Public Works / Highway Department / Recycling & Hazardous Waste Facility  507-437-7718

For Questions, contact:

(507) 437-9551     Jeff Weaver

Recycling Office Hours are limited to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 1 - 5 pm.

Please note that recycling bins will only be available during office hours.


Hazardous Waste Drop-off & Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - noon & 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays.  ________________________________________________________________________________________


 Contenedor De Basura Para Periodicos

Curbside Services 2019
Adams, Taopi, LeRoy, Brownsdale, Grand Meadow Curbside Recycling Pickup  
Austin & Mapleview curbside schedule & Map and Acceptable Materials  

How do I sign up for Recycling and how much does it cost?

Come to the Recycling Center during regular business hours and there you will receive three bins, be given a brief overview of the program and be on your way within ten minutes.  Recycling fees are included in the taxes paid by Mower County residents.  As long as you are a resident of Mower County there is no additional cost to you.  Please be prepared to show proof of residence if requested.

How do holidays affect the Curbside Collection?

Mower County's recycling schedule is not affected by Monday holidays as pick-up days are only Tuesday-Friday. Legal holidays affected (see schedule) will not be picked up on their normal days but will slide to the next business day. See schedule for complete details.

Why Should I Recycle?

We have to do something with the garbage we produce. In 1990 American's produced on average over half a ton of garbage per person every year - about 3.5lbs per day.

No more space - landfill space is very limited.

Safety first - Even if all landfills were available, they'd be health and safety hazards. Most landfills were build before safety standards became a priority. They are not equipped to stop toxins from seeping into the groundwater.

Burning garbage is not the answer. Incinerators are one of the largest sources of air pollution in most communities, spewing gases that contribute to acid rain, toxic metals and dioxins.

Common Sense - making the most of what we have is an American tradition.

It's Quick - it takes less time then you think. A recent study done for the EPA showed that the total time used by a household is only 73 minutes per month. You can make a profit on it by selling aluminum. Recycling also saves on natural resources.


Household Hazardous Waste

Acceptable Materials:  Examples of products which can be brought to the HHW facility (during business hours only): acids, aerosols, adhesives, varnishes, gasoline, stains, solvents, latex\oil based paints and household pesticides.

We DO NOT ACCEPT the following wastes: Fluorescent Bulbs; Alkaline, NiCad button, or Automobile Batteries**; Motor Oil or Oil Filters; Antifreeze; Explosive Materials; Radioactive Waste; Medical Waste; Agricultural Pesticides or Fertilizers; Business Wastes; Tires. For information on how to properly dispose of these items, call our business office.

**Regular dry cell alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D) are not hazardous waste items. These can be simply disposed of by placing in your normal trash.

Guidelines for Dropping off Hazardous Waste Items:  Must Be at least 18 years of age or older, a resident of Mower County, and must be able to provide a valid driver's license or other valid ID upon request. Any Household Hazardous Waste that is dropped off or left unattended before proper authorization is considered ILLEGAL DUMPING and will be prosecuted as such.

I Live Outside of Austin, Do they have collection in My area?

Yes. Mower County has been doing remote collections out in the county during the summer months (two per summer). We have been rotating the sites the last couple of years to try and target areas that are further away from our central facility. Watch for newspaper ads, radio announcements, call the office, or email us for further information. These remote collections usually have been a one-day collection for approximately 3 hours.


Recycling & Household Hazardous Waste
Office and Drop-off site
1111 8th Ave NE, Austin MN  55912


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