What & How to Recycle

Your garbage hauler delivers a recycling container along with your solid waste container. If you have not received your recycling cart, please contact your hauler. For more recycling information in the Twin Cities area visit Rethink Recycling and Washington County Public Health and Environment Recycling and Yard Waste website.

  1. Acceptable Items
  2. Unacceptable Items
  3. Recycling Bins
  4. Washington County Disposal Directory
  • All Number 1 through Number 7 Plastics. Examples:
    • Butter tubs/dairy containers
    • Ketchup bottles
    • Laundry detergents
    • Milk jugs
    • Soda and water bottles
  • All tin and steel cans
  • Aluminum cans
  • Cereal, chip, cake, cracker boxes
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Egg cartons
  • Glass beverage bottles (green, clear, or brown)
  • Glass food jars (green, clear, or brown)
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Office paper
  • Paper grocery bags
  • Phone books
  • Pop, beer, tissue boxes


  • Place all your recyclable items loosely together (please do not bag any items except shredded paper). 
  • Place a recycling cart or bin(s) on the opposite side of your driveway from your trash container or at least 4 feet apart at the curb. 
  • Please rinse all containers