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Recycling Center

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.)

Recycling Center Schedule and Recycling Guide

Acceptable Items for Recycling

  • 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

Item Not Recyclable at This Facility

  • Oil containers
  • Pizza boxes
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Plastic Bags
  • Wax coated cartons
  • Styrofoam
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Glass dishware
  • To-go coffee cups and lids
  • Chip, snack, and fast food packaging
  • Medical waste
  • Paper plates
  • Aerosol cans (pesticide aerosol cans can be recycled at Household Hazardous Waste; food aerosols can be placed in the garbage)

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

Medical Sharps

Medical Sharp Drop off Locations in Lake County

  • Lake View Silver Bay Medical Clinic, 50 Outer Dr., Silver Bay. Open Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Lake View Medical Clinic Two Harbors, 325 11th Avenue, Two Harbors. Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 pm.
  • Lake County Recycling Center, Recycle Center Drive, Two Harbors. Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Used Motor Oil and Filters

  • Two Harbors (behind Recycling Center next to Household Hazardous Waste building)
  • Silver Bay (at Blazers Repair)
  • Fall Lake Township Solid Waste Transfer Station

Collection Services/Alternate Recycling Drop-Off Sites

John’s Sanitary – D&D Services

John’s Sanitary – D&D Services provides full service recycling to residential and commercial customers.

John’s Sanitary – D&D Services also accepts recyclables for customers to drop-off:
15 Golf Course Rd
Silver Bay, MN 55614
Monday-Friday 7:00AM-3:00 PM
(218) 226-3418

Fall Lake Transfer Station

Fall Lake Township operates a solid waste transfer station. Garbage, recycling, used oil and filters, and yard waste is accepted at the transfer station located at:
303 Kawishiwi Trl
Ely, MN 55731
May-August: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday 8:00AM-4:00PM
September: Wednesday and Saturday 8:00AM-4:00 PM
October-April: Saturday 8:00AM-4:00PM

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.


2018 Recycling Survey