Single Sort Residential Recycling

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NO RECYCLNG PICK-UP the Weeks of December 9th, December 23rd, & January 6th.

Curbside collections of recyclable materials is now every other week at each residence instead of weekly.  This change is being made to allow us to keep our current recycling rate.  Recycling WILL BE PICKED UP the weeks of December 2, 2019, December 16, 2019, December 30, 2019 and January 13, 2020.  For 2020 look for a handy refuse & recycling calendar in the utility bill you will receive the first week of January.  Watch for a few updates on plastics that can be recycled and tips to follow to help our recycling program.  

Some background information: Over the last several months there have been substantial changes in the recycling market place in Minnesota, but also within the United States and internationally. Geopolitical issues have impacted how much, where, and what can be produced with recycled materials. These changes are now impacting our current system here within Saint Peter. Previously recyclable materials may have had some value to the recyclers or they would at least break even which meant recyclers would take the material without charge. That economic position for the marketplace has ended.  This change is being made to help us keep your current recycling rate. 

Recycling - Your pickup day is the same as your refuse/garbage pickup day and picked up every other week.

No need to separate when you recycle. You simply put all your recyclable materials into the curbie with the yellow lid.

All City refuse plans include recycling.
All recyclables and refuse must be placed street-side by 7:00 a.m.
Please keep the recycling curbie (yellow lid) and garbage curbie at least three feet apart.

Plastic #1, 2, 4 & 5 Plastic Food & Beverage Containers

Please remove and discard all pumps, and metal handles. Empty and rinse. Plastic bottles & containers can be crushed to save space.  Don't forget to recycle your plastic milk & juice containers.  (Plastic bags and foam products are NOT accepted.)

Food & Beverage Glass Bottles/Jars

Rinse. DO NOT break bottles and jars.  (Window glass, drinking glasses, light bulbs, ceramics are NOT accepted.)

Metal Beverage and Food Cans

Aluminum and Metal Containers, empty and rinse, no need to remove labels or crush. Empty paint cans are also accepted. (Aerosol cans, oil or fuel containers are NOT accepted.)

Paper and Cardboard

Paper from newspapers, magazines, junk mail, greeting cards, dry non-coated food paper box board, and small flat pieces of corrugated cardboard box material are all accepted.   (NOT accepted - Milk cartons, egg cartons, paper towel or toilet paper rolls, gift paper or tissue paper.)

Other Unaccepted Items: 

Styrofoam packaging, auto glass, light bulbs or mirrors, Christmas lights, antifreeze or fuel containers, wallpaper, plastic 4 or 6 pack holders, photos, slides or negatives, razors, needles or sharp, wood, clothing, blankets, flower pots, yard waste or furniture.


Glass, Cans, Plastics, Paper and Cardboard DO NOT need to be separated -

It's simple, just place in your recycle sorting required!


Thank you for Recycling! Recycling is good for the environment.

Check out for rebates available for certain appliance recycling and purchases of appliances.

Recycling Drop off Sites

RECYCLING DROP OFF SITES – Residents of Saint Peter have two drop off recycling sites in addition to the curbside recycling.  
Click above for more information and site locations.

FREE Year-Round CHRISTMAS LIGHT RECYCLING available at Arrow Ace Hardware in Saint Peter.  Holiday lights cannot be put in your recycling bin.

Hazardous Waste

For information on getting rid of hazardous waste, please contact the Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility and Product Reuse Center.   It is open from April – October at 651 Summit Avenue in Mankato. This service is open to Nicollet County residents. They will accept materials at no charge from households. For more information call (507) 304-4242, or visit the website at
The City of Saint Peter also promotes recycling for holiday light strings, appliances, flourescent light bulbs, electronics, and household hazardous waste. Please watch for collection dates on Facebook, and in our monthly Utility Bill Flyer.
For refuse information click here

Food Waste Compost Program (organics recycling)

In June 2019, the City started offering "drop-off" Food Waste Composting to residential customers at two locations:

The current yard waste compost facility just off North Swift Street (1128 North Swift Street) adjacent to the National Guard Armory.
The overflow parking area of Jefferson Fields (enter at 950 Menk Drive).




Please call (507) 934-0664