E-waste/Appliance Recycling

Pope/Douglas does not accept electronics/e-waste.

Pope/Douglas does accept non-Freon appliances.

Pope/Douglas does not accept Freon-containing appliances.

E-waste does need to be managed correctly due to hazardous materials in the items.

Several options exist for Pope and Douglas County households to safely recycle obsolete or unwanted electronics or e-waste.

Contact the options below for proper recycling.

Pope/Douglas Accepts Non-Freon Appliances

Pope/Douglas’ Recycling Center accepts non-Freon appliances for free recycling.

These include: washers/dryers, stoves/ovens/microwaves, furnaces/heaters, dishwashers, water heaters.

You must bring someone with to assist in unloading your appliances

Pope/Douglas does not accept appliances that contain Freon.

These include: refrigerators/freezers/air conditioners/dehumidifiers/etc.

No water softeners accepted.

Non-Freon Appliance Recycling at Pope/Douglas

Cell Phones, Printer Cartridges (Toner/Ink Jet), Chargers/String Lights Recycling, VHS/Cassette/CD's/Albums

Pope/Douglas’ Recycling Center accepts these items for free recycling.

Scrap wire/electrical cords/etc

Wires, extension cords, holiday/Christmas light strings. telephone wires, electrical cords from electronic devices. Simply drop these items at the Recycling Center.

Cell phones/Printer cartridges/etc

All inkjet and toner cartridges, cell phones, GPS devices, digital cameras, MP3 players and headsets are accepted regardless of brand or condition. Simply drop these items at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Pope/Douglas does not recycle landline phones.

However, recycle the telephone cords/wires and rechargeable batteries from cordless phone handsets.


VHS tapes, cassette tapes, 8-track, compact discs (CD’s), record albums, video game cartridges, betamax tapes, laserdiscs, etc. Simply drop these items at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Timeline of audio formats

Drop-Off Facilities (e-waste and appliance recycling)

Call options below to check on items accepted and disposal/recycling fees.

Douglas County Demolition and Disposal
(Alex Rubbish and Recycling)
(320) 763-4712

Tom Kraemer Inc.
(320) 634-5668

Waste Management Transfer Station
(888) 960-0008

Todd County Transfer Station
(320) 594-2210

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency maintains a statewide list of licensed recyclers and collectors of e-waste.

Statewide List of E-Waste Recyclers and Collectors

Big Box Store Drop-Off and Manufacturer Mail-In

Best Buy Stores. Visit their Electronics/Small Appliance Recycling website. Find Best Buy locations within driving vicinity of Pope/Douglas Counties.

Staples accepts many items for free.  Visit their Recycling and Eco Services website.

Various types of mail-back programs are offered by Apple, Cannon, Dell, Epson, HP, Lexmark, LG, Panasonic/Sharp/Toshiba, Samsung and Sony.

Setting up Community Event Collections

These companies can come to your site and provide large quantity pickups of your items.

They are also to provide logistics for large scale community recycling events.

  • Albany Recycling Center (320) 845-2747
  • A&A Recycling (320) 987-2009
  • S.W. Recycling (320) 235-9323 or (800) 366-8665

Phone: 320-763-9340
Toll Free: 800-972-6318
Fax: 320-763-9342

2115 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, MN 56308

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4:30
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Recycling Center Hours
Monday-Friday 8-5
Saturday 9-2
Closed Sundays

Hazardous Waste Hours
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4
Closed Saturday and Sunday
No appointment necessary

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