→ 2017 County Recycling Survey results available here

Recycling in Lake County is accomplished through joint cooperation between the Lake County Solid Waste Department and private enterprise.
Lake County owns and operates a full service recycling facility located within the City of Two Harbors on Recycle Center Drive. (Across from North Shore Manufacturing)


Lake County Recycling Center
515 Recycle Center Drive, Two Harbors

: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM  
Sunday: Closed

2018 DAC/Recycle Center Schedule.pdf

Acceptable Items for Recycling
see a full list here
All containers must be empty and clean

  • Plastic (#1 & #2 only)
  • Glass
  • Aluminum cans and foil
  • Tin cans
  • Paint cans, empty and dry
  • Newspaper
  • White paper
  • Magazines
  • Color paper
  • Junk mail
  • Cardboard
  • Brown paper bags
  • Pasteboard
  • Phonebooks
  • Books

NO Oil containers
NO Pizza boxes
NO Plastic plant pots
NO Plastic Bags
NO wax coated cartons
NO Styrofoam™
NO Batteries
NO Light bulbs
NO Glass dishware
NO To-go coffee cups and lids
NO Chip, snack, and fast food packaging
NO Medical waste
NO Paper plates
                                Aluminum redemption for cash program operated by D.A.C. of Knife River
                                                          Monday thru Thursday 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Used motor oil and filters collected at these locations...
Two Harbors (Next to the HHW Building)
Silver Bay (at Blazers Repair)
Fall Lake Township - Canister Site

 John’s Sanitary provides full service recycling to residential and commercial customers.
John’s Sanitary also accepts recyclables for customers to drop-off.
15 Gold Course Rd, Silver Bay
Monday-Friday 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Fall Lake Township operates a  solid waste transfer station
Garbage, Recycling, Used oil and filters, Yard waste, and Scrap metal is accepted at the transfer station
303 Kawishiwi Trail, Ely
May-August: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
September: Wednesday and Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
October-April: Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM



Please remember that these services are provided by the taxpayers of Lake County for your convenience and need your cooperation to be successful. We work on the honor system, please be honorable.


Lake County reserves the option to add or subtract services to react to the changing waste stream.