Recycling Beyond the Curbside Bin


WLSSD sponsors holiday tree collection at multiple sites throughout the region. Remember—wreaths, stands, garland and other holiday decorations should be placed in your trash.

These locations are still open for treecycling through January 31:


WLSSD Materials Recovery Center
4587 Ridgeview Road
Tuesday through Saturday, 9am – 4pm

WLSSD Yard Waste Compost Site
2626 Courtland Street
Daily 7am – 5pm

306 S Central Avenue
Weekdays 8am – 5pm, Sat 8am – 2pm

VONCO V Landfill
1100 W Gary Street
Weekdays 8am – 4pm

In Carlton County through January 15:

SAPPI Fine Paper (Gatehouse Entrance) and the Moose Lake Compost Site are collecting trees after the holidays.

Holiday Lights

Recycle your unwanted holiday light strings and any electrical cords that no longer work—FREE.  You can bring them to the WLSSD Materials Recovery Center all year round.

Plastic Bags

Plastic bag recycling containers are located at Super One Foods stores in Cloquet, Duluth, Two Harbors and Superior, at the Whole Foods Coop in eastern Duluth, and at other area retailers.  The WLSSD Materials Recovery Center also accepts plastic bags for recycling. All bags must be clean and dry.


  • Grocery bags, newspaper bags, dry-cleaning bags, stretch/shrink wrap, plastic wrap from paper products (paper towels, etc.), salt bags with rigid plastic handles removed, retail bags with string ties or rigid handles removed, zipper-type food storage bags WITHOUT rigid plastic closing mechanism.
  • Bags WITHOUT food residue from produce, cereal, bread, frozen food

Not Accepted:

Soil or mulch bags, black plastic bags, bubble wrap, plastic food containers or plastic bottles

*** Look for other stores that also recycle plastic bags through their own programs such as Cub Foods, Walmart, Target and some area department stores like Younkers, Shopko, Kohls and JCPenney.


Recycle on the Go at Area Gas Stations

Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor area gas stations provide on-site recycling for beverage bottles and cans. Look for the large bottle-shaped bins near the fuel pumps and at store entrances when you stop in for fuel or a snack.

Small appliances

Recycle your small appliances such as vacuum cleaners, toaster ovens, irons, blenders and more! Valuable materials are recovered when you bring these items to WLSSD’s Materials Recovery Center for recycling. The fee is just $2 each.

Clothing and other Textiles

Textiles like clothing, towels and more can be recycled! Keep these items out of the landfill by donating to area charitable or thrift stores or look for collection boxes in area parking lots serviced by Disabled American Veterans or USAgain. Textile recycling is also available at WLSSD’s Materials Recovery Center.