Metal

Acceptable Materials


These materials are accepted at both the drive-through and drop-off locations
  • All metal cans
  • Aluminum
  • Bi-Metal
  • Steel
  • Tin
Reminder: Do not place your recyclable items in plastic bags. Please use paper bags instead.

Additionally, small scrap metal items are accepted during drive-through hours.

Note: Blue Earth County does not pay for metal.

Non-Recyclable Materials


  • Large Scrap Metal Items
  • Pots & Pans (can drop-off in scrap metal bin in drive-through)
  • Food Soiled Aluminum Foil / Aluminum Trays

​Metal Recycling

Metals are separated by type- ferrous or non-ferrous. Metal can be used for a wide variety of purposes, both in the home and in the manufacturing industry. Much of the scrap metal recycled in the U.S. goes into the manufacturing of completely new items, such as appliances or building materials. Metals are valuable materials that can be recycled again and again without degrading their properties.
  • Tin- turned into cars, bikes, cans, and boats
  • Aluminum- turned into new cans or car castings
  • Copper- turned into casting products or wire 
metal recycling process


Additional Information


For more information, call (507) 304-4251.