The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 7, 2012

Ask Us: What are the latest Blue Earth County recycling rules

— As of January, 1, 2012, food and beverage containers numbers one through seven will be accepted for recycling along with current bottles that are being taken. The only exceptions will be no Styrofoam and no film plastic, no matter what the number of plastic.

“Recycling numbers have been confusing to recyclers for a long time,” stated Jean Lundquist, Blue Earth County Recycling Coordinator. “Bottles with a neck and shoulders labeled with either a 1 or 2 were acceptable, but other containers such as ice cream buckets, were not. The difference in plastic comes from how it is manufactured and the differing additives needed for it to hold various shapes. Waste Management, Blue Earth County’s contractor at the Recycling Center, now has new equipment and markets in place that will allow the additional items to be recycled.”

The Blue Earth County Recycling Center is located at 741 Waseca Avenue, Le Hillier and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a 24-hour drop-off collection site available. A list of materials accepted at the facility and information on materials either free to recycle or those which require disposal fees are listed under Environmental Services on the Blue Earth County website at

For more information contact the Waste & Recycling Hotline at (507) 304-4242.

Items accepted at the recyling center

  • Glass beverage and food containers (No ceramics, Pyrex, window or auto glass, light bulbs, or drinking glasses are accepted)
  • Metal Cans- Aluminum, Tin, Steel and Bi-Metal
  • Plastics #1 through #7 - Some examples are listed below:
    • Water bottles
    • Pop bottles
    • Trays and clamshells
    • Water & milk jugs
    • Soap/detergent bottles
    • Coffee cans
    • Bottles with screw tops
    • Lids and bottle caps
    • Yellow and green kitty litter pails
    • Tubs (cottage cheese, butter, etc.)
    • Yogurt cups and toters
    • Drive-through cups
    • Black #5 trays
    • Wipe boxes
    • Tool cases
    • Medicine bottles
    • Plastic pails
    • Large storage tubs and lids
    • Kitchen garbage cans
    • Milk crates
    • Large rigid plastics such as kids outdoor toy sets

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