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

In March 2012, the Washington County Board of Commissioners adopted the Washington County Waste Management Master Plan 2012 - 2030 and submitted the plan to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for approval.

The county’s Waste Management Master Plan is updated every six years to guide waste management activities while establishing waste projections for the next 18 years. The Master Plan is also developed in conjunction with a Regional Solid Waste Management Plan.

For Residents

For information about recycling and disposal options, check out our Residential Recycling and Disposal Guide. 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. Commercial building owners that contract for four cubic yards or more per week of solid waste collection must implement recycling of at least three types of materials, such as paper, glass, plastic, metal and organics. The County offers FREE recycling technical assistance and grant funding for bins and other equipment through our BizRecycling® program. Visit the website at for more information.

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