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Posted on: December 23, 2019

New Recycling Drop Sites in Mille Lacs County

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New Recycling Drop Sites in Mille Lacs County

Starting January 1, 2020, Mille Lacs County recycling drop site locations and hours will be changing. Recycling drop sites will be located in Isle, Milaca, Onamia, and Princeton; three of the four drop sites will have 24-hour availability, and all drop sites will accept single-sort recycling. In January look for black roll-off containers; in February these will be replaced with blue trailers. Please remember to check the accepted materials list before depositing your recyclables, and place materials loosely in the receptacles, closing the door or tarp when you’re done.

Remember to place all recyclables loosely in the recycling trailer, break down cardboard boxes, and make sure recyclable materials are clean and dry. Please place caps back on all recyclables after they’re emptied and only deposit materials that are on the accepted materials list.

Drop Site Hours & Locations

• Isle: 465 Isle Street West
Open 24 Hours.
• Milaca: 565 8th Street NE
Open 24 Hours.
• Onamia: 35617 125th Avenue
Open 24 Hours.
• Princeton: 10039 55th Street
Open Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.

For additional information, please contact the Mille Lacs County Environmental Resources Office at 320-983-8325.

How Mille Lacs County Recycling is Processed

All Mille Lacs County’s drop site recycling is taken to Dem-Con in Shakopee, MN, where all the recycling is separated, baled, and marketed. Watch the video on YouTube to see how Dem-Con separates all your recycling! At the recycling drop sites, there is no need to separate your recycling. Just place all your recycling loosely in the container, but remember no plastic bags! 

Accepted Recycling Materials:

Paper & Cardboard

Materials must be empty, flattened and dry.
 Newspapers & Inserts;
 Cardboard (Non-Waxed);
 Brown Paper Bags;
 Envelopes, Catalogs & Magazines;
 Printer Paper (All Colors);
 Paperboard (Dry Food Boxes & Beverage Cases).


Materials must be empty and rinsed with caps on.
 Containers Labeled # 1, #2 & #5.


Materials must be empty and rinsed with caps on; do not flatten.
 Milk Cartons & Juice Boxes;
 Broth & Other Liquid Carton Containers.

Metal & Glass

Materials must be empty and rinsed with caps on; place metal lids in can and pinch shut.
 Aluminum Cans;
 Steel/Tin Cans;
 Brown, Clear & Green Glass Food & Beverage Containers.

Unacceptable Materials

Solid Waste

Dispose of at East Central Solid Waste landfill.

 Household Garbage

 Coat Hangers & Aluminum Foil

 Styrofoam & Packing Peanuts

 Wet or Rotten Materials

 Garden Hoses & Extension Cords

 Auto Glass, Window Glass, & Mirror Glass

 Ceramics & Porcelain

 Glass Cookware, Drinking Glasses & Vases

 Plastic Lined Boxes

 Compostable Plastics—PLA #7

 Paper Towels, Napkins, Plates & Tissues

 Hazardous Chemical & Motor Oil Containers

 Plastic Films (Wraps, Tarps, Juice Pouches)

Household Hazardous Waste

Dispose of at Stearns County HHW Facility.

 Alkaline & Rechargeable Batteries

 Syringes & Needles


 Food Waste

 Shredded Paper

Special Recycling

Recycle at participating facilities. Visit for helpful information. 

 Plastic Bags

 Christmas Lights

 Scrap Metal

 Extension Cords

Call the Environmental Resources Office at 320-983-8325 with any additional questions.

Acceptable & Unacceptable Recycling Materials PDF
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