Educational Resources

Good decisions are based on knowledge. Our goal is to teach Olmsted County residents how to make the most of our resources through an understanding of how and why our Integrated Solid Waste Management System provides a proper place for waste. Effective waste education helps us all to become stewards of our environment.

Curbside Recycling Cart Guide

Curbside Recycling Cart Guide

Curbside Recycling Cart Guide - Olmsted County.pdf (427 KB)

Acceptable Items In Your Curbside Recycling Cart

  • Paper
    • Office paper
    • Newspaper
    • Magazines
    • Envelopes
    • Mail
    • Paper bags

  • Corrugated cardboard (flatten for recycling)

  • Paperboard (e.g. cereal boxes and cracker boxes)

  • Aluminum cans

  • Tin and steel cans

  • Glass bottles and jars

  • Plastic bottles and containers #1, #2, and #5 (keep caps on)

  • Milk and juice cartons (aseptic and gable-top cartons)

Unacceptable Items

(not an inclusive list)

  • Plastic bags 

  • Batteries 

  • "Tanglers"
    • Hoses
    • Cords 
    • Wires

  • Electronics

  • Shredded paper

  • Food waste

  • Foam containers and packaging 

Some of the items that are not acceptable in your curbside recycling cart can and should be recycled. 

For example, rechargeable batteries are considered hazardous waste and should be brought to the Hazardous Waste Facility.  TVs, computers, and other electronic items should be brought to the Recycling Center Plus

Waste Wizard

If you're not sure how to correctly recycle or dispose of an item, enter it into the Waste Wizard.

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Speaker Request Form

If you would like a representative from the Environmental Resources Department to speak at an event regarding garbage and recycling, please complete the request form below.

Visits are limited to groups located in Olmsted County. All speaker requests are subject to approval.