Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Waste reduction is considered to be the best method
of waste management:

  • Causes no harm to the environment
  • Costs nothing for a family to implement (in fact, it saves money)
  • Does not use up natural resources
  • Purchase equipment that is durable, repairable and energy-efficient
  • Pack lunches in reusable food containers
  • Buy concentrates
  • Use your own cloth bag or reuse brown or plastic grocery bags. Look for products that are either biodegradable or nontoxic. Reuse your own metal hangers instead of purchasing new.
  • Buy recycled products
  • Donate clean clothing in good condition to a charity or sell through consignment shops and garage sales. Buy used clothing.

Recycling of New Plastic Items

Additional Recycling items added April 2013


Single Sort Residential Recycling

Simply put all of your recyclable materials into the same blue cart, and we'll do the separating for you!


Glass bottles & jars
Metal beverage & food cans
Household/Consumer Plastics 1-7
Paper from news, magazines or junk mail
Food Paper Boxboard (cereal, dry noodle, food container boxes)
Cartons & Other Aseptic Packaging (milk and juice cartons, along with soup and broth, soy milk, cream and wine cartons)
Small flat pieces of corrugated cardboard box material


Garbage, food waste, diapers or paper plates
Meat or dairy plastic/paper packaging
Wax or plastic wrap
Freezer food packaging
Packaging film
Formed or pellet styrofoam/styrofoam like packaging and container/trays
Window glass, ceramics, dishware, mirrors or lightbulbs

Any questions, please contact the Rice County Recycling at:  (507) 332-6833


Recycling Electronic Waste

When electronics are put into the landfill, harmful chemicals and heavy metals can get into our water supply and air.  Minnesota State Law even bans certain electronics (things such as TVs and computers) from being put into the landfill.  To properly dispose of electronics and appliances that don’t work anymore, bring them to the Rice County Recycling Center (there may be a small fee). 




To find somewhere else to recycle your unusable electronics, use the websites listed below.

If your electronics are still in working order, consider donating or reselling them.

Search for places to recycle your e-waste and appliances:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
PC's for People 

Retailers that will take your electronics:

Best Buy

Ink Cartridge & Toner Recycling Option:


Any questions, please contact the Rice County Recycling at:  (507) 332-6833


Recycling Hours for Households:

Monday thru Friday:  7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

     April thru October from 7:30 a.m. to 11;30 a.m. (2nd & 4th Saturdays ONLY)
     November thru March from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (2nd Saturday ONLY)