Acceptable Materials

These plastic items, numbers 1 through 7, are accepted for recycling at both the drive-through and the drop-off locations:
 Berry boxes  Pill bottles
 *Bottle caps and lids  Pop bottles
 Butter tubs  Trays
 Clam-shell boxes  Water & milk jugs
 Coffee cans  Water bottles
 Detergent & soap bottles  White pails
 Drive-through cups  Wide-mouth containers
 Ice cream pails  Wipe boxes
 Kitchen garbage cans  Yellow & green kitty litter pails
 Large tubs and lids  Yogurt cups
 Milk crates  

*Please leave the caps on bottles. If you remove the cap, they fall out of the recycling process and are swept up as trash.

Also, do not place recyclables in plastic bags. Please use paper bags instead. Recycle plastic bags at the store where you got them.

Non-Acceptable Materials

These items are not recyclable:
  • Plastic wrap or films
  • Plastic bags (take bags back to the store where you got them)
  • Styrofoam cups, containers or packaging

Additional Information

For more information, send an email or call (507) 304-4381.

Contact Us

  1. Blue Earth County Government Center
    410 S. Fifth St.
    P.O. Box 3566
    Mankato, MN 56001

    Ph: (507) 304-4381


    8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Monday – Friday
  2. Email

    24-Hour Waste and Recycling Hotline:

    (507) 304-4242