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Olmsted County

The Olmsted 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

Materials required to be recycled in Olmsted County include: corrugated cardboard, glass bottles and jars, newspaper and aluminum cans. In addition, businesses are required to recycle office paper.

Residents with curbside collection: be sure you know what materials can and cannot be placed into your curbside bin. If you have curbside recycling, check with your hauler for set-out days, times, sorting instructions and other requirements.

The Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus (located in Rochester) offers "one-stop" service to individuals who want to transport their own garbage and recyclables.

-- Aluminum cans (buy-back)
-- Clear glass bottles and jars (no window glass, dishware or ceramics)
-- Colored glass bottles and jars (green, brown, other)
-- Corrugated cardboard (clean only)
-- Boxboard (i.e. cereal, cake mix and cracker boxes)
-- Office paper
-- Newspaper
-- Magazines
-- Telephone books
-- Plastic bottles (with a neck) marked with recycling symbol #1 or #2
-- Tin food cans, including EMPTY aerosol and paint cans
-- Scrap iron, aluminum, copper, brass and stainless steel (must be clean)


(Last updated June 13, 2013)

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