Recycling and Waste Disposal


The Department of Public Health and Environment provides information and educational resources to residents and businesses about recycling, household hazardous waste, composting, and proper waste disposal.

Washington County Waste Management Master Plan 

Waste Planning for the future 

The county is currently revising its Washington County Waste Management Master Plan 2012 - 2030 adopted in 2012. The county’s Waste Management Master Plan is updated every six years. The revised plan will guide waste management in the county beyond 2017 and include strategies in waste reduction, reuse, recycling, diverting waste from land disposal, and comply with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) Policy Plan expected to be adopted early 2017.  Click here for more information.

For Residents

For information about recycling and disposal options, check out our Disposal Directory. You can also contact your City or Township directly to learn about the recycling and waste disposal program in your community. 

For Businesses

As of January 1, 2016, most Twin Cities businesses are required by law to recycle. The County offers FREE recycling technical assistance and grant funding for bins and other equipment through our BizRecycling® program. Visit for more information.

For specific information about recycling and disposal options for your businesses’ waste, visit Rethink Recycling.