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- Recycling Guidelines
Blaine's recycling program is funded in part through SCORE grant funds received from Anoka County.
All household paper including newspapers with all inserts, magazines, mail, phone books, paperboard, and corrugated cardboard. Cardboard should be cut up and placed in the recycling cart or flattened 3 feet by 3 feet square and bundled securely with string or twine.
Used tissue products, or food soiled cardboard (pizza boxes, etc).
Milk cartons, juice boxes, soup, broth, and wine cartons are all acceptable. Leave lids on the containers.
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.
Aluminum, Tin & Steel
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.
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.
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.
- Ceramics or pottery
- Glass vases or decorative glass items
- Pyrex containers
- Whole or broken drinking glasses, plates, bowls, etc.
- Window glass
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 will accept the peanuts for reuse.
Containers that contained hazardous materials, if empty, can be placed in the garbage.