Changes to Recycling Pickups
Effective December 2019 collections of recyclable materials is every other week.
Recycling will be picked up the weeks of March 9th & 23rd, 2020, April 6th & 20th, 2020 and May 4th & 18th, 2020.
This handy 2020 refuse and recycling calendar should have been included in your January utility bill. If you didn’t receive one stop in the Finance Office at 227 S. Front Street and pick one up. Watch for updates on plastics that can be recycled and tips to follow to help our recycling program.
Over the last several months there have been substantial changes in the recycling market place in Minnesota, but also within the United States and internationally. Geopolitical issues have impacted how much, where, and what can be produced with recycled materials. These changes are now impacting our current system here within Saint Peter.
Previously recyclable materials may have had some value to the recyclers or they would at least break even which meant recyclers would take the material without charge. That economic position for the marketplace has ended. This change is being made to help us keep your current recycling rate.
Recycling Pickup is every other week
Your Recycling pickup day is the same as your refuse/garbage pickup day and picked up every other week.
- All City refuse plans include recycling.
- All recyclables and refuse must be placed street-side by 7 a.m.
- Please keep the recycling curbie (yellow lid) and garbage curbie at least three feet apart.
- There’s no need to separate when you recycle. You simply put all your recyclable materials into the curbie with the yellow lid.
Acceptable Items to be Recycled include:
Plastic #1, 2, 4 & 5 Plastic Food & Beverage Containers
Please remove and discard all pumps, and metal handles. Empty and rinse. Plastic bottles & containers can be crushed to save space. Don’t forget to recycle your plastic milk & juice containers.
Food & Beverage Glass Bottles/Jars
Rinse. DO NOT break bottles and jars.
Metal Beverage and Food Cans
Aluminum and Metal Containers, empty and rinse, no need to remove labels or crush. Empty paint cans are also accepted.
Paper and Cardboard
Paper from newspapers, magazines, junk mail, greeting cards, dry non-coated food paper box board, and small flat pieces of corrugated cardboard box material are all accepted.
Unacceptable Items that Cannot by Recycled:
Plastic bags, plastic 4 or 6 pack holders
Window glass, drinking glasses, light bulbs, Christmas lights, mirrors, ceramics
Aerosol cans, oil, antifreeze or fuel containers, auto glass
Milk cartons, egg cartons, paper towel or toilet paper rolls, gift paper or tissue paper.
Wallpaper, slides or negatives, razors, needles or sharp, wood
Foam products, clothing, blankets, flower pots, yard waste or furniture
None of the above items can be accepted.
For information on getting rid of hazardous waste, please contact the Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility and Product Reuse Center. It is open from April to October at 651 Summit Avenue in Mankato. This service is open to Nicollet County residents. They will accept materials at no charge from households.
For more information call 507-304-4242, or visit the Blue Earth County website.
Free year-round Christmas light recycling available at Arrow Ace Hardware in Saint Peter. Holiday lights cannot be put in your recycling bin.
The City of Saint Peter also promotes recycling for holiday light strings, appliances, fluorescent light bulbs, electronics, and household hazardous waste. Please watch for collection dates on Facebook, and in our monthly Utility Bill Flyer (PDF).
Food Waste Compost Program
In June 2019, the City started offering "drop-off" Food Waste Composting to residential customers at two locations:
- The current yard waste compost facility just off North Swift Street (1128 North Swift Street) adjacent to the National Guard Armory.
- The overflow parking area of Jefferson Fields (enter at 950 Menk Drive).
For details, see the Food Waste Composting page.