Resources for Residents

  • The Washington County Environmental Center provides residents of Washington County with free and convenient disposal of household hazardous waste, electronics and recyclables. The center is located in Woodbury and proof of residency, such as a driver’s license is required to drop items off. 
  • Rethink Recycling for Residents is the online “go-to guide for waste & recycling in the Twin Cities”. The site is managed by the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB).

  • Reduce Waste at Home, a guide created by The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, provides useful information for residents on how to reduce waste at home and away. The site provides information on reducing your waste when you shop, in the yard, through non-toxic cleaning and by reducing your junk mail, and at the holidays.

  • The Twin Cities Free Market  is an online resource for citizens wishing to get rid of unwanted clutter  without sending it to a landfill or paying to have it removed. If the item is usable or repairable, post it on the Twin Cities Free Market. Your trash could become someone else’s treasure!

  • The Chinook Book assembles information about environmental topics, as well as a variety of coupons and offers from the best green and local merchants in the Twin Cities.

  • The Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network's Next Step site has been designed to provide Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network (MnSCN) members and others with information, access to resources, opportunities for networking, and inspiration on the topic of sustainable communities. NextStep site users have the ability to post information and resources on the site as well as to access the resources and information posted on the site.

Recycling for Businesses

  • BizRecycling is a program sponsored by Washington and Ramsey Counties, along with Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation, that provides businesses with free professional consultation on waste reduction and recycling. The no-cost services include in-depth technical analysis, waste bill analysis and help with developing and implementing a program, that can save businesses money. In addition, the program provides grants to businesses to develop a new recycling or food waste/organics recovery program.  Even if a program is already in place, Waste Wise can help identify areas for improvement that may also be linked to grant assistance.
  • Rethink Recycling for Business helps local businesses make smart recycling and disposal decisions.

  • The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency provides useful information for businesses on how to reduce waste in the office. On the website, select "At the office."