• Examples of Household Hazardous Waste

    The following are examples of common household hazardous waste items that require special disposal.  Everything listed here can be taken to The Recycling Zone.


    • Auto batteries
    • Antifreeze
    • Oils/Filters
    • Tires

    Lawn and Garden:

    • Fertilizers
    • Ligher Fluid
    • Pesticides
    • Pool chemicals

    Household Items:

    • Aerosol cans
    • Batteries (non-alkaline)
    • Cleaners
    • Fluorescent bulbs
    • Furniture polish
    • Needles/syringes/lancets
    • Nail polish
    • Propane/compressed gas cylinders

    Home Improvement:

    • Driveway sealer
    • Paint
    • Paint remover/stripper/thinner
    • Solvents


  • Hazardous Waste Generators

    Most businesses in Dakota County generate hazardous waste.  All generators of hazardous waste--including home-based businesses--must be licensed by Dakota County. 

    • Is your business qualified as a Very Small Quantity Generator--where you produce less than 220 lbs. or hazardous waste per month?  Find information about the program and how to handle the waste at Dakota County Programs.
    • For information about the Dakota County Ordinance No. 111--Hazardous Waste Regulation, as well as hazardous waste generator licensing and disposal resources visit Dakota County's web site.
  • Household Hazardous Waste

    There are many household items that are hazardous to human health and the environment. These items cannot go in the garbage and must be handled with care. 

    The Recycling Zone, Dakota County's recycling facility in Eagan, accepts household hazardous waste from residents at no charge. For more information including location, hours, and a full list of acceptable items, visit our Recycling Zone page. 


    Image of household hazardous waste including paint, fluorescent bulbs and aerosol cans

  • How to Reduce Household Hazardous Waste

    Many products and chemicals we use in our homes can be harmful to health and the environment if not disposed of properly. But there are also some simple ways to reduce the use of these products in our homes in the first place.

    1. Read product labels to judge the hazard level and choose products that contain less harmful ingredients.  Look for signal words like poison, danger, warning and caution. 
    2. Reduce the number of hazardous cleaning products in your home.  Use one general-purpose cleaner for multiple jobs or non-toxic "green" cleaners such as baking soda, lemon juice or vinegar.  Find more information on Green Cleaners.
    3. Reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides in your yard. A great way to do that is through backyard composting! Learn how to properly backyard compost and find other "how-to" tips on the Dakota County Environmental Resources Site..
    4. Don't toss CFL's or mercury-containing batteries in the garbage. Take them to the Recycling Zone or find a CFL recycling location near you through our Fluorescent Bulb Guide.

    Get more tips on the Dakota County website.

  • Low or No VOC Paint

    According to the EPA, indoor air is considered one of the top 5 hazards to human health. Paints and finishes are among the leading causes.

    Paints and finishes release low level toxic emissions into the air for years after application.  The source of these toxins is a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). New environmental regulations have led to the development of low-VOC and zero-VOC paints and finishes. Most paint manufacturers now produce one or more non-VOC variety of paint. These new paints are durable, cost-effective and less harmful to human and environmental health.Low VOC Paint

    Why use low or no VOC paints?

    • Reduced toxins benefit everyone, including those with allergies and chemical sensitivities. There is low odor during application and no odor once cured. There is no off-gassing and painted areas can be occupied sooner.
    • It reduces landfill, groundwater and ozone depleting contaminants. It is not deemed hazardous waste so disposal is greatly simplified.
    • Low-VOC products perform well in terms of coverage, scrubability and hideability (covering flaws on previous coats).  It is water-based so cleanup is easy.  Just use soap and warm water.

    What are VOCs?

    VOCs are unstable, carbon-containing compounds that readily vaporize into the air. When they enter the air, they react with other elements to produce ozone, which causes air pollution and a host of health issues including breathing problems, headache, burning, watery eyes and nausea.

  • Other metro drop-off sites

    Besides The Recycling Zone, Dakota County's recycling facility, the following locations are in and around Dakota County where residents can drop off household hazardous waste.

    To recycle CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs):

    If you do not live in Dakota County, please consult your county's website for household hazardous waste disposal information.

  • The Recycling Zone

    The Recycling Zone is the recycling center in Eagan, MN. This County-run facility is where all Dakota County residents and businesses can bring recyclables, electronics, scrap metal, paint, household chemicals, hazardous waste and other items that shouldn't go in the trash. The Recycling Zone is open to all residents living in Dakota County or the other metro-area counties. 

    The Recycling Zone is located at:recycling zone map
    3365 Dodd Road (South Highway 149)
    Eagan, MN 55121

    Wednesday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
    Thursday: noon - 8:00pm
    Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

    Acceptable items from residents include (free of charge unless otherwise noted):

    • Household hazardous waste like paint, automotive oil, chemicals, cleaners and fertilizers
    • Electronics like laptops, stereos, DVD players, satellite dishes, and cell phones (UPDATE: Computer monitors and TV's have a $10 drop off fee as of August 1st, 2016)
    • Small household electronics like toasters, vaccuums, radios and coffee makers
    • Scrap metal
    • Tires (for a fee)
    • Basic recyclables: aluminum cans, cardboard boxes, glass and plastic bottles and plastic bags
    • More recyclable plastics: yogurt, pudding and fruit cups; plastic disposable drinking cups (such as Solo cups) margarine, cream cheese and cottage cheese tubs; deli containers
    • Recyclable paper cartons: milk cartons, juice cartons, juice boxes, broth/soup cartons.

    Residents can also pick up free products--when items are brought in and are still usable, The Recycling Zone puts them out for reuse.  Items on the "reuse shelf" include paint, chemicals, cleaners, solvents, etc. 

    A full list of accepted items and more information about available programs can be found on the Dakota County website.  

    Educational Experiences of The Recycling Zone are open to Dakota County residents and groups (girls and boy scouts, churches, etc.) for free! The tour looks at what happens at The Recycling Zone and the importance of pollution prevention. To schedule an educational experience visit the Recycling Zone Educational Experience Page. 

  • What is Household Hazardous Waste?

    Household hazardous waste

    Household Hazardous Waste, or HHW, is any chemical or product that can cause serious illness or pose an environmental or health threat if improperly stored, transported, or disposed of.  When hazardous waste is disposed of in the trash, down the drain, or on the ground, our water and soils can be contaminated or trash collectors can be harmed. Most products labeled dangerous, flammable, poison, combustible and corrosive are considered hazardous waste.

    Special Disposal for HHW:

    • Keep it out of the drains, storm sewers, and off the ground.  Chemicals disposed of through these methods can pollute rivers, lakes and aquifers.
    • Keep it out of the trash.  Hazardous products can cause a problem for waste haulers and at waste facilities.

    If you can't use up household hazardous chemicals or give them to someone who will, take the items to The Recycling Zone, Dakota County's recycling facility in Eagan, MN.  Residents can bring most items to The Recycling Zone for free.



Contact Us

13713 Frontier Court
Burnsville, MN 55337-3817
Phone: 952-895-4559

Dakota Valley Recycling

DVR is the partnership recycling department for the Cities of Apple Valley, BurnsvilleEagan and Lakeville that connects residents and businesses to recycling, composting and waste disposal information. DVR is not a drop off facility and does not accept any materials for recycling.