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Recycling Center Plus

Address: 305 Silver Creek Rd NE, Rochester, MN 55906
Phone: 507 328-7070     Fax: 507 328-7090
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Facility Hours: Monday - Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(except for legal holidays)

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Holiday Closing - Presidents' Day
The Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus, Hazardous Waste Facility, and Kalmar Landfill will be closed on Monday, February 15th, 2016, in observance of Presidents' Day.

The Olmsted Waste-to-Energy Facility (OWEF) will be open regular hours on Monday, February 15th, 2016. Normal hours will resume for all facilities on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016. 

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The Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus offers one-stop service to individuals who want to transport their own garbage and recyclables.

The following recyclable materials are accepted free of charge at the Olmsted County Recycling Center, and must be pre-sorted into the following categories:

  • Aluminum cans (buy-back)
  • Clear glass bottles and jars (no window glass, dishware or ceramics)
  • Colored glass: green, brown and other colors of glass bottles and jars (no window glass, dishware or ceramics)
  • Corrugated cardboard (clean only)
  • White office paper
  • Newspaper and colored paper
  • Magazines
  • Telephone books 
  • Paperback books
  • Plastic bottles #1 and #2 (with a neck)
  • Tin food cans, empty aerosol and paint cans
  • Clean scrap iron, aluminum, copper, brass and stainless steel

Garbage haulers offer curbside collection of recyclable materials. Please check with them to see what materials are collected and if sorting is required.

The Recycling Center Plus also accepts waste for a  fee (160 KB) from those who wish to haul their own garbage. Waste brought to the Recycling Center Plus is later transferred to Olmsted County waste disposal facilities.

Items commonly accepted for a fee at the Recycling Center Plus include, but are not limited to:

  • Garbage
  • Appliances (recycled)
  • Bikes
  • Brush/tree waste (incidental quantities)
  • Carpeting
  • Computer systems (recycled)
  • Construction materials
  • Drywall
  • Furniture
  • Grills
  • Lawn mowers (empty of fluids)
  • Mattresses
  • TVs (recycled)
  • Tires *

*  “Incidental” quantities of tires will be directed to the Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus (OCRC) for appropriate disposal. Larger quantities will be required to be managed through the County’s Industrial Solid Waste (ISW) Program and directed to the Kalmar Landfill for processing as tire-derived fuel (TDF). Before the addition of the 3rd Unit, the Olmsted Waste-to-Energy Facility (OWEF) was at capacity, so the tires delivered to the OCRC were directed to a vendor in the Twin Cities that “recycled”  them, burning 80% of them for energy in facilities with fewer emissions controls than the OWEF and charging a fee. Once capacity was available at the OWEF, it made sense environmentally and economically to burn these tires for their energy locally where they were generated.

Olmsted County ordinance requires recycling of the following:

In addition to the above materials, businesses are required to recycle Office paper.  Other items that may also be recycled are:

  • Plastic bottles
  • Tin/steel cans
  • Magazines
  • Cereal, cake and cracker boxes

Check with your garbage hauler or recycling center for a complete list and sorting instructions.

Recycling and Reducing

Recycling and reducing your waste saves resources. In addition to creating less waste, you may save money on your garbage bill.


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