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Phone: 320-763-9340
Toll Free: 800-972-6318
Fax: 320-763-9342

2115 Jefferson Street,
Alexandria, MN 56308

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Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4:30
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Recycling Center Hours
Monday-Friday 8-5
Saturday 9-2
Closed Sundays

Hazardous Waste Hours
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4
Closed Saturday and Sunday
No appointment necessary




Hazardous Waste

All HHW brought to Pope/Douglas must be in a labeled, non-leaking container that can be left at the site.



Brake Fluid
Chemistry Sets
Dioxin (pesticide)
Drain Cleaners
Dry Gas
Fiberglass Resins
Flea Products
Furniture Polish
Hair Removers
Hobby Chemicals
Insect Repellents
Mercury Thermostats
Mercury Thermometers
Moth Balls/flakes
Nail Polish/Remover
Oven Cleaners
Paint - Latex/Water Based/Acrylic
Paint - Oil Based
Paint Removers
Paint Thinners
Photo Chemicals
Pool Chemicals
Rat Poisons
Rubber Cements
Rug/Upholstery Cleaners
Rust Solvents
Silvex (pesticide)
Spot Removers
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Tub/Tile Cleaners
Waste Fuels
Weed Killers
Wood Preservatives
Wood Stains



Ballasts (PCBs)
Cellular Phones
InkJet Cartridges
Mercury Thermostats
Mercury Thermometers

Fire Extinguishers

(Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors can go in your regular trash)


Pharmaceutical Waste

FREE household pharmaceutical drop boxes. Keep it out of the trash and sewer!

Alexandria Police Department Location - located in the front lobby. For more information on the Prescription Drop Off Program visit the Alexandria Police Dept or check out the program brochure.

Pope County Location - located at the Pope County Courthouse - Glenwood (hallway). For more information on the Prescription Drop Off Program visit the Pope County Courthouse or check out the program brochure or Sheriff's Department.

Pope/Douglas also works with law enforcement agencies and businesses to safely dispose of their collected/unused/outdated pharmaceuticals through a Drug Destruction Program.

Safe Prescription Storage and Recycle When No Longer Needed

Medicine Cabinet Cleanout and Recycle When No Longer Needed

Making Sure Your Drugs are Stored Safely and Recycle When No Longer Needed


Used Motor Oil and Oil Filters

Used motor oil and oil filters generated through household use are accepted for disposal at the South end of the Recycling Center. The used motor oil must be in dumpable containers no larger than five gallons in size. Crankcase oil, motor oil, gasoline and transmission fluid are also accepted in the oil tank. Contaminated oil or brake fluid must be taken to the HHW Collection Facility.




Fluorescent Bulbs

Residents and businesses who have Agralite Electric Cooperative, Lake Region Cooperative Electric Association (LREC), Alexandria Light and Power (ALP), Runestone Electric Association (REA), and Xcel Energy may recycle their fluorescent bulbs at Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management free of charge. Customers of other power companies are not eligible as recycling is paid for by Agralite, LREC, ALP, REA, and Xcel. Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management manages the program but does not pay any of the fees involved.

Xcel Energy's Responsible By Nature site has a look-up of hardware stores in the state who also recycle bulbs for free or for a fee.

Have Ottertail Power?
Ottertail Power Customers need to contact Ottertail Power for bulb recycling options
as they are the only utility in Pope or Douglas County that does not participate in the
Cooperative Bulb Recycling Program at this time. Ottertail Power website.

Businesses with more than 50 bulbs must fill in the recycling form below or call in advance and request that a registration form be sent or faxed to them. They will be notified when a date has been set for them to bring in their bulbs. The bulbs must be counted and if possible, boxed. The bulbs are not to be taped together or shrink wrapped as the recycler will not accept them if they are. A good tool to keep them together is a rubber band at both ends.

Residents with 20 bulbs or less may drop them of Monday - Friday from 8 AM to 12 noon and 1PM - 4 PM.  For further information please call 320-763-9340 or 1-800-972-6318.

Thank you for Recycling Fluorescent Bulbs to Keep Mercury Out of Our Foods


Unacceptable Materials