A-Z Recycling & Solid Waste Guide

This guide is intented to aid Winona County residents to properly dispose of their unwanted items. The Winona County Household Hazardous Waste Facility is free for all Winona County Residents. Businesses that are very small quantity generators (VSQG) should complete an application to bring their waste to the Household Hazardous Waste building. For more information about the Household Hazardous Waste Program call 507-457-6462. 

Material  Disposal Stream Places to Take Special Disposal Materials
Acids Winona County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility  
Aerosol Cans If contains material, bring it to the Winona County HHW Facility. If it is empty it can go in the garbage.   
Air Compressors Special Disposal Consider donating to a reuse store! Otherwise, dispose at Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap.
Air Conditioner Special Disposal  Watch for the county's annual appliance collection! Miller Scrap or Matejka Recycling; fees may apply.
Aluminum Foil  Curbside recycling if minimal soiling  
Ammonia  Winona County HHW Facility   
Ammunition and Explosives   Call the HHW Facility at (507) 457-6462 for disposal requirements. 
Antifreeze  Winona County HHW Facility  Must be brought in 5 gallon containers or smaller. 
Appliances, Large Special Disposal  Watch for the county's annual collection! Disposal at Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap is accepted year round. Fee's may apply. 
Appliances, Small Special Disposal If in good condition, consider donating to a reuse store! Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap may accept small appliances for a fee. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item. 
Asbestos  Special Disposal  La Crosse County Landfill. Call for instructions at 608-785-9572. 
Asbestos Tar & Cement  Winona County HHW Facility   
Automotive Fluids Winona County HHW Facility   
Automotive Parts Special Disposal  Places to try are Whetstone Auto & Truck Salvage, Borkowski Towing & Salvage, Timm's Auto Salvage & Recycling. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item. 
Batteries, Button Batteries  Winona County HHW Facility  For more information view our household battery disposal guide.  
Batteries, Lead Acid  Special Disposal  Accepted at Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap.
Batteries, Non-rechargeable Alkaline or Lithium (3 volts) Garbage For more information view our household battery disposal guide.  
Batteries, Rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride, Nickel Cadmium, or Lithium Ion  Winona County HHW Facility  For more information view our household battery disposal guide.  
Bleach Winona County HHW Facility   
Bricks Special Disposal  Consider donating to a reuse store if they are in good condition! If you are looking to dispose of the item(s), try Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item.
Building Materials Special Disposal Consider donating to a reuse store if they are in good condition! If you are looking to dispose of the item(s), try Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item.
Bulbs, Fluorescent Winona County HHW Facility  Residents are allowed to drop off 10 bulbs each year for free. 
Bulbs, Halogen Garbage  
Bulbs, Incandescent Garbage   
Bulbs, LED Garbage   
Campaign Signs Curbside Recycling   
Cardboard & Cardboard Boxes Curbside Recycling - Make sure to flatten! Have too much? Haul to Redbox; Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap will accept these items for free!
Cell Phones/Tablets Special Disposal  Any cell phone or tablets that have a screen less than 10 inches may be disposed of at the Winona County HHW Facility. 
Chemicals  Winona County HHW Facility   
Cleaning Supplies Winona County HHW Facility   
Clothing While they can go in the garbage, there are many other great alternatives to get rid of unwanted clothing items.  Consider donating to a reuse store! Winona has several! 
Construction & Demolition Waste Special Disposal  Materials may be accepted at Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap for a fee. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item.
Cooking Oil Winona County HHW Facility  Must be brought in 5 gallon containers or smaller. 
Copper Special Disposal  These may be accepted at Redbox Matejka Recycling, Miller Scrap, or Timm's Auto Salvage & Recycling. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item.
Dishware While they can go in the garbage, there are many other great alternatives to get rid of unwanted dishware.  Consider donating to a reuse store! Winona has several! 
Dishwasher Special Disposal Watch for the county's annual appliance collection! Disposal at Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap is accepted year round; fee's may apply. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item.
Egg Carton, Cardboard Curbside Recycling  
Egg Carton, Styrofoam Garbage   
Fertilizer  Garbage (Exceptions Apply) If the fertilizer contains weed killer, it should be disposed of at the Winona County HHW Facility. 
Fire Extinguishers  If it contains fire extinguishing media, bring it to the Winona County HHW Facility.   
Food Scraps Garbage  Visit our Backyard Composting page for an alternative disposal to reduce food waste! 
Fuel Winona County HHW Facility  Must be brought in 5 gallon containers or smaller. 
Furniture & Exercise Equipment Special Disposal These items may be accepted at Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap for a fee. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item.
Gas Cylinders and Tanks (Pressurized) Winona County HHW Facility The HHW Facility will only accept cylinders that are 30 pounds or less. 
Glass Containers Curbside Recycling  
Hand Sanitizer Winona County HHW Facility   
Hardware & Small Tools Special Disposal  Consider donating to a reuse store! If you are looking to dispose of the item(s), try Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap.  It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item.
Helium Tanks Winona County HHW Facility   
Herbicides Winona County HHW Facility   
Household Hazardous Waste  Winona County HHW Facility  Visit the Household Hazardous Waste Page for more information. 
Hot Water Heater Special Disposal  Watch for the county's annual appliance collection! These may be accepted at Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap for a fee. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item.
Hydrogen Peroxide  Winona County HHW Facility   
Lead Paint   Winona County HHW Facility  Like regular paint, if it is dried or the can is empty it can be disposed of in the garbage.
Lead Paint Chips Garbage   
Lead Fishing Tackle  Winona County HHW Facility   
Mattresses & Box Springs Special Disposal  Can be recycled at La Crosse, WI County Landfill or disposed of at Miller Scrap or Redbox; Matejka Recycling. Fees may apply. 
Medication & Over-the-Counter Medicines (Non-Controlled Substances) Winona County HHW Facility  Click here for instructions: Residential Medication Disposal Program
Medication (Controlled Substance) Winona County's Law Enforcement Center Dropbox in Lobby List of DEA Controlled Substances (PDF)
Mercury & Mercury Containing Devices  Winona County HHW Facility   
Needles/Syringes  Winona County HHW Facility  Must be in brought in a red box or hard plastic container with a lid (Hard plastic laundry soap containers work great!). Click here for specific instructions: Residential Sharps Disposal Program.
Oil, Automotive Winona County HHW Facility   
Oil Filters Winona County HHW Facility   
Paint Winona County HHW Facility  If it is dried paint or the can is empty it can be disposed of in the garbage.
Paint Thinner  Winona County HHW Facility   
Pallets Special Disposal  These may be accepted at Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap for a fee. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item.
Patio Blocks & Pavers Special Disposal  Consider donating to a reuse store if they are in good condition! If you are looking to dispose of the item(s), try Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item.
Pesticides Winona County HHW Facility   
Pill Bottles Curbside Recycling if it numbered 1, 2, or 5 If it is 3, 4, 6, 7, or has no number at all they go in the garbage. Make sure to remove or blackout any personal information.  
Pizza Boxes Garbage if soiled   
Plastic Bags & Film  Garbage  
Plastic Containers Curbside Recycling if it numbered 1, 2, or 5 If it is 3, 4, 6, 7, or has no number at all they go in the garbage. 
Pool Chemicals Winona County HHW Facility   
Propane Tanks, 16oz If empty and the valve stem is removed (requires a valve stem removal tool) they can go in the garbage. If they still have propane in them, bring them to the Winona County HHW Facility  When in doubt, feel free to bring it into the Winona County HHW Facility! 
Refrigerators & Freezers Special Disposal Watch for the county's annual appliance collection! Miller Scrap or Redbox Matejka Recycling will accept these items. Fees may apply. 
Rodenticides Winona County HHW Facility   
Roofing Tar Winona County HHW Facility   
Rubbing Alcohol Winona County HHW Facility   
Scrap Metal Special Disposal  These may be accepted at Redbox Matejka Recycling, Miller Scrap, or Timm's Auto Salvage & Recycling. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item.
Solvents Winona County HHW Facility   
Stains & Polyurethanes Winona County HHW Facility   
Tires Special Disposal  Places that may accept tires are Ace Auto, Speltz Auto, or Fleet Farm. Tire disposal information from 2022. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your type and size of tire.  
Washing & Drying Machines Special Disposal  Watch for the county's annual appliance collection! These may be accepted at Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap for a fee. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item.
Weed Killer Winona County HHW Facility   
Wood Chips & Mulch  Yard Waste Composting Site Check with your local municipality for disposal options. 
Wood, Treated Special Disposal  Consider donating to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore if they are in good condition! If you are looking to dispose of the item(s), try Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item.
Wood, Untreated Special Disposal  Consider donating to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore if they are in good condition! If you are looking to dispose of the item(s), try Redbox Matejka Recycling or Miller Scrap. It is recommended to call and verify that they can accept your item.
Yard Waste  Yard Waste Composting Site Contact your local municipality for disposal options.