Toll Free: 800-972-6318
2115 Jefferson Street,
Alexandria, MN 56308
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4:30
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Recycling Center Hours
Hazardous Waste Hours
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4
Closed Saturday and Sunday
No appointment necessary
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Review the list of items generally accepted in your curbside recycling cart by your Waste/Recycling Hauler. Pope/Douglas is not a Waste/Recycling Hauler.
Providing curbside garbage and recycling service
in Pope and Douglas Counties.
Alex Rubbish and Recycling (320) 763-4712
Engebretson Sanitation (320) 589-3804
Long Prairie Sanitary Service (320) 732-6464
Mattheisen Disposal (320) 843-2120
West Central Sanitation (800) 246-7630
Waste Management (320) 762-1118 or (800) 654-4306
Wishcycling is an act in which someone places something in the recycling cart in hopes that it can be recycled - when in fact it can't be. Wishcycling leads to increased processing costs for haulers and MRF's (Material Recycling Facilities) - which will end up costing you more!
Follow directions of your hauler to place the correct things in your recycling cart.
Please recycle right.
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Generally, don't place the following in your recycling cart.
1. Plastic Bags/Film/Bread Bags/Ziploc Bags/Newspaper Bags
Why Not? - The bags become tangled up on recycling facility equipment.
Option: Take to a special drop off bin located at big box/grocery stores for recycling.
2. Food and Beverage Pouches
Why Not? - Difficult to recycle as product is made of plastic and aluminum.
Option: Place in your regular garbage cart.
3. Loose Shredded Paper
Why Not? Small bits of paper confuse recycling machinery and end up being screened out as 'broken glass' - which contaminates the glass recycling stream at MRF's.
Option: Place shredded paper in closed paper grocery bags.
4. Drinking Glasses, Window Glass, Ceramics
Why Not? Different types of glass melt at various temps. When a company attempts to melt down food/beverage bottles and jars to make new bottles/jars and it is contaminated with other glass types the end product is defective in quality.
Option: Toss drinking glasses, window panes and ceramics in your regular garbage cart or donate them to a second hand store.
5. Electronics and Batteries
Why Not? Increases operational costs at MRF's.
6. Garden Hoses and Extension Cords
Why Not? Becomes tangled in equipment and Increases operational costs at MRF's.
Option: Garden hoses/etc should be cut down in 10 ft sections and tossed into your regular garbage cart. Extension cords/holiday lights/wire can be recycled at Pope/Douglas Recycling Center.
7. Loose Bottle Caps
Why Not? They are so small that they contaminate the glass recycling stream at MRF's.
Option: They should be screwed back on the bottle that is being recycled.
Why Not? They increase employee hazards and injury at MRF's.
9. Styrofoam/Bubble Wrap/Peanuts
Why Not? Contaminates the recycling streams at MRF's.
Option: Not readily recyclable at this time. Alexandria and other UPS stores do accept certain Styrofoam peanuts for reuse in their operation.
FREE downloadable posters and signs to help educate your waste and recycling program!
Recycling rates in Pope and Douglas Counties was 42% in 2013, jumped to 50% in 2014, and is now 59%. This is a great percentage of the waste that is going for making new products and creating jobs, but of course, we can always do better. Recycle when and where you can.
Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management runs a Recycling Center. The materials accepted at the PDSWM Recycling Center varies in the type of items accepted and how the items must be prepared.
Pope/Douglas Recycling Center Brochure for knowing what is accepted at the Recycling Center and how to prepare your items prior to arrival for quick and easy drop-off.