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Faribault County

The Faribault 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

Residents in the cities of Blue Earth, Bricelyn, Delavan, Easton, Elmore, Frost, Minnesota Lake, Walters, Winnebago, and Huntley:
Separate your recyclables into three categories:

Metal cans, glass bottles, and plastic bottles and jars are accepted -- any container that holds food or has a handle. Containers need to be free of food or residue and washed out. These items can be mixed together in the recycling bin.

Paper products like newspapers, magazines and junk mail, need to be bundled or put into a paper bag. Do not use plastic bags of any kind -- your items will not be collected. If it is raining or looks like rain, place the bundles INSIDE a covered recycling bin -- if your items are wet, they will not be collected. You can also hold these items until the next dry collection opportunity.

Corrugated cardboard boxes must be broken down and bundled. Pieces should be no larger than 3 ft x 3 ft. Bundles should be no higher than 6 inches.

Accepted materials:
Metal food cans and aluminum beverage cans. Please rinse.
Glass bottles & jars: brown, green and clear are accepted. Remove lids & caps, rinse.
Plastic bottles: Discard caps, lids, pumps & metal handles, and rinse.
File folders & notebooks
Envelopes of all types
Paper of all colors, fax and telex sheets, onionskin paper, clean paper bags
Boxboard cartons -- "the Four Cs": cereal, cake, chip and cracker boxes

Not accepted:
String or twine
Paper towels, napkins or tissues
Cups, coffee filters, tea bags
Waxed paper or waxed anything like milk cartons, drinking boxes, frozen food boxes
"Waxy" boxes like pop cases
Candy or gum wrappers
Cellophane, foil or plastic wrap
Bathroom waste paper
Cotton balls
Photos, slides or transparencies,
Aerosol cans or paint cans
Motor oil or gasoline containers
Light bulbs
Window glass or mirrors
Pottery or ceramics
Disposable razors or needles
Dishes or glasses
Medicine containers
Plastic cups, silverware or trays
Foam cups or foam packaging

Residents of the City of Kiester and those using the Kiester recycling drop-off site:

  • No co-mingling of recyclables; separate glass, metals, plastics, paper and cardboard

  • Visit the county website for curbside collection schedule and drop-off site hours.

Residents of the City of Wells and those using the Wells Recycling Center:

  • All recyclables must be clean and sorted before bringing them to the recycling center. If items are not clean and sorted, they will not be accepted and will be returned to the responsible party.

Accepted materials:
Aluminum cans
Aluminum foil
Tin cans
Glass: clear, brown and green
Newspapers and office paper
Magazines or papers with a glossy texture
Plastics marked with recycling symbol #1 through #6
Textiles: clothes, pants, shirts, coats
Corrugated cardboard

Not accepted:
Plastic bags
Plastic wrap
Styrofoam of any kind
Batteries of any kind
Tires of any kind

Recycling guidelines for all of the sites mentioned above are available on the county website, in PDF format to view, download or print.


(Last updated June 12, 2010)

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