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Otter Tail County

The Otter Tail 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

The following materials are accepted:

Rinse all bottles and jars. Ceramics, dishes, glasses and window glass (excluding the frame) may also be recycled with bottles and jars. DO NOT INCLUDE: light bulbs; automotive glass; porcelain.

Plastic bottles marked with recycling symbol #1 or #2 are accepted. All containers must have a neck or spout. Rinse containers, throw away caps/lids. DO NOT INCLUDE: ice cream pails; margarine or whipped topping containers; plastic bags.

Empty aluminum cans are accepted. Clean aluminum foil, clean pie pans and empty, dry paint cans are also accepted.

Empty tin food cans and empty, dry paint cans are accepted. Rinse cans, throw away lids. Labels do not need to be removed.

Newspaper and phone books are accepted. Separate all glossy magazines, catalogs and glossy sales flyers. Please do not put glossy papers in the blue recycling bins. These materials can be recycled, but they must be taken to a recycling center during business hours.

Corrugated cardboard is accepted. Remove any packaging materials and flatten boxes. Brown paper bags may also be recycled along with cardboard. DO NOT INCLUDE: Paperboard (cereal boxes, etc.); pop/beer cases; shiny or waxy cardbard.

White or pastel paper (blank or printed/written on), and white envelopes are accepted. You do not need to remove staples from papers or plastic windows from envelopes. DO NOT INCLUDE: tagboard; construction paper; fluorescent-colored paper.

These guidelines are available on the county website, in PDF format to view, download or print.


The Otter Tail County website includes locations and hours for OTC recycling centers in Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids and Perham:

The county website also includes an interactive map with locations of several dozen recycling drop-off sites across the county:

The Otter Tail County Solid Waste office is on Facebook:

For information to help you recycle in the workplace:

For information to help you recycle in your classroom/school:

For information on the county's "Youth in Action Recycling Team", a hands-on recycling program that helps youth organizations gain community recognition and fundraising:

(Last updated June 13, 2010)

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