Waste Management in Itasca County, Minnesota

Everyone needs to understand the importance of environmentally responsible purchasing, disposal, and recycling decisions in our daily lives. Responsible disposal of unwanted items is necessary for a healthy environment and helps protect public health.

Green Disposal How-To Guide


Although burning household garbage is only one of a number of ways that we pollute our environment, it is the one issue over which we have direct control and can personally do something about. Burning garbage in a stove, barrel or open camp fire, creates a variety of toxic chemicals that contaminate the air and then fall into water and soil, eventually accumulating in the fat of animals.

Download brochure: Burning Garbage: Unhealthy, Unsafe, Illegal (pdf).


To Restore:
  • Appliances
  • Bathroom fixtures
  • Doors
  • Electrical and building materials
  • Flooring
  • Furniture
  • Kitchen Cabinets
  • Windows

To Goodwill and Salvation Army:

Accepts all household items except:

  • Refrigerators, freezers, washers/dryers, stoves, dishwashers, water heaters/softeners, waterbeds, and microwaves.
  • Damaged furniture
  • box springs and mattresses
  • Plumbing fixtures, storm dorrs, windows and screens
  • Swing sets, metal bed springs
  • carpeting
  • Hazardous waste
  • Tires
  • Computer equipment,TVs, VCRs, telephones, CD players, stereos, camcorders, fax machines and cordless rechargeable appliances.
  • Any other item that is too heavy or too bulky for two people to handle.

Hours: M-F 9 am - 7 pm; Sat 9 am - 6 pm.
1202 NW 4th St
Grand Rapids, MN (218) 326-6843

ReStore Habitat for Humanity
Hours: W-F 9 am - 5 pm; Sat 9 am - 2 pm
510 SE 11th Street
Grand Rapids, MN (218) 999-9099

Salvation Army Hours: M-Sat 10 am - 5 pm 
20734 US Hwy. 169, 
Grand Rapids, MN (218) 326-4847

Drop off left-over medications at the Itasca County Sheriff's window for proper disposal.

Dispose of Light Bulbs Correctly
Click on "Right Light" logo for an off-site map of local sites for proper disposal of specific types of lighting, i.e. CFLs, florescent tubes.

RECYCLE basics
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RECYCLE RIGHT Another good source to learn how to recycle correctly:

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Disposal Services in Itasca County

County Government 

Itasca County has a waste transfer station in Cohasset and twelve outlying canister sites.  All sites take items for recycling. The government also has an electronic recycling program and a household hazardous waste program. 

For more specifics  on county waste management services go to our user-friendly page HERE. and watch this video:


Bass Brook Recycling

Sorry no website

Bass Brook Recycling is a scrap metal business that takes everything metal plus TV satellite dishes, microwaves, and electronics (they recycle computers).  They will not take televisions, computer monitors, or tires.

Open Monday through Friday (closed Saturday)
7 am - 4:30 pm

Phone: (218) 328-5451

Location: 611 W Highway 2 Cohasset

MN Diversified Industries

MDI Hired Hands

Recycling is one of the services offered by this company (MDI) that employs individuals with disabilities. A broad list of  recyclables are accepted.  See the list HERE.

Pick Up Residential Monthly Rates:

Once per month or on-call: $20

Twice per month: $30

Once per week: $50

Twice per week: $80 

Drop Off Locations & Times:

Cub Foods in Grand Rapids; Saturday: 8 am - 12 pm

Deer River Hired Hands;  24 hours, 7 days of the week. Phone: 218.246.8182



Target has a recycling station located at the front of each store.  It is an easy and convenient way to recycle aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers, plastic bags, plastic film,  MP3 players, cell phones and ink cartridges.

Target also encourages Bring Your Own Bag and offers a 5-cent discount for each reusable bag used.

Opens everyday at 8:00 am and closes at 10:00 pm except on Sunday it closes at 9:00 pm.

Drop Off Location: 2140 S Pokegama Grand Rapids

Home Depot


Home Depot offers recycling programs for rechargeable batteries, CFLs and old incandescent holiday light strings. Home Depot's Eco-Options webpages are quite interesting [click on Eco options logo].