City of Centerville 

Festival of Lakes * Est. 1857
Earth Day at Wargo Nature Center
Earth Day at Wargo Nature Center

The City of Centerville is situated between two (2) lakes, near Wargo Nature Center and near the Anoka County Compost Site. There are fees associated with the use of the site. We are a community that is innovative and respectful to the environment, whether we live near the lakes or in the heart of the downtown area.

Please click here to watch a short video on how your garbage is turned into a reusable energy. 

Anoka County, Recycling & Resource Solutions

The City of Centerville and Anoka County, Recycling & Resource Solutions work in conjunction to provide residents with information regarding recycling, reuse and buying of used goods.  Click here for Anoka County Recycling & Resource Solutions' web site.  This web site is full of great earth-friendly ways of taking care of your old mercury fever thermometers to yard waste compost sites and hours.  

CRT BAN:As of July 1, 2006, a person may not place in mixed municipal solid waste an electronic product containing a cathode-ray tube.  A Cathode-Ray Tube (CRT) is the display device used in most computer monitors and televisions.  Click here for more information and disposal resources.



What you need to know about CRTs (Cathode Ray Tubes) – but didn’t know to ask. With few exceptions, the computer monitors or televisions in your home or business use a CRT to display information.   When it is time to upgrade your monitor or your TV set breaks down, disposing of these electronics properly no longer means tossing them in the trash.  Click here for more information.

Disposing of Electronics 


Please contact Waste Management.


Electronic products have a circuit board or a cathode ray tube (CRT).  Household electronics include televisions, computers, DVD players, VCRs, fax machines, and computer peripherals such as keyboards, speakers, and printers.  Electronic products contain heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and mercury that can become hazardous to human health and the environment if they are not properly managed.  It is illegal to put any electronic product containing a CRT in the garbage.  Recycling electronics keeps them out of the garbage, conserves natural resources, and prevents harm to public health and the environment.


Recycling Cell Phones, Ink Cartridges & Rechargeable Batteries

Don't throw your old cell phones, ink cartridges or rechargeable batteries in the trash.  Recycle them.  Many charities accept them, but Best Buy collects them every day in every store. 

Energy saving investments that will greatly reduce your heating bill.  

  • Seal hidden attic air bypasses.
  • Upgrade insulation in attics, walls and crawl spaces.
  • When replacing your furnace purchase a 90% or higher efficiency unit.

Start saving today by following these low-cost, no-cost ways to reduce your energy use..... 

  • Turn down your thermostat or install a programmable setback thermostat.
  • Close door and heat register to unused rooms.
  • Lock windows.
  • Weatherstrip windows and doors.
  • Keep your fireplace damper closed.
  • Turn your water heater setting down to 120 degree F.
  • Install low-flow shower heads.
  • Limit your showers to 7 minutes.
  • Install compact fluorescent bulbs in often-used lamps.
  • Change/clean your air exchanger(s)' filter and make sure your outside air intake is clear of debris.

 Reproduced from the Center for Energy & Environment

212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 560

Minneapolis, MN  55401




Did You Know?

Water is the most common substance found on earth.


The only water we will ever have is what we have right now. 


Each day the sun evaporates 1,000,000,000,000 (a trillion) tons of water.


Click here for more Water Facts and Minnesota Water Facts.



Simply place all your recyclable materials together loosely in your designated recycling cart.  Service is provided every other week on your scheduled service day.  

Place all items together in your single sort recycle cart:

* Boxboard (4 Cs: cereal, cake, cookie & cracker boxes), * Clean Cardboard (no pizza boxes or beverage cartons) flattened and bundled 3’ x 3’ x 1’ tall

* Glass Bottles & Jars, * Junk Mail, * Magazines & Catalogs, * Newspapers & Newspaper Inserts, * Office & School Papers, * Plastic Bottles (with a neck), * Rinsed Food & Beverage Cans

Items that are commonly thrown away:

* Detergent bottles, * Shampoo/lotion bottles, *Toilet paper cores, *Tissue boxes, *Cardboard boxes, * Scrap metal and *Cereal and cake boxes 

Disposal of Christmas Lights - Connexus encourages its customers to replace conventional (incandescent) holiday lights with LED (light-emitting diode) lights.  Compared to incandescent light strings, LED light strings use up to 95 percent less energy, last up to 7 times longer, are more durable, and produce very little heat, reducing the risk of fire.  The purchase price may be higher than the price for a comparable string of incandescent lights, but the amount saved in energy costs to operate the lights can outweigh the purchase price within a season or two.

Green Lights Recycling in Blaine accepts holiday light strings for recycling for a fee.  Green Lights can recycle the lamps, sockets, and copper wire; the only potential challenge is icicle light strings.  It's encouraging to have an outlet for an item that would otherwise go in the garbage. Click here for Green Light Recycling's web site.


Green Lights Recycling also accepts Florescent Lamps, Batteries, Appliances, Electronics, Ballasts and More! Click here  for the Green Lights Recyling, Inc. Brochure.

RECYCLING NEEDS YOU!  Help Support our Economy and our Environment. 

HELP THE ECONOMY!  8,700 jobs in Minnesota are in recycling.  For every job collecting recyclables, there are 26 jobs in processing the materials and manufacturing them into new products.  Recycling creates four jobs for every one job created in the waste management and disposal industries.  Thousands of U.S. companies have saved millions of dollars through their voluntary recycling programs.  They wouldn't recycle if it didn't make sense. 

FIGHT FOR JOBS!  Five times as many people are employed in recycling than in waste disposal. 

STOP CLIMATE CHANGE!  Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions.  

SAVE OUR LAKES!  Recycling reduces air and water polution. 

SAVE ELECTRICITY!  In 2003, recycling in Minnesota saved enough electricity to power 30% of the state's households.  It takes 20 times the energy to make an aluminum can from mined materials as it does to make one from a recycled can.

SAVE THE LAND!  Each person in Minnesota creates about 2,000 pounds of garbage every year.  A lot of this still goes into landfills.  The more materials you recycle, the less land we will need to bury our trash.  

SAVE OUR TREES!  The average American saves about 3 trees and over 1,000 gallons of water each year by recycling paper.  You can save even more trees by recycling your junk mail and office paper.  Every ton of newsprint or mixed paper recycled saves the equivalent of cutting down 24 trees to make paper.  Recycling prevents habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and soil erosion associated with logging and mining.  Americans consume more natural resources per person than any other country in the world. 

AWAY FROM HOME? Look for recycling.  Before you throw away that bottle, can, or junk mail, check for a recyling bin.  Ask for recycling.  If you don't see recycling, talk with managers of local stores and events.

Did you know? 

  • Did you know that you can recycle glass and aluminum at the Mall of America? The Mall also collects food scraps from restaurants and sends it to a farm as pig feed!
  • WE Fest, the country music festival in Detroit Lakes, recycles aluminum cans from festival goers.  Vendors also recycle glass and cardboard.
  • The Moon Dance Jam Festival in Walker recycles cans and bottles in its events and camping areas.  Steel and cardboard are also recycled.
  • The Anoka County Fair recycles beverage containers, paper and cardboard.

For more information, contact the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at:

How To Reduce Junk Mail

Do you want to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive, and conserve natural resources in the process?  Here are some ways for you to do it now!

Register your name and address with the Mail Preference Service of the Direct Marketing Association at www.dmaconsumers.orgor PO Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512-0643.  This is a free service and lasts 5 years.

Call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT to stop mailings of credit card offers.  This also reduces identity theft possibilities.

Recycle mail, catalogs and magazines you receive through your curbside recycling pickup programs.  

While you're at it, zap the telemarketers by registering with the state at 1-800-921-4110.  Your name will be removed from their calling lists.

Tips for conserving water...

We all know how important water is, not only for us, but the whole planet counts on water.  The first thing to do to save money and water, is to check all of your sinks, bath faucets and toilets for leaks.

If they leak, then its time to replace them.  Either the washers on the inside or the internal components inside the facet unit.  It is a very simple fix that could save you hundreds of dollars in a years time.  If your faucet drips once in every 2 minutes you waste approximately 100 gallons in a months time and 1,200 gallons in a years time, and it will cost you an extra $150 to $200 dollars in your water bill.  Just think of the water you would save for our earth and your kids future.

Replace old toilets which require approximately 5 gallons of water to flush rather than a new low gallon toilet that flushes approximately 1 gallon per flush.  This could save you approximately $70 to $80 per year.  If you cannot afford to or choose not to replace your existing toilet, you can put a few bricks gently in the toilets tank.  This will keep the float inside the tank from going all the way to the top, which will take less water to fill the tank.



1880 Main Street, Centerville, MN 55038 Phone: (651) 429-3232 Fax: (651) 429-8629