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Freeborn County

The Freeborn 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

Place all CLEAN recyclable materials LOOSE into a labeled recycling container. Place the container at the curb or alley by 7:00am on your designated collection day. The following materials are accepted:

Any plastic bottle or food container marked with the recycling symbol #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 or #7. Remove caps, covers and O-rings; labels do not have to be removed. Wash thoroughly. Flatten milk jugs and other large containers to save space. Motor oil containers are accepted IF the cap is left on and fastened tightly. DO NOT INCLUDE: plastic bags; flower pots; milk bags; styrofoam; disposable plates; meat trays; chemical containers; toys.

-- Aluminum: pop cans, pie tins, aluminum trays and foil; wash and rinse thoroughly.
-- Tin cans: Rinse clean, remove labels. Crush or flatten to save space.
-- Copper and Brass: pipes and fittings
-- Metal pots and pans
-- Empty aerosol cans and cleaned paint cans
DO NOT INCLUDE: paint thinner cans; charcoal lighter fluid cans; chemical containers; gas cans; wire; toys.

Clear, green, brown and blue glass is accepted; must be food or beverage containers. Remove caps, covers and O-rings; labels are okay. Rinse thoroughly. DO NOT INCLUDE: broken glass; dishes or drinking glasses; light bulbs; window glass; vases; casserole dishes; canning jars; ceramics.

Newspaper inserts may be recycled with newsprint. Do not double-fold; stack neatly, flatten and place in a paper sack or bundle securely with string. Set on top of or next to your recycling container.

Place in paper sack or bundle securely with heavy string. Set on top of or next to your container. Do not mix with other paper products. DO NOT INCLUDE comic books, plastic bags/mailers or plastic sleeves.

All items must be clean. Keep all like items together in a paper sack or tie securely. Accepted materials include: office paper; junk mail; typing paper; computer/copy paper; phone books; school papers; greeting cards; note paper; advertisements; envelopes (labels/windows are OK); pamphlets; receipts; adding machine tape; manila folders; letters; pop cartons; laundry boxes; tissue boxes; cookie/cake mix boxes; cracker boxes; shoe boxes. DO NOT INCLUDE: wax-coated or waxy boxes; butter boxes; frozen food boxes; bacon boxes; pizza boxes; carbon paper; plastic bags.

Must be clean and flattened; tape or tie securely into bundles. Bundles must be no larger than 3 ft x 3 ft, no more than 6" high. DO NOT INCLUDE pizza boxes or wax-coated cardboard.

NOTE: all paper/fiber materials must be clean and dry to be recycled; if it's wet, it's ruined. If weather is unfavorable, please save your newsprint, magazines, catalogs and cardboard until the next scheduled collection.


(Last updated April 14, 2011)

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