Acceptable Items for Recycling
Place the following items together in your recycling cart, they do not have to be separated:
- Aseptic packaging (milk cartons, juice boxes, etc.)
- Colored and clear bottles and jars
- Plastics, Number 1 to 5 and Number 7 (Number 6 not recyclable)
- Steel and aluminum cans
Other Items to Recycle
- Compact Florescent Bulbs (CFLs): River Falls Municipal Utility offers free recycling of all CFLs.
- Plastic Grocery Bags: Family Fresh and Dicks IGA both offer plastic bag recycling bins between their sets of front doors.
- Medications: The River Falls Police Department accepts prescription medications. Please remove the medication from bottles and place in a baggie. The following items ARE accepted:
- Prescription and non-prescription pills
- Pet Medications
- The following items ARE NOT accepted:
- Medications from businesses or clinics
- Aerosol cans
- IV bags
- The Pierce County Sheriff's Department and the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department also accept prescription medications.
- Tires: Most places that sell tires will also recycle them; otherwise, they can be brought to spring or fall cleanup for a fee.
Information about recycling cell phones, batteries, eyeglasses, and much more can be found on the St. Croix County Recycling Website.
Rules & Preparation Guidelines
- Do not use plastic bags, items should be placed in the container "loose".
- Large cardboard should be flattened and folded or cut into pieces not larger that 2 by 2 feet in size and placed next to or underneath the recycling bin.
- All recycling must be placed curbside for collection on the same day as your garbage service.
- Labels do not need to be removed.
- Rinse containers to produce less than 5% food debris.
- Keep caps on bottles, jars, and other containers.
- Aerosol cans
- Bathroom wastepaper
- Christmas wrapping paper
- Food-contaminated packaging
- Gasoline containers
- Hazardous waste containers
- Packaging material
- Paint cans
- Paper and plastic cups
- Plate or window glass
Note: Food-contaminated packaging is defined as items that cannot be cleaned to 5% food debris, i.e., pizza boxes.