Dakota Valley Recycling

DVR is the partnership recycling department for the Cities of Apple Valley, Eagan and Burnsville
that connects residents and businesses to recycling, composting and waste disposal information.

Green Business

It's in the Bag: Plastic Bags & Film


Plastic bags, shrink wrap, packaging, and other sorts of plastic film can be difficult and confusing to recycle. Because of their low economic return, very few haulers of commercial and residential recycling programs accept them. Instead, specialized recycling operations focusing on film have shown to be the best way to collect enough film for an economic incentive. Finding and connecting with one of these programs is the first obstacle. Thankfully, "It's in the Bag" is a local Twin Cities program that makes this obstacle into a breeze. Dakota Valley Recycling is able to assist businesses and organizations of Burnsville, Eagan, and Apple Valley in becoming collection sites for this great opportunity. 

Waste & Recycling Lingo

 The jargon of the waste and recycling world can be a bit confusing at times. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! ARROW would like to assist with any confusions you might come across in the areas of waste/recycling. Here are some common phrases currently in the mix, while Dakota Valley Recycling staff are always available to help!

Message in a Bottle

Gas Station Recycling

It can be hard to recycle when you are out and about in Dakota County. Well, now there is program that makes it easy for businesses and customers alike. The program is called Message in a Bottle and is facilitated by the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) in partnership with the Minnesota Beverage Association and ProAct, Inc. Message in a Bottle is a voluntary community-based recycling program for bottles and cans and is available to businesses and organizations at no cost. The actual collection and sorting of the recyclables will be taken care of by ProAct, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities. So not only does the program keep valuable recyclables out of the landfill, but it provides green jobs for local communities.

Winter Maintenance

Woman with Snow ShovelDo you use salt on your parking lots and driveways during the winter? You may be washing money and pollution down the storm drain. Salt is a useful tool to improve safety but it also ends up washing into our ponds, lakes and rivers where it can harm the plants and animals that live there. In fact, just one teaspoon of salt can pollute 5 gallons of water forever and contrary to popular belief, there is no treatment plant between your parking lot runoff and the nearest water body. The good news is that there is a way to reduce this source of pollution. Most people apply more salt than needed or apply salt when it won't be effective, so educating yourself on the proper amount and timing for salt application can save you money and help keep our waters clean. By applying these practices, the average business can reduce costs by 65%.

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