Recycling Beyond the Curbside Bin


If you missed the opportunity to bring your real holiday tree in for ‘treecycling’…..
We will still take them at WLSSD’s Materials Recovery Center.

Holiday Lights

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

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.

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 and the rural recycling drop-off sites in the City of Rice Lake and surrounding townships also accept 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 – make sure the plastic film stretches when you press a finger into it.

Not Accepted:

Soil or mulch bags, black plastic bags, bubble wrap, plastic food containers or plastic bottles, plastic film that ‘breaks’ when you press a finger into it

* 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 Kohl’s 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.

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. Textile recycling is also available at WLSSD’s Materials Recovery Center.