The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 7, 2012

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


No plastic wrap, bags, film or styrofoam cups or containers are accepted


Mixed Paper

  • Newspapers
  • Junk mail
  • Office paper
  • Post it notes
  • Envelopes (cellophane windows OK)
  • Manila Envelopes
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Phone books
  • Paperback books
  • Hardcover books (remove covers and bindings)
  • Paper bags
  • Waxed, coated paper & cardboard such as dairy and juice boxes/containers
  • Paperboard boxes such as cake, cracker and shoe boxes

Paper Items Not Recyclable Include:

  • Gift wrapping paper
  • Tissue paper
  • "Release" paper from stickers
  • Black and dark-colored paper
  • Egg cartons
  • Tubes


Items accepted include clothing, shoes, belts and purses.  Please do not remove zippers or buttons.  Simply place items in the drop box.  It is no longer necessary to go through the drive through.

Other Materials Accepted at the Drive-Through

  • Scrap Metal (no fee)
  • Pallets (fee charged)
  • Vehicle Batteries (fee charged)
  • Tires (fee charged)
  • Major Appliances (fee charged)
  • Electronics (fee charged)
    • Computer Screens
    • Televisions
    • Desktop Copiers
    • Desktop Printers
    • Electric Typewriter
    • Stereo/Hi Fi Receiver
    • VCR, Boombox, Cassette Deck
    • Personal CPU
    • Hard drive
    • Keyboard
    • Mouse
    • Cell phones

Blue Earth County also offers a convenient 24-hour drop-off for residential recycling. Materials accepted at the 24-hour drop-off include: Containers; Mixed Paper and Corrugated Cardboard. Please, no business quantities at the drop-off!  Recycling Center Rates are subject to change.

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