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 the Disposal Directory. Residents may also contact their City or Township directly to learn about the recycling and waste disposal program in their community. 

For Businesses

 As of January 1, 2016, most Twin Cities businesses are required by law to recycle. The County offers free technical assistance and grant funding for businesses and apartment buildings to start or improve their current recycling programs including purchasing bins, switching from one-time use dishes to reusables and help with purchasing equipment that will further reduce waste. This assistance is available through the BizRecycling® program. See for more information including how to apply for up to $50,000 in grant funding

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