LET'S TALK TRASH: Get to know the county recycling center


If you have any electronics, household hazardous waste, fluorescent bulbs or rechargeable batteries, they must be separated from other waste and brought to the recycling center building at the south transfer station.

To access the recycling center, go around or through the new transfer station building, and continue to follow the traffic around the building, as if exiting. In front of you, there will be an open overhead door with a big blue sign. This is the recycling center.

The recycling center is now home to our electronic recycling program, our household hazardous waste program, and our bulb and battery program.

Electronics include items, such as televisions, computers, monitors, laptops, printers, stereo equipment, cell phones and more. Any and all electronics must be brought to the recycling center building.

Household hazardous waste is also accepted at the recycling center, and includes any household paints and stains, or chemicals labeled with a signal word (“caution,” “warning,” “danger” or “poison”). When transporting any of these materials, please handle them carefully and be sure to secure them properly in your car.


In addition to household hazardous waste disposal, we also have a reuse area. When residents bring in household hazardous waste – such as paint, pesticides, cleaners, furniture strippers or wood preservatives – we check to see if the material can still be used. If the material can still be used, we set it aside and make it available to Hubbard County residents for free.

The next time you are looking to purchase paint, cleaners or other chemicals, check our reuse area before heading to the store.

Be sure to properly dispose of all of your electronics, household hazardous waste, bulbs and rechargeable batteries by bringing them to our recycling center located at the south transfer station in Park Rapids.

We also collect all of the above material at the north transfer station in Kabekona.

If you have any questions or concerns, email or look on our website

Laura Wessberg is Hubbard County’s Minnesota GreenCorps volunteer.

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