FAQs/Links

Can batteries be thrown in the trash?
Most common, household batteries can be thrown in the trash if they are alkaline and non-rechargeable. Rechargeable, button, and lead batteries cannot be thrown in the trash. They are accepted at LJP for a fee. Please call our customer service at 507-625-1968 for current pricing.

Where can I bring my old light bulbs?
Depending on the type of bulb you have, some can be thrown in the trash while others may require special disposal. Incandescent and halogen bulbs can be thrown in the trash. Most LED bulbs can be thrown in with your regular recycling, but you will want to check the bulb’s packaging. Otherwise they can be thrown in the trash. Fluorescent bulbs cannot be thrown in the trash. This includes the compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s). Fluorescent bulbs are accepted at LJP for a fee. Please call our customer service at 507-625-1968 for current pricing.

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Can I throw my old Christmas lights in the trash?
Christmas lights can be thrown in the trash. If you would like to recycle them, there are several drop off sites in the Mankato Area; such as Ace Hardware, Drummers Garden Center, MRCI Thrift Store, and hilltop Hy-Vee in Mankato.

What should I do with unused ammunitions, fireworks, or other explosives?
These are not accepted at LJP and cannot be thrown in the trash. Most counties have a program for their disposal. Contact your local sheriff’s department to learn more.

Is styrofoam recyclable? What about milk and juice cartons?
Styrofoam in cannot be recycled and needs to be thrown in the trash. Milk and juice cartons are recyclable through LJP.

Can needles or other sharps be thrown in the trash?
Needles and other sharps present a danger to anyone that may be coming into contact with your trash. We therefore ask that they are not put into your trash kirbies. There are online services that will pick up sharps containers and properly dispose of them. Both HyVee locations in Mankato will accept sharps containers for $5.

Can old smoke detectors be thrown in the trash?
Photoelectric Smoke Detectors can be thrown in the trash. Ionization Chamber Smoke Detectors (ICSD’s) contain radioactive materials and cannot be thrown in the trash. Dual or combination smoke detectors also cannot be thrown in the trash. Check with the manufacturer to determine which type of smoke detector you have.

Can thermometers be thrown in the trash?
Digital thermometers can be thrown in the trash once the batteries have been removed. Alcohol-based glass thermometers can go in with your recycling. If your thermometer contains mercury, it cannot be thrown in the trash. Most local Household Hazardous Waste facilities will take mercury thermometers.

Where can I bring paint, cleaners, or other potentially hazardous substances?
Potentially hazardous substances; such as paint, cleaners, fertilizers, or pesticides, are not accepted at LJP. Most counties have a Household Hazardous Waste facility that will accept these materials. Below are the websites for local Household Hazardous Waste Facilities:

Blue Earth, Nicollet, Le Sueur & Sibley Counties: Blue Earth County HHW Facility

Waseca County:  Waseca County Hazardous Waste Disposal