Every year Americans generate millions of tons of waste. We throw "away" massive amounts of trash as result of everyday living. Many things can be turned into valuable next generation products.
Now, many of us realize that there is no such place as "away." Since our trash problems won't go "away" either, we must take responsibility for our own waste. The best way to do that is to reduce, reuse, recycle and educate.
Recyclable Items A to Z
One of the most efficient forms of recycling is aluminum recycling. Aluminum can be reused repeatedly and requires very little processing to make it available for reuse. Manufacturers simply melt down crushed aluminum stock and add it to freshly extracted aluminum without any degradation of quality in the finished product.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recycling an aluminum can requires less than 5% of the energy that would be expended in creating a similar can out of fresh bauxite ore. The Aluminum Association estimates that the energy saved in recycling a single aluminum can could power a television for 3 hours.
- Aluminum/steel/tin cans
- Aluminum foil and cookie/pie tins. Must be rinsed clean, with no food contamination
Labels okay are OK.
- Aerosol cans
- Food-soiled metal
- Large metal objects
- Metal cookware
- Paint buckets
- Propane tanks/bottles
- Water heaters
Batteries - Household
- Alkaline (A, AA, C, D, etc.)
- Rechargeable (ni-cad, lithium, etc.)
- All vehicle batteries
Corrugated cardboard is a cardboard with a wavy layer inside. Non-corrugated cardboard (without a wavy layer) can be recycled with mixed paper.
We cannot accept waxed cardboard and food contaminated cardboard, such as pizza boxes.
- Blaine County Recycle Center
- Cell phone stores
- Donate to Charity
- Cathode ray tube televisions
- Cell phones
- Computer system:
- Power supplies
- Stereo systems
- Glass bottles (all colors). Must be rinsed clean with minimal food contamination
- Hazardous chemical containers
- Light bulbs
- Household insecticides or herbicides
- Liquid mercury
Limit: 5 gallons per day; 25 gallons per month.
- Bulk agricultural chemicals
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLS)
- Fire extinguishers
- Fluorescent light bulbs (FLs)
- Propane tanks
- Smoke detectors
Inert Construction Debris
- Clean dirt
Chemically-treated wood products, materials, wastes or liquids that will produce gas or leachate.
- All metals
- Colored and glossy paper
- Junk mail
- Newspaper and inserts
- Paper bags
- Paper board (e.g. cereal boxes)
- Paper egg cartons
- Phone books
- Corrugated cardboard, spiral or bound papers
- Food-contaminated paper
- Used animal bedding
- Wax-coated milk/juice cartons
- Hydraulic oil
- Motor oil
- Transmission oil
- Oils mixed with anything
Plastics Number 1 to 5
Bottles and food containers clearly marked Number 1 to 5. Must be clean, dry, empty with caps off.
- Large plastic items
- Motor oil or hazardous materials containers
- Number 6 polystyrene (styrofoam) or Number 7 plastic items
- Plastic bags
- PVC pipe
Plastic Film & Bags
- Clean, dry plastic (LDPE/HDPE) films and bags
- Painted or wet plastic films or bags
Tanks or bottles with or without propane inside.
- Passenger vehicle tires
- Semi-truck and implement tires
- Truck tires
- Solid (lawn mower) wheels
- Must have title or registration
- No fluids
- Christmas trees
- Untreated scrap wood or pallets
- Untreated wood
Must be separated from wood waste.
- Chemically-treated wood (plywood, fence posts, railroad ties, etc.) or yard waste
- Christmas lights/ornaments
- Plastic products
- Root balls