Ideal Township

Crow Wing County - Minnesota

Transfer Station

Located off of County Road 16 at the end of West Island Lake Drive. West Island Lake Drive is about 2.5 miles east of Hwy. 371 or 5.5 miles west of Ideal Town Hall.

A yearly permit is required to use the facility - $10 for residents and $12 for non-residents. Users pay the permit fee and an additional charge for each item or load brought to the dump.

The permit entitles users to access the facility and includes:

  • unlimited recycling
  • unlimited yard waste for composting (leaves, needles, grass clipping, lake weeds)
  • one load of brush

Download and print the Ideal Township Disposal Guide (see link below) so you have a convenient guide to using the transfer station. Print on both sides of a sheet and fold in half to create a booklet. The disposal guides are also available at the transfer station office and the town hall clerk's office.

Days & Times

Transfer station hours are always from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Depending on the time of year, the station is open on the following days:

  • Spring: April 1 - June 1, Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Summer: June 1 - August 31, Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Fall: August 31 - November 1, Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Winter: November 1 - April 1, Saturdays only

The Transfer Station is not open on legal holidays. Access is allowed only on posted days during the hours the attendant is on site. Be sure to check-in with the attendant before unloading your items. A fine can be assessed for illegal dumping.


Recycling of clean plastic, newspaper, glass, tin and aluminum is free. Recyclable items must be clean, loose (not in bags), and deposited in proper container as directed by attendant. Putting household garbage in the recycling bins is grounds to revoke user permit.

Recyclables Sorting Guide

Paper Comingled Aluminum Cardboard
  • magazines
  • envelopes
  • newspaper
  • file folders
  • brochures
  • writing, typing and computer paper
  • poster board
  • phone books
  • food, pop, cereal boxes
  • paper egg cartons
  • glass; juice, pop, soda, water, beer & wine bottles, food jars
  • tin food cans
  • plastic; milk, juice, soap, & soda bottles, food containers

Loose Items - No plastic bags

  • foil
  • beverage cans

No plastic bags

  • corrugated

Must be flattened


Standard household hazardous waste (May 15 - September 15 only)

paint, solvents, stains, aerosol cans, herbicides, pesticides, etc. - can be disposed for free during warm-weather months. Crow Wing County requires completed survey form for each user of this program.

Items are not buried on site. All hazardous items are transferred to the Crow Wing County Landfill for processing and proper disposal.

Yard Waste

The transfer station maintains piles for organic yard waste. No plastic bags in these piles please.

There is no charge to deposit compostible yard waste - leaves, grass clippings, garden cleanup - for residential permit holders. Commercial users $5 per yard. Free compost soil is available for pickup during normal transfer station hours.

Residential permit holders receive one free small load per year. Small load $6; large load $10; large commercial $25.

No charge for clean, 2' blocked firewood. Used for campfire wood at Rollie Johnson Recreation Area.

Items NOT accepted at the transfer station:

  • hypodermic needles
  • flourescent bulbs
  • rechargeable batteries
  • fuels - gas, propane, etc.
  • used oil, oil filters
  • anti-freeze
  • heavy equipment tires
  • concrete
  • asphalt
  • fill dirt
  • ashes

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

If you have comments or questions about the transfer station, please contact John Bilek, the town clerk, or any supervisor.

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