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Cass and Crow Wing Co. recycling guidelines

Cass County

Plastics

  • All recyclable plastic containers, not including disposable cups and plates, may be recycled, though due to demand and storage issues, some plastics may be sorted out. Currently, plastics with #1 and #2 designations are more recyclable than others.

Fluorescent bulbs

  • Residential taxpayers may dispose of compact fluorescent bulbs and regular fluorescent bulbs at any Cass County transfer station.

Batteries

  • Alkaline batteries should be thrown into the trash, as they no longer contain mercury.
  • Lead acid (automotive, marine and some computer batteries) can be recycled at any Cass County solid waste transfer site or with automotive dealers and parts stores.
  • Button batteries and rechargeable batteries may have mercury or other metals and should be dropped at special boxes at a solid waste transfer station or participating pharmacy or retail store.

E-Waste

  • Residential county taxpayers can bring e-waste to Pine River, Walker-Hackensack and May Township transfer sites at no cost.

Tires (off rim)

  • Residents may be dispose of up to four tires per month at the Pine River, Slagle, May Township and Walker/Hackensack transfer sites without charge.

Appliances

  • Cass County residents may dispose of used appliances at the Pine River, Slagle, May Township and Walker/Hackensack transfer sites once per month at no cost.

Furniture

  • Cass County has a furniture/appliance exchange where working and useable appliances or furniture may be donated to the Pine River, Walker/Hackensack and May Township transfer sites. These items will be available for free at the transfer sites.

Hazardous waste

  • Cass County residents may dispose of household hazardous wastes at no cost at the Pine River Transfer Station during business hours. Good used paint and other products may be stored at the transfer station and given away free of charge.

Sharps/pharmaceuticals

  • Sharps and lancets must be disposed of in household garbage, inside of puncture resistant containers such as coffee cans, detergent bottles or containers designed for such use. These cannot be disposed of in pharmaceutical drop boxes. Special labels are available from the county public health and environmental services departments.
  • Unneeded medications can be dropped off in "Take it to the Box" drop-off sites at the Cass County Sheriff's Office and other locations.

Motor oil/antifreeze

  • Cass County offers disposal of used motor oil, antifreeze and oil filters at all locations except Crooked Lake Township. Do not mix motor oil and antifreeze.
  • Antifreeze has its own disposal container.

Plastic film/foam

  • Do not dispose of plastic bags, food wrap, shrink wrap, tarps, cups, plates or utensils with plastic recyclables.

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Crow Wing County

Plastics 

  • Plastics with #1 and #2 designations.

Fluorescent bulbs

  • Crow Wing County does not accept bulbs. Dispose of them with approved hardware or other recyclers.

Batteries

  • Alkaline batteries should be thrown into the trash, as they no longer contain mercury.
  • Lead acid (automotive, marine and some computer batteries) can be recycled with Crow Wing County, or automotive dealers and parts stores will either dispose of them for free or pay a core charge.
  • Crow Wing County disposes of rechargeable batteries under its household hazardous waste program. They can be dropped off the second Wednesday or Friday of any month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

E-Waste

  • Crow Wing County will dispose of e-waste for a $5 fee.

Tires (off rim)

  • Crow Wing County will dispose of tires off the rim for $1 each.

Appliances

  • Crow Wing County will dispose of appliances for $5 each.

Furniture

  • Crow Wing County partners with Duluth to deconstruct mattresses. They can be dropped off for $7 each.

Hazardous waste

  • Crow Wing County accepts household hazardous waste such as cleaning liquids, paints and other chemicals. Those in useable condition are available for free pick-up to Crow Wing County residents.

Sharps/pharmaceuticals

  • Crow Wing County partners with local law enforcement to provide pharmaceutical drop boxes at law enforcement offices in Brainerd, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Crosslake, Crosby and Breezy Point.
  • Sharps should be placed into puncture-proof containers and disposed of in the garbage.

Motor oil/antifreeze

  • Crow Wing County provides oil, filter and antifreeze disposal tanks free of charge to residents at drop-off sites throughout the county. The county aims to have one within 20 miles of any resident.

Plastic film/foam

  • Do not dispose of polystyrene (Styrofoam) products with recyclables.
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