Video – Woodbury, MN FREE Recycling!! “Tour and How-To” 

Have you used the “Washington County Environmental Center” in Woodbury, MN? It’s FREE and you can drop off old TV’s, computers, paint, used oil, etc. I think more people should know about it, especially people who are moving. It’s a great way to get rid of your old stuff as well as disposing of it the correct way.


Washington County Environmental Center

4039 Cottage Grove Drive

Woodbury, MN 55129

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Tue:  11am – 7pm

Thu:  8am – 4:30pm

Fri:  8am – 4:30pm

Sat:  8am – 2pm

Closed on Major Holidays

The following items are examples of what is accepted from residents at Washington

County’s Environmental Center in Woodbury.

Paper & Cardboard:

· All paper bags, books, boxboard and corrugated cardboard,


· Magazines and catalogs

· Mail, office paper, and all envelopes

· Newspaper and phone books

· Shredded paper, put in a closed paper bag


· Foil and trays

· Glass bottles and jars, remove lids

· Plastic bottles, remove lids and  flatten

· Steel and aluminum cans

· Clear clam shell containers and plastics marked #1 & #7

· Plastic yogurt, butter tubs and ice cream pails

· Milk/juice cartons and juice boxes

Additional Plastics: (Must be clean, dry and separate from other recyclables)

· Grocery, retail, salt (remove handle), and dry-cleaning bags

· Cereal, bread, and produce bags

· Plastic wrap from paper products


· Holiday lights and extension cords

· Campaign and real estate lawn signs, metal stands

· Scrap metal (small household items such as pots and pans, tomato cages, fence posts, and tools)

Hazardous Materials:

Home Improvement and Construction

· Paints, stains, and varnish

· Paint remover and thinner

· Wood preservatives

Household Items:

· Mercury thermometers and thermostats

· Fire extinguishers

· Aerosol cans

· Household cleaners

· Fluorescent bulbs, CFL’s, and light ballasts

Yard, Garden, and Recreation:

· Fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides

· Bug spray and rodent bait

· Pool chemicals

· Propane tanks

· Charcoal lighter fluid and kerosene

Automotive and Garage:

· Used auto fluids, filters, and lubricants

· Cleaners and degreasers

· Rechargeable batteries

· Concrete cleaner

· Driveway sealer


· TVs, DVD, and VCR players

· Phones, cell phones, and fax machines

· Computers and monitors

· Peripherals (printers, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.)

· Microwave ovens

Household Sharps:

· Place syringes, needles, lancets or used epi pens in a rigid or sturdy container

· Label container: “HOUSEHOLD SHARPS”

· Let the attendant know you have a sharps container

The Washington County Environmental Center is located at 4039 Cottage Grove Dr. in Woodbury, MN just south of Bailey road  and of West of Manning Ave.  This is a wonderful service for the City of Woodbury and surrounding areas.  If you’ve ever wondered where to get rid of hazardous material such as Paint, Aerosol cans, Fluorescent bulbs, used automotive fluids and cleaners, the environmental center will most likely take them otherwise they’ll steer you in the right direction of someone who will. They make the process super easy for you drop off your items.  All you have have to do is follow the signs and pull around the building and drive in.  An attendant will grab your drivers license to make sure your a local resident and then they will ask you what you have to drop off.  You don’t even have to get out of your car.  Just pop your trunk or gate and they will remove it for you. You can then drive out and the whole process only takes about 1-2 minutes. 

The Environmental Center also has a free product room.  Residents can look for items such as latex and oil paints, household cleaners, automotive supplies, and even books.  The center is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Check their website for updated hours. Many of my seller clients utilize the service to drop off their old paint cans before moving.  Stop by and check it out for yourselves.  Thanks for watching make sure to tell your friends about this great place.

Darin Bjerknes

Commonwealth Realty
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If you’d like help with buying or selling, I would be honored take great care of you and your real estate needs.