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Community Recycling Events in 2017

 Believe it or not, Spring is coming and so is Collection season! Every year The Retrofit Companies partners up with communities across the Upper Midwest to host Recycling Collection Events, accepting things like electronic waste, appliances, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, and ballasts for recycling.

All scheduled events for 2017 are listed below, with more information on our Facebook page.

Do you want to learn more about how your community or your business can plan a recycling collection?

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APRIL 22nd

City of Barnesville, MN (Clay County)

FREE Residential Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

205 Front Street North

Barnesville, MN 56514

8AM-NOON

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

ALL OF THIS ELECTRONIC WASTE ACCEPTED FROM CLAY COUNTY RESIDENTS FOR FREE!

City of Vadnais Heights, MN

Electronic and Appliance Waste Recycling Collection Event

651 East County Road F

Vadnais Heights, MN 55127

8AM-2PM

Waste Collected- Appliances and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF VADNAIS HEIGHTS FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

City of Maplewood, MN

Electronic and Appliance Waste Recycling Collection Event

Aldrich Arena

1850 White Bear Avenue North

Maplewood, MN 55109

8AM-1PM

Waste Collected- Appliances and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF MAPLEWOOD FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

APRIL 24th-MAY 8th

City of Little Canada (Drop-off @ The Retrofit Companies)

Electronic and Universal Waste Recycling Drop-off Event

2960 Yorkton Blvd

Little Canada, MN 55127

7AM-4PM MONDAY, APRIL, 24th-FRIDAY, MAY 8th AND SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH 8AM-NOON

Waste Collected- Fluorescent lamps, non-PCB ballasts, batteries, appliances and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

Fee Schedule

Screened items (TVs and Monitors) -$15.00 each

All other Non-Screen E-waste (computers, laptops, printers, etc.)- FREE

Microwaves- $25.00 each

Ballasts- $5.00 each

Fluorescent lamps- $1.00 each

Broken fluorescent lamps- $5.00 each

APRIL 29TH

City of Moorhead, MN (Clay County)

FREE Residential Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

1300 15TH Avenue North

Moorhead, MN 55127

8AM-NOON

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

ALL OF THIS ELECTRONIC WASTE ACCEPTED FROM CLAY COUNTY RESIDENTS FOR FREE!

City of Roseville, MN

Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

2555 Dale Street

Roseville, MN 55113

8AM-3PM

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF ROSEVILLE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

MAY 4th

City of Ada, MN (Al’s Disposal)

Universal Waste Recycling Collection Event

808 East Main Street

Ada, MN 56510

10AM-2PM

Waste Collected-Batteries, fluorescent lamps, and ballasts

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF ADA OR AL’S DISPOSAL FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

City of Fairmont, MN

County Residents- Lamp and Ballast Waste Recycling Collection Event

1215 North State Street

(Old K-Mart Parking lot)

Fairmont, MN 56031

9AM-1PM

Waste Collected- Fluorescent lamps and ballasts.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF FAIRMONT FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

MAY 6th

City of White Bear Lake, MN

Lamps, Appliance and Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

4200 Hoffman Road

Public Works Building

White Bear Lake, MN 55110

7AM-1PM

Waste Collected- Fluorescent lamps, Appliances, and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF WHITE BEAR LAKE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

City of East Grand Forks, MN

E-waste and Universal Waste Recycling Collection Event

1001 2nd Street NE

East grand Forks, MN 56721

9AM-3PM

Waste Collected- Fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, , and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF EAST GRAND FORKS FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

Keep Columbus Beautiful-Columbus, NE

Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

First United Methodist Church

2710 14th Street

Columbus, NE 68608

9AM-1PM

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT “KEEP COLUMBUS BEAUTIFUL” FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

MAY 13th

City of Austin

Electronic Waste and Appliance Recycling Collection Event

Mower County Fairgrounds

700 12TH Street SW

Austin, MN 55912

9AM-2PM

Waste Collected- Appliances and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

NOT ACCEPTING: fluorescent lamps, broken glass/lamps, Mercury containing devices, smoke detectors, liquid waste, PCB ballasts or capacitors, or any other hazardous waste.

Fee Schedule

CRT/Flat TVs and Monitors- $10.00 each Console/Projection TVs- $15.00 each

Household Appliances (White Goods)- $20.00 each

Microwaves and Small household Appliances- $5.00 each

*Freon Appliances- add $25.00 each

Computer/Laptops, hard drives, printers, copiers, vacuum cleaners, large speakers- $2.00 each

*Hard drive cleansing- add $25.00 each

Mice, Keyboards, computer speakers, cables, and wires- FREE

City of Hawley, MN (Clay County)

FREE Residential Electronic Waste Collection Event

716 Front Street

Hawley, MN 56549

8AM-NOON

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

ALL OF THIS ELECTRONIC WASTE ACCEPTED FROM CLAY COUNTY RESIDENTS FOR FREE!

MAY 20th

City of Albert Lea (Freeborn County)

Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

Freeborn County Fairgrounds

1031 Bridge Avenue

Albert Lea, MN 56007

10AM-2PM

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

Fee Schedule:

TVs and Monitors (CRT and Flat)- $15.00 each

Console and Projections TVs- $20.00 each

Computers, laptops, printers, copiers, speakers, microwaves, small household appliances- $3.00 each

Misc. cables, mice and keyboards- FREE

City of Shoreview, MN

Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive

Arden Hills, MN 55112

7AM-NOON

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF SHOREVIEW FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

Owatonna, MN-Steele County

Universal and Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

The Retrofit Companies

1010 Hoffman Drive

Owatonna, MN 55060

9AM-NOON

Waste Collected- fluorescent lamps, Mercury devices, batteries, ballasts, appliances, and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

Fee Schedule:

Fluorescent lamps- $0.50 each

HID and Shatterproof lamps- $1.00 each

Incandescent and LED lamps- $0.25 each

Mercury devices and Non-PCB ballasts- $5.00 each
 

Alkaline, NiCad, Sealed Lead Acid Batteries- $0.50 per lb.

TVs and Computer Monitors (CRT and Flat)- $20.00 each

Computers, Laptops, printers, copiers- $3.00 each

Mice, keyboards, cables, and all other misc. E-waste- FREE

Household Appliances- $20.00 each

MAY 27TH

City of Hawley, MN (Clay County)

Business Waste Collection Event

3301 190th Street

Hawley, MN 56549

8AM-10AM

Waste Collected- Fluorescent lamps, ballasts, and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT CLAY COUNTY FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

City of Moorhead, MN (Clay County)

Business Waste Collection Event-

1300 15TH Avenue North

Moorhead, MN 55127

NOON-4PM

Waste Collected- Fluorescent lamps, ballasts, and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT CLAY COUNTY FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

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JUNE 3rd

City of Grand Marais (Cook County)

Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

630 5th Avenue West

Grand Marais, MN 55604

9AM-1PM

Waste Collected- Fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, appliances, and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

Fee Schedule:

TVs and Monitors (CRT and Flat)- $15.00 each

All other E-waste- FREE

Household Appliances and Microwaves- $25.00 each

Small household appliances- FREE

JUNE 10th

City of Aitkin, MN (Aitkin County)

FREE Residential Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

Aitkin County Recycling Center

36488 400th Avenue

Aitkin, MN 56431

10AM-2PM

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

ALL OF THIS ELECTRONIC WASTE ACCEPTED FROM AITKIN COUNTY RESIDENTS FOR FREE!

AUGUST 26th

City of Grand Marais (Cook County)

Residential Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

630 5th Avenue West

Grand Marais, MN 55604

9AM-1PM

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

Fee Schedule:

TVs and Monitors (CRT and Flat)- $15.00 each

All other E-waste- FREE

Household Appliances and Microwaves- $25.00 each

Small household appliances- FREE

SEPTEMBER 22nd

City of Albert Lea (Freeborn County)

Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

Freeborn County Fairgrounds

1031 Bridge Avenue

Albert Lea, MN 56007

10AM-2PM

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

Fee Schedule:

TVs and Monitors (CRT and Flat)- $15.00 each

Console and Projections TVs- $20.00 each

Computers, laptops, printers, copiers, speakers, microwaves, small household appliances- $3.00 each

Misc. cables, mice and keyboards- FREE

...new events being added to TRC's Facebook Events as they are scheduled. Be sure to follow us for these notifications.

Community Recycling Events in 2015

2015-Recycling-Collection-Events

This year's recycling collection event season is already underway, and The Retrofit Companies has been asked to partner with a large number of communities to take part! All currently scheduled events are listed below, with full details available on our Facebook events.  

Or click the button here to Learn more about how we plan recycling collections:

Learn More About Recycling Collections

 

MAY 09
ATLANTIC, IA // EWASTE Recycling Collection :UPDATED
The Cass County Fair (IA) in Atlantic, Iowa
7:00am


MAY 09
AUSTIN / MOWER COUNTY, MN // Recycling Collection
700 12th Street SW, Austin, MN
9:00am


MAY 09
CITY OF EAST GRAND FORKS, MN // Recycling Collection
1001 2nd Street NE, East Grand Forks, MN 56721
9:00am


MAY 14
BROWN COUNTY, MN // Recycling Collection
Tauer's Supervalu Foods & Gas in Springfield, Minnesota
10:00am


MAY 14
BROWN COUNTY, MN //LAMP RECYCLING COLLECTION
218 19th Street, New Ulm, MN 56073
2:00pm


MAY 16
CITY OF HAWLEY, MN// Recycling Collection
205 Front Street N, Barnesville, MN
8:00am


MAY 16
NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA, MN // Recycling Collection
Central High School in Norwood Young America, Minnesota
8:00am


MAY 16
Owatonna, MN // Recycling Collection
1010 Hoffman Drive, Owatonna, MN 55060
9:00am


MAY 29
FREEBORN COUNTY, MN // Recycling Collection
Freeborn County Fair, Albert Lea, MN in Albert Lea, Minnesota
10:00am


MAY 29
FREEBORN COUNTY, MN // Recycling Collection
Freeborn County Fair, Albert Lea, MN in Albert Lea, Minnesota
10:00am


JUN 06
CITY OF SHOREVIEW, MN // Recycling Collection
Ramsey County Offices Public Works in Saint Paul, Minnesota
7:00am


JUN 13
GRAND MARAIS, MN // COOK COUNTY RECYCLING CENTER EVENT
630 5th Avenue West Grand Marais, MN 55604
9:00am


AUG 29
GRAND MARAIS, MN // COOK COUNTY RECYCLING CENTER EVENT
630 5th Avenue West Grand Marais, MN 55604
9:00am


SEP 10
BROWN COUNTY, MN // Recycling Collection
Tauer's Supervalu Foods & Gas in Springfield, Minnesota
10:00am


SEP 10
BROWN COUNTY, MN //LAMP RECYCLING COLLECTION
218 19th Street, New Ulm, MN 56073
2:00pm


SEP 26
CITY OF RAMSEY, MN// Recycling Collection
14100 Jaspar Street, NW Ramsey, MN 55303
8:00am


OCT 03
CITY OF SHOREVIEW, MN // Recycling Collection
Ramsey County Offices Public Works in Saint Paul, Minnesota
7:00am


OCT 10
CITY OF EAST GRAND FORKS, MN // Recycling Collection
1001 2nd Street NE, East Grand Forks, MN 56721
9:00am

...new events being added to TRC's Facebook Events as they are scheduled. Be sure to follow us for these notifications.

Highlights from previous collection events with TRC

Updated March 2017

Here's a letter from one of our recent Community Recycling Collections where the community recycled over 24,000 pounds of electronics and 177 appliances in just a few hours. For the full view, click here.

maplewood letter

The spring recycling collection season is in full swing, but we want to take a minute to thank everyone who has made a decision to responsibly recycle their used computers, burned-out lightbulbs, and broken dorm refrigerators. Our crews have visited eight communities already this spring, and we have almost TWENTY more collections on the books before summer is over for communities and private groups. 

We hope you'll stop by our events - just look for the TRC trucks - and recycle the items you no longer use. If you want help planning an event for your community, school, business, or other group, read our post on how to plan an event.

questions or for help planning and scheduling your next event - call 1-800-795-1230.

2014 Community Recycling Events

Below is a list of all Community Recycling Events for Spring/Summer 2014. New events are being added to the list so be sure to visit our Facebook page for the most current list and to see other future events.

2014 Recycling Events

While these community events are almost exclusively for households and their waste, The Retrofit Companies offers a waste pick-up service for business customers. Some larger business clients have planned collection days for their employees. With these events, a collection takes place at the business location and employees bring in their waste, such as old computers, fluorescent lamps, batteries and appliances to recycle. The same day, TRC can pick up any Universal Waste the business may have ready to recycle, too!

You can also read our guide to planning a community collection or how to responsibly recycle your Universal Waste, if you are interested in how to set up an event.

For one-on-one guidance visit the "Tell Us How We're Doing" page, and contact our customer service team today!

 

Tell us how we're doing

How to Responsibly Recycle 45,000 lbs of E-waste in 2 Days

2013 Spring Recycling Colle

In just two days, at two separate spring recycling collections, households from two communities in Minnesota and Nebraska responsibly recycled nearly 45,000 pounds of electronic waste. 

MAPLEWOOD, MN -  Congratulations, Maplewood! As a community you recycled a whole bunch of old junk on Saturday, April 20. In just one morning, you recycled over 100 appliances and nearly 15,000 pounds of electronics, televisions and computer monitors at the event held at Aldrich arena. The weather didn’t get you down, that’s for sure. Thanks again for coming out early for Earth Day.

LINCOLN, NE – The weekend previous to Maplewood’s collection, WasteCap of Lincoln held a collection for electronic and fluorescent lamp recycling where the community recycled nearly 29,000 pounds of e-waste and over 700 lamps in one day on April 13th, 2013.

While these community events are almost exclusively for households and their waste, The Retrofit Companies offers a waste pick-up service to business customers. In a really smart "two-fer" scheme, some larger business clients have planned collection days for their employees. With these events, a collection takes place at the business location and employees bring in their waste, such as old computers, fluorescent lamps, batteries and appliances to recycle. The same day, TRC can pick up any Universal Waste the business may have ready to recycle, too!

You can also read our guide to planning a community collection or how to responsibly recycle your Universal Waste, if you are interested in how to set up an event.

This Saturday, April 27th TRC will be at four community events:

 

Vadnais Heights
651 E County Road F
Vadnais Heights, MN
From 8am to 2pm.

Roseville
2555 N Dale Street
Roseville, MN
From 8am to 3pm.

Little Canada
515 E Little Canada Road
Little Canada MN
From 8am to noon.

Hastings
Maintenance Garage
1225 Progress Drive
Hastings, MN
From 9am to 1pm.

 

For full event details you can visit our facebook events page.

Request a recycling pick up  

Earth Day, E-Waste, LED Art & The World's Most Expensive Chandelier

Earth Day and EPA started in 1970, and celebrates its 33rd year in 2013: "It may be hard to imagine that before 1970 a factory could spew black clouds of toxics into the air or dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream, and that was perfectly legal!" Learn, Teach, Share about Earth Day on the EPA website

Outdoor lighting applications like stadiums, street lights and parking lots can lead to light pollution. Some communities are making changes toward darker night skies, here is one story.

“’LIGHT is this thing we usually use to illuminate other things,’ said the artist James Turrell” about an art installation using LED lights at the Guggenheim Museum. Described as “five nesting lampshades that mimic the rings of the museum’s ramps, each embedded with hundreds of hidden light-emitting diodes beaming full-spectrum light that will mix with the natural illumination from the building’s skylight.” Sounds beautiful, right? Take a look…

Ever wondered about the “Most expensive chandelier in the world?” Wonder no more!

Improper e-waste recycling can have serious consequences beyond the environmental threats. In this article Illegal Electronics Recycling Results in Criminal Convictions for one irresponsible recycling firm. 

Lights suck up more than 15 percent of all energy produced globally, and fluorescent lights currently make up more than half of the total lighting market. Will we be saying goodbye to fluorescent lamps any time soon?

Clean-up Recycling Events across Minnesota and in Nebraska this season are shaping up and happening soon. Find out which ones are near you, and finally find a safe and responsible way to dispose of those fluorescent lamps, used batteries and dusty old computer equipment!

Kicking off the Season: Community Clean Up Days

Although the Minnesota weather would portray another story today with fresh snow on the ground, it is Officially Spring and the season for Community Clean Up Days and Recycling Events has begun at TRC. The "events" we're talking about are community recycling events for special waste items like old fluorescent light bulbs, dead batteries, those crusty buckets of odd pieces and parts like that mercury thermostat or the burned out ballast from your garage light... and the computer from 1999 that's still sitting in your hall closet gathering dust. All those bulbs, batteries, mercury items and e-waste can't simply be slipped into the trash here in Minnesota and many communities, towns and cities hold annual events for residents to safely and responsibly dispose of these items.

Today, TRC's first events are happening in Lewiston, St. Charles and Winona, Minnesota, and the next will be this Saturday, April 10th in Maplewood, MN.

You can see a full list of events here.

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