Recycling Guidelines

Blaine residents can recycle even more material at the curbside. It is now possible to recycle a great majority of commonly occurring household refuse. By doing so, you can also save money.

Once you start recycling the many items that can now be recycled in our program, you may be able to reduce the size of you garbage container and save money on your garbage bill. For more information about Blaine's recycling program, contact Roark Haver. Blaine's recycling program is funded in part through SCORE grant funds received from Anoka County.

Paper


Yes


All household paper including newspapers with all inserts, magazines, mail, phone books, paperboard and corrugated cardboard.

No


No used tissue products, or food soiled cardboard (pizza boxes, etc).
An assorted collection of paper, including magazines and mail.

Aluminum, Tin & Steel


Yes


You can recycle cans, bottles, foil (with no food residue), pie tins (with no food residue) and lids to containers that are 3 inches in diameter or larger. Lids to glass jars under 3 inches in diameter will not make it to a magnet to be properly sorted. Lids smaller than 3 inches in diameter have a better chance of making it to the magnet if they are left on the glass container.

No


Products that once contained hazardous materials such as paints, paint thinner, automotive fluids, or aerosol cans. Bottle caps are too small to make it to a magnet and will end up as a residual and should be placed in the garbage. Food-soiled aluminum trays, foil, and tins should also be placed in the garbage.
An assorted collection of aluminum cans.

Cartons


Yes


Milk cartons, juice boxes, soup, broth and wine cartons are all acceptable. Leave lids on the containers.

No


Foil juice pouches or plastic lined coffee cups are not acceptable. Please remove plastic bags from inside wine cartons and place them in the garbage.
An assorted collection of milk and food cartons.

Glass


Yes


Sauce containers, beer, wine and salad dressing containers are all acceptable. Metal lids to glass jars under 3 inches in diameter will not make it to a magnet to be properly sorted. Metal lids smaller than 3 inches in diameter have a better chance of making it to the magnet if they are left on the glass container.

No


Glass that does not contain a product when purchased that may contain strengthening additives or chemicals are not acceptable. If you cannot donate these items, place them in the garbage.
An assorted collection of glass jars and bottles.
Examples include:
  • Ceramics or pottery
  • Glass vases or decorative glass items
  • Mirrors
  • Pyrex containers
  • Whole or broken drinking glasses, plates, bowls, etc.
  • Window glass

Plastics


Yes


All food, beverage and other plastics labeled Number 1 - Number 7 are acceptable. Rinse and leave lids on the containers.

No


Plastic bags, Styrofoam, compostable plastics, and plastic containers that once held hazardous material are not acceptable. Examples include motor oil, antifreeze and transmission fluid. Plastic bags get caught in the machinery at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) where recyclables go to be sorted. Plastic bags can be recycled at many local grocery stores. Contact your local grocery store to see if they accept plastic bags for recycling.
An assorted collection of plastics, including a milk carton and soft drink bottle.

Styrofoam


Expanded polystyrene foam products, more commonly known as Styrofoam, should be placed in the garbage.

Compostable Plastics Labeled Number 7 PLA


Compostable plastics will break down in an industrial compost facility. They are corn based and cannot be recycled with traditional oil-based plastics.

Plastic Packaging Peanuts


Contact your local package shipment company or moving company to see if they'll accept the peanuts for reuse.

Containers that contained hazardous materials, if empty, can be placed in the garbage.