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Cans: Steel/ Tin

All haulers in Olmsted County collect steel/tin cans with their curbside recycling programs.  Check with your hauler regarding sorting requirements. 

The Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus located at 305 Silver Creek Road NE in Rochester accepts steel/tin cans. The hours are Monday through Saturday 8 AM to 5 PM.

Car Wax

Solvent-Based Cleaners - waxes, polishes, degreasers, and other petroleum based products should be brought to the Olmsted County Hazardous Waste Facility at 305 Silver Creek Road NE in Rochester. The hours are Monday through Saturday 8 AM to 5 PM.  If the container is completely empty, it can be put in the trash. Solvent-based cleaners should never be disposed of down a drain, in the trash or down a toilet.  As an alternative, use water-based cleaners in place of petroleum-based cleaners as much as possible. 

Cardboard

Boxboard  - one layer of cardboard that is white or gray on the inside.  Examples are cracker, cereal, cake mix boxes.  Currently, all haulers in Olmsted County collect boxboard with their curbside recycling programs.  Check with your hauler regarding sorting requirements. 
 
Corrugated  -  two thin layers separated by a wavy layer in the middle.  Examples are grocery store boxes and appliance boxes.  Haulers are required by ordinance to offer recycling collection for corrugated cardboard from businesses and residents in Olmsted County.    The Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus located at 305 Silver Creek Road NE in Rochester accepts clean boxboard free of charge. The hours are Monday through Saturday 8 AM to 5 PM.  If the cardboard is wet or contaminated with food, has a waxy coating on it, or has attached styrofoam supports, it should go in the trash.

Carpet & Carpet Padding

Ask your carpet retailer or installer if they can have the carpet recycled.  Carpet can be taken to the Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus located at 305 Silver Creek Road NE in Rochester for disposal. There will be a fee. 

Catalogs

Catalogs that are made from shiny or glossy paper may be recycled with magazines.  Currently, all haulers in Olmsted County collect catalogs and magazines with their curbside recycling programs.  Check with your hauler regarding sorting requirements. 

The Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus located at 305 Silver Creek Road NE in Rochester accepts catalogs. The hours are Monday through Saturday 8 AM to 5 PM.

Write or call the companies whose catalogs you don't want to receive.  Ask to be taken off their mailing list.  For subscriptions you wish to receive, tell them not to sell or give your name to other mail order companies. 

Caulk and Caulking Tubes

Caulk tubes that are not empty and have one of these words on the label - "danger," "warning," "caution," "flammable," "combustible," or "corrosive" – should be separated from building (demolition) materials.  These caulk tubes should be brought to the Olmsted County Hazardous Waste Facility at 305 Silver Creek Road NE in Rochester. The hours are Monday through Saturday 8 AM to 5 PM.  If the container is completely empty, it can be put in the trash.

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees are accepted from December 26th through March each year.  Residents may take their trees to the Olmsted County Compost Site, located near 305 Silver Creek Road in Rochester.  Please remove lights, ornaments, stands and tinsel.  No wreaths or artificial trees please.  Drop off is free of charge.  Trees will be chipped into mulch.  Some of the resulting mulch will be available to residents free of charge in the spring.

Cleaners

Window cleaners, multi-purpose cleaners, ammonia and other cleaners that have one of these words on the label – "danger," "poison" "caution," "warning," should be brought to the Olmsted County Hazardous Waste Facility at 305 Silver Creek Road NE in Rochester. The hours are Monday through Saturday 8 AM to 5 PM. If the container is completely empty, it can be put in the trash.

Clothing

Clean clothing, even if it is not in good condition, can be dropped off at the Salvation Army 507 281-1561 or Goodwill Industries 507 281-9651 during operating hours.  What isn't sold in thrift stores will be baled and sold for rags and for use in making paper products.

Complaints

Call the Rochester/Olmsted Consolidated Planning Department at 507 328-7100 with complaints about illegal dumping of garbage or other garbage or recycling related complaints.

Compost

Olmsted County operates a yard-waste compost site that accepts leaves, grass clippings and non-woody yard, garden and food waste can be brought at no charge to the Olmsted County Compost Site located east of the Recycling Center at 305 Silver Creek Road N.E.   Finished compost is available to residents for a nominal fee. The site is:
 
Located on the east side of Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus at 305 Silver Creek Road NE in Rochester.

Open daylight hours and 7 days a week.

Finished compost can be purchased for a fee Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Scale House at the Waste-to-Energy Facility located at 301 Silver Creek Road NE in Rochester, except during the months from December 1st through April 1st, compost will then be loaded by appointment only with 5 working days notice. Finished compost provides many benefits to gardens and landscaping projects.

Leaves and grass clippings can also be used as mulch in gardens and flower beds to reduce weeds, nourish the soil and retain moisture.  Fruit and vegetable food scraps can be put in a home compost pile.  Meat, poultry and fish products cannot be composted.  For information on gardening and yard waste composting, log on to the University of Minnesota website or you can call the Olmsted County Extension Service at 507 328-6214 or the Olmsted County Environmental Resources Department at 507 328-7070. 

Compressed Gasses

Propane Gas/Tanks/Cylinders – Pressure vessels, vented tanks, compressed gas fuel, gas bottles.  Some propane and LP gas distributors will take your containers back for proper disposal.  Look under "gas" in the yellow pages for the distributor nearest you.  Residents can bring their compressed gas containers to the Olmsted County Hazardous Waste Facility at 305 Silver Creek Road in Rochester.

Computer and TV Monitors

Electronic Devices such as electrical ballasts, capacitors, color computer monitors, CPUs, colored TVs can be taken to the Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus located at 305 Silver Creek Road NE in Rochester for disposal.  There will be a fee. 

A licensed electronics recycler transports and dismantles the electronic devices.  Hazardous substances (such as lead) are removed from devices and properly managed. See if your computer vendor has a take-back program for your old computer when you purchase a new computer. 

Concrete

See "Construction Debris"

Construction Debris

Waste building materials, packaging and rubble resulting from construction, remodeling, repair and demolition of buildings and roads. Acceptable items can be taken to the Kalmar Landfill or the Olmsted County Recycling Center for a fee.

Cooking Oil

Household quantities of cooking oil are accepted at the Olmsted County Hazardous Waste Facility at 305 Silver Creek Rd NE in Rochester Monday - Saturday 8 am - 5pm. 

Corrosive Cleaners

Drain Cleaners, oven cleaners, naval jelly, toilet bowl cleaners, concrete cleaner, etc. should be brought to the Olmsted County Hazardous Waste Facility at 305 Silver Creek Road in Rochester.

Couches and Chairs

Furniture items such as couches- with or without mattresses in them, sectionals, futons, love seats and chairs – office chairs, recliners, and kitchen chairs can be taken to the Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus at 305 Silver Creek Rd NE in Rochester for disposal. There will be a fee.

Some charities will accept used furniture. Consider selling unwanted furniture in the classifieds or at a garage sale. Refurbishing or reupholstering items is another way to keep them out of the trash.

Curbside Recycling

Garbage haulers must offer curbside recycling service to their customers.  All haulers will collect glass, aluminum, newspaper and corrugated cardboard.  They may also accept tin/steel cans, plastic containers (Nos. 1 & 2) and paperboard.  Check with your licensed hauler regarding sorting requirements.

As an alternative, you may self-haul your recyclables to the Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus located at 305 Silver Creek Road in Rochester Monday - Saturday 8 am - 5pm. 

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