Solid Waste And Recycling

What We Do

We oversee the county landfill, keep the public informed of landfill information, and manage the single sort recycling program for the county. 

Cottonwood County is part of a 12 county group called the Southwest Regional Solid Waste Commission. For more information, please visit their website.

Solid Waste Ordinance

To view the Cottonwood County Solid Waste Ordinance, please click here.
Vehicles for Vets MN

Vehicles for Vets MN is a nonprofit car donation program that benefits disabled veterans with the proceeds from donated vehicles. For more information regarding this program, please click here.

Winter Service Reminder

Hello from your Local Waste Management Team.

We understand weather events are inconvenient and thank you in advance for your understanding. To help our customers better understand our commitment to safety, we have included a brief list of Winter Weather Facts and Tips on how you can help us service you better during winter months.

It is important to understand our vehicles are different from yours, weighing more than 38,000 pounds empty, and don't handle the same in snow and icy conditions. Our drivers make everyone's safety their number one priority; sometimes they can't service a particular road or alley to protect everyone from potential injury or property damage.

Inclement weather affects all of us. Please take the time to ensure the area around your trash and recycling containers is clear of all snow and ice so we can continue to service you without interruption.

A few keys tips to ensure prompt service:

  • Shovel the ground clear of all snow and ice in front and on the sides of your container to allow driver suitable access to service your container.
  • Salt around your containers to aid our drivers in maneuvering around your container safely.
  • If your container resides in an alley, ensure the alley (including all points of entry) is cleared of snow - this is imperative for our drivers to have direct access to your container on your scheduled pick up day.
  • If your container resides in a corral, ensure both the corral doors can swing open to their fullest capacity.

Our goal is to service your containers on time, every time. However, weather conditions may cause unexpected delays. You can help minimize delays by ensuring the area around your trash and recycling containers are cleared of all snow and ice throughout the winter season.

We are always available to assist you with any questions or inquiries you may have regarding your service. Please feel free to contact our Customer Service through

We appreciate your business!

Waste Management

Mattress Recycling Program

Cottonwood County participates in a mattress and box spring recycling program in conjunction with Lyon County. This is a great way to reduce unnecessary Landfill use, and provide jobs to adults with disabilities. Click here to view a neat video illustrating this process. 

Department Contacts

Solid Waste Department
Phone: 507-831-1389

Phone: 507-831-3781
Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(Last loads in by 3:30 pm)
Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 12 noon
1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month

Cottonwood County Landfill
43979 County Road 22
Windom, MN 56101


Open 24/7:

  • Westbrook - Located by the County highway shop on Davis Ave.
  • Windom - Located on 8th Ave. at the Cottonwood County Fairgrounds
  • Bingham Lake - On County Road 2 on the East side of town.
  • Schopper Bush - On County Road 4 (3.5 miles north of Jeffers)
  • Comfrey - On County Road 3 in town
  • Storden - By the County Highway Shop on Hwy 30
  • Delft - On White Avenue on the west side of town.
  • Talcot Lake - On County Road 62, next to contact station
  • Jeffers - By the County Highway Shop on the corner of Hwy 30/4
  • Mountain Lake - Next to the City of Mt. Lake street shop.


We now accept credit cards for landfill fees. In order to pay via credit card, there are small, additional fees. The fee schedule is listed below. To utilize Point & Pay, click here.

Credit Cards:

Tiered Fee Schedule:

  • 0-$50 - $1.50
  • 50.01-$100 - $3.00
  • Each Additional $100 - $3.00


  • Flat fee of $1.50 up to $10,000
  • Flat fee of $10 for anything over $10,000