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Recycling Collection

RubinThe City of Red Wing first began operating a recycling collection service in January, 1994. The Public Works Department’s goal was to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills and to promote a healthy and sustainable future for the community. Red Wing residents have helped reached this goal by steadily increasing the volume of refuse diverted from incineration and being recycled instead. The active participation of residents is key to the success of the program.

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2010 Recycling Figures

 In 2010 the city of Red Wing recycled more than 1900 tons of materials at the Red Wing Waste Campus consisting of the following recyclables types:

These recycled and tonnages represent savings in terms of avoid use of natural resources, energy savings, unused landfill space, reduced pollution and transportation and disposal costs.  These savings have been approximated to provide a better understanding of the real savings gained through the City's recycling programs.

Recycling Guidelines

The City of Red Wing offers residential curbside collection for recyclables with these guidelines:


Recyclable items collected by the City of Red Wing can be sorted into three categories: Fibers, Rigids & Glass. Below is a link to each of these three categories and a description of what is acceptable, how it is recycled, what is not acceptable, and why it is not acceptable.  Click here for a handy printable version of a Recyclable Items Reference Guide.




While each of these types of items may be recyclable, the City of Red Wing currently does not have a program for recycling them. The links below provide information on how and where these items can be recycled.

Special Recycling Service

The City of Red Wing has special recycling services that provide commercial or industrial business with opportunity’s to dispose of cardboard or other materials, by dumpster or by special arrangement.

Please contact the Solid Waste Division at 651.385.3658 or Public Works Department at 651.385.3674 or for further information, and or special requests.

Commercial or Industrial Recycling Dumpster Pricing
Fees and charges for Commercial or Industrial Recycling Services can be found by clicking on the Solid Waste Fee Schedule below

2014 Fee Schedule - Solid Waste Division

Charges for commercial or industrial recycling dumpsters will be reflected on each business' city services invoice

Marketing Recyclable Materials

Many household items can be recycled. However, it may not be economically possible to recycle all types of particular materials. New technology will produce new markets for more materials in the future. In order for a material to be recycled: