Recycle Today! Please feel welcome to call the Lyon County Environmental Office at (507) 532-8210 with questions about recycling.
REMINDER: SECOND HALF 2019 PROPERTY TAXES ARE DUE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH / AGRICULTURAL PROPERTY AND MOBILE HOME ARE DUE NOVEMBER 15TH
Second half 2019 real estate property taxes are due on Tuesday, October 15th. Most agricultural property and mobile home taxes are due November 15th. Please check your tax statements for the official due date on your properties.
On Tuesday, October 1 the Lyon County Board of Commissioners passed motions that will allow Curbside Recycling to continue WITHOUT INTERRUPTION. Southwest Sanitation will continue to pick up curbside recycling on the same schedule for the month of October while the County Board works out a new agreement to start November 1, 2019. This page will be updated as details are finalized.
Starting November 1, curbside recycling will be collected Every-Other-Week. We are still working out the schedule details. A direct mailing informational flyer will be sent as soon as details are finalized.
PAY ATTENTION TO PLASTIC
Just because its plastic does not mean its recyclable in Lyon County. Food and Beverage containers with a "resin code" symbol are acceptable. Other plastic containers such as shampoo and detergent bottles are acceptable. If the plastic container did not come from your kitchen or bathroom it likely cannot be recycled.We have seen everything from dart boards to keyboards to kid toys or garden pots in the recycling containers. THOSE ITEMS ARE NOT RECYCLABLE.
ALL CONTAINERS MUST BE EMPTY AND RINSED ! (FYI; peanut butter is not recyclable... use a spatula to clean it out). It does not have to be spotless; quick rinse of a cleaned out container is acceptable.
Garage fluid containers (oil, antifreeze, seafoam, etc.) are NOT recyclable.
Plastic bags have become an enormous problem for recycling processing facilities. Plastic bags CANNOT be used to contain other recyclables.
Styrofoam CANNOT be put in recycling containers. This includes carts and community recycling drop-off containers.
Lyon County is in the process of implementing a styrofoam recycling program, however, styrofoam to be recycled MUST BE DELIVERED TO LYON COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS. Styrofoam will NOT be allowed in recycling carts, or at community drop sites. Please call our office for details.
NO SHREDDED PAPER
Shredded paper CANNOT be disposed in recycling containers. Lyon County has a partnership with Advance Opportunities to recycle shredded paper. Please call the Environmental Department, or Advance Opportunities for details.
COMMUNITY DROP SITES
Lyon County has maintained 14 Community Recycling Collection Sites for many years. (LOCATIONS INFORMATION HERE). Some locations have sheds, but most locations had large closed dumpsters with side doors. These large containers and some sheds will be replaced in the coming months. These sheds and collection sites are to be used by RESIDENTS ONLY !!! NO recycling from Businesses, Churches, Schools, or other non-residential sources.
May 24th, 2019
Spring Road Restrictions have been removed for most Lyon County highways. Signs remaining in place will dictate legal weight limits. Please contact the Lyon County Highway Department at 507-532-8205 with any questions.
Lyon County Highway Department
Lake Sarah in Murray County (MN) has what officials are describing as a 3-5 year old infestation of Zebra Mussels. Some believe they may have arrived on a dock that was purchased from an owner living on a laker infested with zebra mussels. Although this is speculation, this situation validates the need to Clean, Drain, & Dry ALL Boats, Docks, and Water Recreation Items.
Zebra Mussels were transported through ballasts of cargo ships through the great Lakes region, which then resulted in the transport from great lakes to nearby lakes and streams. As we see today they are still being transported by way of boats and other watercraft, docks, and waterfowl hunting equipment. These are all possible ways of transport and do not suggest that any one category is responsible.
Please PULL DRAIN PLUGS, and REMOVE ALL AQUATIC VEGETATION, when leaving and entering another water body.