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Itasca County

The Itasca 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

It is the objective of Itasca County Environmental Services to encourage the reuse of valuable resources and to reduce the quantity of solid waste that must be landfilled.

Recyclable materials should be kept separated, cleaned, prepared, and set aside. Cans and jugs must be thoroughly drained and rinsed or washed. Each type of recyclable should be stored in a separate barrel, bucket, box, bag, or shelf space. When bringing your recyclables to an Itasca County Solid Waste Disposal Site, empty the recyclables in the proper bins and place your containers in the green dumpsters or take them home and use them again.

The following materials are accepted:

Clean aluminum, tin and steel cans are accepted. DO NOT INCLUDE: dirty cans, cans with food residue or contents remaining, paint cans, aerosol cans. NO metal items other than cans (no clothes hangers, scrap metal, etc.)

Clean, empty bottles, jugs and jars of any color are accepted. Rinse all containers (labels are OK). Remove lids. DO NOT INCLUDE: auto glass or windshields, light bulbs, glass with metal attached, window glass, crystal, Pyrex/cookware, plastic bags.

Clean and empty plastic items marked with recycling symbol #1 through #7 (remove tops/caps). DO NOT INCLUDE: plastic bags; garbage bags; styrofoam (even if it has a recycling symbol); containers that are not completely empty or that have food remnants.

Clean, dry, corrugated cardboard, gray paperboard (cereal, shoe boxes, "shiny", cracker boxes),paper egg cartons, pop/beer cases. DO NOT INCLUDE: waxed cardboard, cardboard with food remnants/grease, styrofoam egg cartons.

The following items can be placed in the same bin at county collection sites:

Newspaper, shoppers, other publications printed on newsprint, paper bags (including grocery bags). DO NOT INCLUDE: books; junk mail; carbon paper; colored tissued paper; construction paper; food wrappers; plastic bags.

Letterhead, plain paper, white or colored typing/copy paper, writing paper, computer printer paper, NCR paper/forms, envelopes. DO NOT INCLUDE: carbon paper; colored tissue paper; construction paper; food wrappers. Recycle glossy papers with Magazine category.

Magazines, phone books, catalogs, glossy brochures and similar items. DO NOT INCLUDE: plastic bags or other packing materials.


(Last updated September 9, 2011)

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