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Nowthen Recycling Center

19800 Nowthen Blvd. NW Nowthen, MN 55303
Operating Hours
Tue. & Thurs. 11 AM - 7 PM
Wed. & Fri. 11 AM - 5 PM
Saturdays 8 AM - 12 PM
The Recycling Center ONLY accepts CLEAN recyclables (glass & plastic containers, steel, tin, & aluminum cans, etc.). Please make sure all leftover food and other residues are washed outbefore recycling them. We also only accept DRY cardboard.Thank you! 

The Recycling Center is under 24-hour surveillance. Any items left outside the door will be considered illegal dumping. Residents who choose to dump will receive a citation and be fined.

Cardboard Box Notice: Please cut up any giant cardboard boxes  into at least a 28" width by 58" length before dropping them off at the Recycling Center. Doing so will make them easier to bale. 

Recycling drop-off procedures for PAID recycling:

Items that require a fee to be recycled should be paid for in the city office Monday to Friday 10 AM - 5 PM. See below for a list of our free recycling.


You will receive a receipt and a red PAID sticker notating items. The white receipt copy will be given to you to show the recycling attendant; the yellow receipt copy may be given to city office staff. 

Credit card payments can be taken over the phone and in person.

Items we accept free of charge:

Paper Recycling

  • Cardboard  (see our Cardboard Box Notice above)

  • Catalogs & Magazines

  • Newspapers & Inserts

  • Office paper

  • Paper bags

  • Phone books

  • School paper

  • Shredded paper  (in closed paper bags)

Automotive Misc.

  • Oil & Oil filters

  • Antifreeze

  • Batteries  (no household batteries)

Rigid Containers

  • Glass - brown, clear, and green food containers

  • Aluminum cans - food and pop cans

  • Steel and tin food cans

  • Plastic bottles and containers - ONLY those marked #1, #2, or #5

  • Please separate ALUMINUM cans from STEEL & TIN cans


  • Scrap Metal

  • Holiday Lights

  • Extension Cords

We now recycle used eyeglasses! Stop by the Nowthen City Office to drop off your glasses for free! 

For Recycling questions, contact the City Office at 763-441-1347
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