Unacceptable Recycling Items

Items that Can Not be Put in Recycling Bins

Textiles, Batteries and Electronics. While each of these types of items may be recyclable, the City of Red Wing does not have a program for recycling them.

  • Textiles: Booth Goodhue County and the City of Red Wing no longer accept textiles as a recyclable items. The Salvation Army and Annadee's Closet will accept clean and undamaged clothing for donation. There are also Red boxes in various locations around Red Wing that residents can drop off textiles.
  • Batteries: Aldaline (long life) batteries and Zinc-Carbon (heavy-duty) batteries should be disposed of in the regular trash. NiCad lithium and button batteries can be disposed of my contacting the Goodhue County Recycling Center.
  • Electronics: The following items can be disposed of for a charge at the Solid Waste Campus:
    • Televisions
    • Computers
    • Computer Monitors
    • DVD Players
    • VCRs
    • CD Players
    • Stereos
    • Phones
    • Modems
    • Cable Boxes
    • Scanners
    • Paper Shredders
    • Satellite Dishes
    • Webcams
    • Answering Machines
    • DVRs
    • Printers
    • Fax Machines
    • Copiers

We are not aware of any location in or around Red Wing accepting electronics free of charge. Find more information about E-Waste.

What Makes Items Unacceptable for Recycling?

Gift Wrap - is often printed with too much colored or metallic ink, which will contaminate the batch of new paper pulp and greatly increase the amount of "bleaching agent" necessary to whiten the pulp to produce paper.

Wet Strength, Poly/Wax Coated Paper - these items are coated with wet-strength chemicals, poly or waxes, which do not break down at the same rate as non-coated paper.

Ceramics - have a higher melting temperature than glass, so when mixed in with recyclable glass, the ceramic pieces become embedded in new glass resulting in defective and unacceptable new containers.

Margarine Tubs, Whipped Cream Tubs, etc. - Different processes are used to make different containers, different plastics melt at different temperatures and this all affects how the plastic resin is recycled. Wide mouth plastic tubs are made by injection molding with a different formula.