Recycle Right!

Recycle Right

BigTruckCut750Contamination in recycling loads is increasing, please be sure to follow the program guidelines and refrain from placing non-recyclable items in your recycling container.

These Materials are NOT Recyclable in our current Recycling Program.

  • Aerosol Cans / Paint Cans
  • Automotive Fluid Containers
  • Batteries
  • Cardboard Tubes (paper towel tubes/ wrapping paper tubes/ toilet paper tubes)
  • Dishes / Glassware
  • Fluorescent Bulbs/ Light Bulbs
  • Foam Cups and Packaging (Styrofoam)
  • Food Service Paper Products
  • Landscape Edging
  • Pizza Boxes with Food Waste
  • Plastic Bags /Plastic Wrappings
  • Plastic Furniture
  • Plastic Plant Containers
  • Pottery/ Ceramics
  • Pots and Pans
  • Waxed Paper/ Waxed Cardboard
  • Window Panes/ Mirrors

Curbside Residential Recycle Collection

Waste Partners provides residential curbside recycling services to our customers in Brainerd, Breezy Point, Baxter, Crosslake (Cross Lake), Pequot Lakes and Pine River at no additional cost.  (Some areas not included, please call the office to see if there is curbside recycling in your area).

With Waste Partners commingle recycle program, you do not need to separate the glass, cans or plastic, you can commingle the glass, cans and plastic in the recycling container.

  • Glass: glass bottles and jars; clear, green and brown; rinse clean, remove lids and caps, and place in your recycling container.
  • Plastic Containers: bottles, jars, jugs with a neck, and tubs are made of plastic that can be recycled. (Remove pumps and metal handles, rinse clean. No automotive fluid containers, hazardous material containers, plastic bags, landscape edging, plant containers or plastic furniture).
  • The code number on the bottom of plastic packaging is often mistaken as a guide to the recyclability of the plastic. The code on the bottom is a “Resin Identification Code” that identifies the type of plastic that is used to produce the packaging. Not all types of plastic can be recycled, commonly accepted plastics for recycling have a 1, 2, 4 or 5 Resin Identification Code.
  • Metal/Aluminum Cans: Rinse Clean, no need to remove labels.
  • Newspapers/Magazines/Mail: Place in a separate paper bag and set next to or on top of your recycling container.
  • Cardboard: Flatten and tie into a bundle no larger than 3' x 3'.

Single Stream - Curbside Residential Recycle Collection

  • We have Single Stream Recycling Carts in some of our Recycling Collection communities. Call our office if you are interested in one of these recycling carts.
  • Please follow the instructions printed on the top of the orange container lid.

Visit the Waste Partners Facebook page to see where your recycling ends up!


Common Recycling Mistakes

Car Parts
Brake rotors, wheels & tires, batteries, and other metal car parts aren't recyclable in curbside recycling program. The only metal materials that can be recycled are generally food packaging, such as aluminum beverage cans and metal food cans. Heavy metal parts should be taken to a scrap metal dealer.

1 lb Propane Tanks
Any kind of compressed gas tank in your recycling is UNSAFE. This includes the likes of refillable propane tanks used for camp stoves, disposable propane canisters, butane canisters, helium balloon tanks, and oxygen tanks. These pose massive health and safety risks. Compressed gas cylinders could rupture and catch fire, so it’s vital that they’re disposed of properly at a safe drop-off location!

Plastic Gas Cans
Similar to propane tanks, plastic gas cans pose a large risk of explosion and fire!

Plastic Landscape Edging
This type of plastic is rarely labeled with a Resin Identification Code (recycle number) which is needed to identify the type of plastic for proper recycling. In addition, this material is usually quite dirty and can contaminate the true recyclable plastics.

Plastic Toys
These are another item that can’t be recycled because one toy will often contain a variety of different plastic types. In order for a plastic item to be recycled, it must first contain only 1 type plastic, making plastic toys nearly impossible to recycle in a residential curbside recycle program.

Lithium Batteries
No batteries are allowed in your curbside recycle container, and Lithium Batteries are perhaps the most dangerous. For starters, they're often filled with acid and some types can start fires when they get smashed with other recyclables. Lithium-ion batteries usually contain a metal coil and a flammable lithium-ion fluid. Tiny metal fragments float in the liquid. The contents of the battery are under pressure, so if a metal fragment punctures a partition that keeps the components separate or the battery is punctured in our truck or recycling facility, the lithium reacts with water in the air vigorously, generating high heat and often a fire!

Many hardware stores accept batteries for recycling.

Plastic Bags
This one might surprise people – it’s a commonly made mistake when recycling. No plastic bags are able to be recycled at standard recycling facilities. Not only are they not recyclable at single sort recycle facilities, but when people put them in the container loose, they can blow away and cause havoc on the equipment used to process recyclable material causing down time to equipment.

Curbside recycling is collected and processed at Material Recovery Facilities (MRF’s). One of the common items that we find in the recycling stream are consumer plastic bags. I.e. Target bags, Wal-Mart bags, etc. These plastic bags cause havoc at the sorting facility and create increased downtime. Please, do not place loose bags in your recycle container.

You may feel you are being tidy by bagging your recyclables before you put them in the cart. But all your hard work can actually be working against the recycling process. Instead of bagging recyclables, please dump loose materials into the curbside bin.

We all have to pay extra attention to what is put in the recycle containers. You may think it “should be” recycled, but by putting it in the cart when it can’t be recycled, only costs more do contaminated product and rejected material.


Commercial Recycling

CommRecycleCutWaste Partners Inc. can reduce your waste collection costs with our commercial recycling services.

The materials we collect for recycling are:

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Mixed paper (newspaper & office paper)
  • Commingled glass, plastic (#1 - #7)
  • Aluminum/tin cans.

We offer a variety of service levels from cart service to dumpster service for larger volumes.