas Solid Waste and Recycling facility is located at:
2115 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, MN 56308
For directions, map and hours, visit the Pope/Douglas website.

For information on battery recycling and the various types of batteries accepted at Pope/Douglas:
http://popedouglasrecycle.com/hazardous_what.php

(Last updated June 9, 2014)

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