Location and Office Hours

707 N. Maple Street
PO Box 118
Ellsworth, WI 54011

Recycling Drop Off Hours
Monday - Friday
6:00am - 4:30pm
1st & 3rd Saturdays
8:00am - Noon
(Closed Holidays)

Phone: 715.273.3092
Fax: 715.273.6867

Staff Contacts

Steve Melstrom - EXT 6849

MRF Supervisor
David Murphy - EXT 7402

Office Specialist
Darlene Dailey - EXT 7401




Recycling Guide
Cartons Accepted
#5 Plastic Accepted
Ag & Silage Plastic Program Flyer
Ag Plastic Bags Program
Ag Plastics Program Updates


Foam Insulation Cylinders Not Accepted




General Recycling Questions and Answers


What should I do with my old couch, recliner, mattress, carpeting, windows, construction /demolition materials, etc.?
Large and bulky items that won't fit in your normal trash should be taken to a transfer station or you can have a garbage hauler pick it up.  Please use as a rule of thumb, no liquids are allowed in the garbage.  Please refer to the Solid Waste Haulers/Recyclers list for the transfer station or hauler nearest to you.  If you have a pickup or trailer, do your own hauling and you may save a substantial amount of money.

What about Eyeglasses?
An "eye-opening" opportunity exists for doing something positive with your old glasses.  Lions Clubs collect eyeglasses for distribution in developing countries.  Check with your local Lions Club for collection points.

Can I recycle my aerosol cans?
Empty steel aerosol cans are OK to recycle.  In fact, they're a great source of steel!  Cans should be empty of any contents (remove any plastic caps and place with the trash).
If a new can cannot be recycled due to a nozzle malfunction, return the can to the original point of purchase or save them for a Clean Sweep Hazardous Waste Program.

What about asbestos?
Contact the Solid Waste/Recycling Dept. at (715) 273-3092 for the names and numbers of Asbestos Removal/Testing Services.

What about sharps....needles, syringes, & lancets?
Sharps are extremely dangerous to MRF employees and are not recyclable!  The Public Health Dept. (715-273-6755) operates a program that distributes Sharps containers to the public at no cost.  Filled containers should be returned to the Public Health Dept. or River Falls Area Hospital for free proper disposal.

Can I recycle styrofoam?
Clean packaging peanuts and styrofoam sheets are accepted by:
Pack & Mail
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