Trash & Recycling
Recycling in Big Stone County is also handled by Waste Management of Central Minnesota. They are contracted by Big Stone County to collect and process recyclables. In October 2008 they switched over to a "single-stream" recycling program which means that sorting is no longer necessary since it is mechanically sorted at the Material Recovery Facility in the Twin Cities.
Waste Management provides 96 gallon roll-out totes to curbside residents in all the municipalities except Barry and pickup every other week as indicated in these schedules.
Totes are also provided at a drop-off site in each of the municipalities for rural county residents who don’t have access to curbside service.
The County also contracts with Waste Management for commercial recycling services. Any business interested in utilizing this service should contact the regional representative from Waste Management at (320) 762-9608.
Although recycling has been simplified with Single Sort, there is still a right and wrong way to do it. Waste Management encourages people to visit http://recycleoftenrecycleright.com/ to learn more about recycling.
- 2022 Curbside Collection Schedule
- Rules of Recycling
- What and How to Recycle
- Loose Load
- Acceptable Recycling Item List
- Single Sort Residential Recycling
Check out "The ABCs of Recycling" by our Deputy Environmental Director Ronda Maas for more information on recycling.
The Solid Waste Management Plan required by the State, plans management strategies and budget needs to ensure proper management. One tool used for management is the county’s Solid Waste Management Ordinance which regulates residential and commercial garbage disposal, recycling, and household hazardous waste. In 2003, the County Board re-instated an annual solid waste assessment of $35 per parcel having over $1000 of building value. This fund enables the county to provide free recycling services as well as special collections for problem materials such as Household Hazardous Waste, used oil and filters, fluorescent bulbs, appliances, and electronics.
Solid waste collection rates and haulers vary depending on the municipality you reside in. Rural residents can choose one of two options for their solid waste;
- Haul trash to the solid waste transfer station operated by Waste Management of Central Minnesota and located at 770 US-75 #215, Ortonville, MN 56278
- Contract individually with a licensed trash hauler for pickup.