Cooperative Marketing
Market Development
Materials Exchange
Southeastern Minnesota Recyclers Exchange
Working together to maximize recycling in southeast Minnesota

Joint Powers Board Members:

Blue Earth County
Dodge County   
Freeborn County
Mower County
Olmsted County
City of Red Wing
Rice County
Steele County
Waseca County

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently asked questions and Fun Facts


Question: Does most of the material put in the recycling bin just get thrown in the trash anyway?

Answer: No, Minnesota State law requires all materials collected as recycling to be recycled. It is against the law for anyone to throw a bag of recycling in the trash.


Question: Are products made with recycled materials of lesser quality?

Answer: No, from paper to plastic to glass to metal, there is no difference in the quality of materials made with recycled content. Buying items with recycled-content is important to making the cycle complete. Along with saving energy and natural resources, buying recycled content products creates long-term markets for recyclable materials.