Trash & Recycling


Recycling in Big Stone County is also handled by Waste Management of Central Minnesota. They are contracted by the 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 pick up every other week as indicated in the schedules below. 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 to learn more about recycling. 

~Check out Ronda's Recycling book by clicking the picture below!

recycling do and donts

How Single Sort Recycling Works                      Contaminated Single Sort Bins


Solid Waste

The Solid Waste Management Plan required by the State, plans management strategies and budget needs to insure 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;

  • 1) Haul trash to the solid waste transfer station operated by Waste Management of Central Minnesota and located on Hwy 75 North in Ortonville, MN
  • 2) Contract individually with a licensed trash hauler for pick up

Waste Management Promotional Video


Vehicle Disposal
*These are just suggestions and in no way is the county endorsing these programs. You can also google many other organizations and businesses to dispose of your vehicle.

Vehicles for Veterans


Vehicles For Vets MN is a 501(c)(3) vehicle donation program benefiting disabled veterans. Our car donation program offers a simple alternative to selling or trading in your unwanted vehicle. In return for your donation, you receive the maximum possible tax deduction. Best of all, your donation helps organizations to provide assistance to disabled veterans and their families. Knowing that your car donation helps to provide transition services, help for homeless veterans, advocacy, employment assistance and more is something you can be proud of.

More information can be found at Vehicles for Veterans.

Wheels for Wishes

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Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Minnesota. We are proud to offer a free and easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child. We pick-up or tow away cars free of charge, anywhere in Minnesota, whether they run or not. Vehicles are either recycled or auctioned off and 100% of the net proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Minnesota. Since we are a tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, you also receive the maximum possible tax deduction for your charity vehicle donation.

More information can be found on our website at Wheels for Wishes.

Kids Car Donations

A Minnesota car donation can mean the world to thousands of children presently struggling with life-threatening diseases. If you happen to have an old automobile that you no longer use, handing it to us sounds like a viable option. Doing so not only releases you from the burdens of an unwanted clunker, but it also gives you the wonderful opportunity to transform young lives in the state of Minnesota!

More information can be found on our website at Kids Car Donations.