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Cook County

The Cook 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

Cook County operates a county recycling center in Grand Marais on the Gunflint Trail. Visit the county website for current hours or contact information. The following materials are accepted for recycling:

  • Glass

  • Plastic containers

  • Aluminum cans and aluminum foil

  • Steel/tin cans

  • Magazines

  • Mixed/office paper

  • Newspaper

  • Cardboard

  • Used oil & oil filters

  • Lead acid batteries

Lawn clippings may be brought to the Cook County Recycling Center for composting.


(Last updated April 8, 2011)

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