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Waseca County

The Waseca 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

Waseca County has an extensive Waste Management Program available to the residents of Waseca County. Materials that are brought to the Recycling Center should be clean and separated into categories. Materials brought for recycling but that are not recyclable will be considered garbage. There is a fee to drop off garbage, demolition waste, tires, brush, oil filters, business fluorescent bulbs, appliances, cement and electronic "e-Waste".

The following materials are accepted for recycling, and should be separated by category:

Cardboard boxes, paperboard (cereal boxes, pop cases, shoes boxes, etc) and paper bags are accepted. Boxes do not need to be flattened, but they must be clean.

Typing paper, school papers, computer paper, envelopes etc.

Newsprint only, no glossy inserts or advertisements. Separate glossy inserts and ads and include those with the MAGAZINES category.

You may recycle glossy newspaper inserts in this category, as well as advertising flyers, coupon sheets, catalogs and any other glossy papers.

Phone books, directories, paperback books. Hardcover books are accepted if the covers and bindings are removed.

Clear, green and brown glass are accepted. The three colors must be separated from each other. Labels can be left on, but all caps must be removed. DO NOT INCLUDE: candle jars; dinnerware; drinking glasses; flower pots; light bulbs; make-up jars; mirrors; perfume bottles; solid white glass; window glass.

Clothing must be clean and dry. DO NOT INCLUDE shoes, belts, purses, leather or suede materials, stuffed toys, or fabric scraps. Clothing must be wearable to be accepted.

Items must be rinsed and clean. It is not necessary to crush or remove the labels.

Pop cans, beer cans, cat food cans, tuna cans, small juice cans, etc. are accepted. Items must be rinsed and clean.

Foil must be clean. Please DO NOT combine with other categories; tin, aluminum and tin foil are 3 different materials, and should be separated for recycling.

Plastic materials with recycling codes #1 through #7 are accepted, and should be separated into the following three categories. All caps and covers must be removed from containers. All containers must be rinsed and empty of whatever substance it contained.

-- #1: Pop bottles (clear and green-tinted are accepted), clear water bottles, and any other see-thru plastic containers marked #1.

-- #2: milk jugs, opaque white water jugs, vinegar jugs and clear dish soap bottles marked #2 are accepted. Any other materials marked #2 should be separated and included in the third category.

-- #2 through #7 mixed: Colored, opaque (not see-thru) containers are accepted, including shampoo bottles, chocolate syrup bottles, cool whip containers, ice cream pails, laundry detergent bottles, fabric softener bottles, etc. Metal handles must be removed from ice cream pails. DO NOT INCLUDE: bubble-wrap or packing materials; plastic bags; plastic film; tupperware or rubbermaid containers; plastic plant pots; toys; styrofoam; water softener bags.


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