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Mower County

The Mower 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

Recycling curbside collection is available for residents of Austin, Mapleview, Brownsdale, Grand Meadow, and LeRoy. The county Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste drop-off facility is located in Austin. The following materials are accepted, separated into three bins:

The following materials should be placed in the paper bin:

All newspapers and inserts printed on newsprint, brown paper bags and phone books. All newsprint must be dry. Bundle or put in paper bag.

Glossy magazines and catalogs only. DO NOT INCLUDE mixed paper magazines such as TV Guide or Reader's Digest. All magazines must be dry and placed in brown paper bags or tied in bundles.

Only white paper is accepted, no colored paper. DO NOT INCLUDE junk mail or envelopes with windows. All white office paper must be dry and separated into a paper or plastic bag. Shredded paper is accepted but must be dropped off at the Recycling Center. No criss-cross-cut paper and no mixed colors, only white shredded is acceptable.

All types of unwaxed corrugated cardboard (shipping cartons, appliance boxes, etc) are accepted. All cardboard must be dry and flat; remove any metal, wood or styrofoam pieces. Cardboard should be cut into 3' x 3' or smaller sections, flattened and bundled for curbside collection. Large boxes can be brought to the Recycling Center. DO NOT INCLUDE waxed cardboard (e.g. fruit or vegetable boxes).

Chipboard is a gray or brown heavy paper material, including pop and beer cartons, cereal boxes, cracker boxes, tissue boxes, etc. All materials must be clean and dry. Liners and plastic windows must be removed. DO NOT INCLUDE detergent boxes or waxed pressed board (e.g. frozen food packaging, milk cartons, frozen juice cartons).

The following materials should be placed in the cans and glass bin:

All colors, shapes and sizes of glass bottles, jars and beverage containers are accepted. Containers must be rinsed clean and dry. Remove lids/caps; labels are OK. DO NOT INCLUDE: window glass: drinking glasses; ceramics; light bulbs; dishware.

All aluminum beverage cans, clean pie pans and clean aluminum foil are accepted. All aluminum should be rinsed and dry. DO NOT INCLUDE scrap aluminum.

All steel/tin beverage and food cans are accepted (remove all labels). Empty paint cans are accepted (remove lids). Empty aerosol containers are also accepted (remove and discard plastic lid and plastic spray nozzle). All items must be clean and dry. DO NOT INCLUDE metal lids removed from other recyclables.

Plastic materials should be separated into their separate bin.

Small-neck plastic bottles marked with the recycling symbol #1, #2 or #3 are accepted. Remove lids and caps; labels are OK. Containers must be clean, dry and flattened. Bucket-shaped containers are also accepted, including ice cream pails and margarine tubs. Remove all handles and lids. DO NOT INCLUDE: plastic bags; plastic wrap or film; styrofoam peanuts or packaging; styrofoam egg cartons; bucket-shaped or TV-dinner-type containers.

The recycling guidelines are available on the county website in PDF format, to view, download or print.


(Last updated June 9, 2014)

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