Material Recovery Facility (MRF)

Ever wonder where your recycling actually goes?

Harter’s Quick Clean-Up, our contracted recycling hauler, owns and operates an MRF: Green Circle Recycling. Here, they recover and re-use the valuable materials we put in our recycling carts by selling to various markets.

See it for yourself! Watch this video to see materials being sorted apart to be sold: Winona County's Recycling goes to Material Recovery FacilityThumbnail Opens in new window

The benefits of single-stream recycling is that you no longer have to sort the material within your recycling bin. Just mix them all together! With the ease of recycling being the biggest benefit is it also important to recycling right. Putting non-recyclable materials in your cart may contaminate recyclable materials and reducing the amount of material that can be recovered.

What is recyclable? 


Carboard / Paper 



  • #1, 2, & 5 Containers
  • Cups, lids, bottles, & take-out clamshells
  • Yogurt cups
  • Corrugated plastics (political or yard signs) 
  • Office Paper
  • Cardboard, broken down
  • Newspaper, magazines, & shiny inserts
  • Cereal, cracker, & snack boxes 
  • Hardcover and paperback books
  • Cards & gift wrap (cannot be embossed or glitter) 
  • Envelopes
  • Milk or alternative milk 
  • Juice boxes
  • Soup or broth 
  • Egg (except Styrofoam) 
  • Aluminum, tin, or steel cans
  • Wire clothes hangers
  • Christmas lights, extension cords, electrical wiring (no coaxial cable)
  • Metal pots & pans

What is not recyclable?

  • No food waste
  • No plastic bags or films
  • Plastics without a number
  • No used paper plates & paper towels
  • No plastic wrap or overwrap packaging
  • No bubble wrap or bubble wrapped mailers
  • No polystyrene or Styrofoam
  • No plastic toys or sporting goods 
  • No tissue paper
  • No foam egg cartons
  • No wood
  • No medical waste
  • No light bulbs
  • No yard waste