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's Waste Management Master Plan was adopted in 2017 and includes strategies to reduce, reuse, recycle, and divert waste away from land disposal.  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.

Not sure how to properly dispose of something? Visit and use the new Business Recycling Guide to find out if a material can be reused, recycled, composted or disposed.