City of Red Wing

Recycling Collection

RubinThe City of Red Wing first began operating a recycling collection service in January, 1994. The Public Works Department’s goal was to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills and to promote a healthy and sustainable future for the community. Red Wing residents have helped reached this goal by steadily increasing the volume of refuse diverted from incineration and being recycled instead. The active participation of residents is key to the success of the program.

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2010 Recycling Figures

 In 2010 the city of Red Wing recycled more than 1900 tons of materials at the Red Wing Waste Campus consisting of the following recyclables types:

  • 1220 tons of Mixed Paper & Cardboard
  • 40.5 tons of Aluminum Beverage Cans
  • 87 tons of Mixed Plastic Containers #1 & #2
  • 419 tons of Tin Cans & Scrap metal
  • 135 tons of Mixed Glass Beverage & Glass Food Containers

These recycled and tonnages represent savings in terms of avoid use of natural resources, energy savings, unused landfill space, reduced pollution and transportation and disposal costs.  These savings have been approximated to provide a better understanding of the real savings gained through the City's recycling programs.

  • 831 tons of Limestone, Iron Ore, Coal, Sand, Soda Ash and Feldspar
  • 19,890 Tree seedlings grown to maturity
  • 4,022 cubic yards of Landfill Space
  • The 111m794,210,000 BTU's of Energy from Steam generated and materials recycled represents an energy savings equal to 19,275 barrels of oil or 894,354 gallons of gas this year.


Recycling Guidelines

The City of Red Wing offers residential curbside collection for recyclables with these guidelines:

  • All recycling MUST be placed out at the curb for collection by 6:30 a.m. on your designated recycling day for your area.
  • All recycling must be placed in paper bags or separate containers (plastic bags can be used if you do not have another alternative but they should not be tied shut and the plastic bags are not recyclable).
  • Residents are not required to use a “City of Red Wing” Recycling Bin, but crews look for containers marked “recycling”. If recycling is placed out just in bags, crews may not know it is recyclables.
  • All recycling must be propertly sorted for crews to collect it.



Recyclable items collected by the City of Red Wing can be sorted into three categories: Fibers, Rigids & Glass. Below is a link to each of these three categories and a description of what is acceptable, how it is recycled, what is not acceptable, and why it is not acceptable.  Click here for a handy printable version of a Recyclable Items Reference Guide.

  • Fiber Products, such as newspapers, cardboard, magazines, phone books and white paper. Bag or bundle these items together


  • Rigids, including plastic, tin and aluminum. Bag these together.


  • Glass. All glass (Clear, Brown, and Green).  Glass not longer needs to be sorted by color but should still be in its own container/bag seperate from the Rigids and the Fibers.


While each of these types of items may be recyclable, the City of Red Wing currently does not have a program for recycling them. The links below provide information on how and where these items can be recycled.


Special Recycling Service

The City of Red Wing has special recycling services that provide commercial or industrial business with opportunity’s to dispose of cardboard or other materials, by dumpster or by special arrangement.

Please contact the Solid Waste Division at 651.385.3658 or Public Works Department at 651.385.3674 or for further information, and or special requests.

Commercial or Industrial Recycling Dumpster Pricing
Fees and charges for Commercial or Industrial Recycling Services can be found by clicking on the Solid Waste Fee Schedule below

2016 Fee Schedule - Solid Waste Division

Charges for commercial or industrial recycling dumpsters will be reflected on each business' city services invoice


Marketing Recyclable Materials

Many household items can be recycled. However, it may not be economically possible to recycle all types of particular materials. New technology will produce new markets for more materials in the future. In order for a material to be recycled:

  • A market must exist that will accept the material and use it to make a new product.
  • The material must be in dedmand by manufacturers to produce a saleable product and a sufficient, steady supply of a good quality material must be provided to manufacturer's production needs.
  • A material must meet market specifications. It can not be contaminated with dirt or grease.
  • Consumers must purchase products made from recycled materials.