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Blue Earth County

The Blue Earth 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

Materials are accepted at the Blue Earth County Recycling Center co-mingled. That means containers may be placed together in the same bin, and mixed paper together in another bin. Only corrugated cardboard is separated from the paper. All materials must be clean and dry.

During open hours, the facility's drive-through service offers an attendant to help unload recyclables. Materials are accepted free of charge, except where noted below. Businesses with large quantities, please call ahead. The following items are accepted 24/7:


  • Glass beverage and food containers (no ceramics, auto glass, window panes, drinking glasses or other types of glass accepted)

  • Aluminum cans

  • Tin cans

  • #1 Plastic containers, such as soft drink bottles (must have a neck and shoulders, no wide mouth)

  • #2 Plastic containers, such as milk and detergent bottles (must have a neck and shoulders, no wide mouth)


  • Newspaper

  • Junk Mail

  • Office Paper

  • Magazines and catalogs

  • Paperboard boxes, such as cake, cracker and shoe boxes (no beverage containers or frozen foods containers)

  • Books (remove bindings)

  • Paper bags

Boxes must be broken down and flattened.

Additional materials are accepted only during open hours:

  • Scrap metal

  • Old clothing; no leather, vinyl, shoes, purses, fabric scraps, draperies, curtains

For a fee, these additional materials are accepted:

  • Pallets

  • Vehicle batteries

  • Tires

  • Appliances

  • Electronics


(Last updated August 13, 2013)

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