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.

Fluorescent bulbs

CFL BulbsCompact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use significantly less energy than traditional (incandescent) light bulbs.  If every America home replaced one bulb with a CFL, we'd save enough energy to light 3 million homes, and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to ~800,000 cars.  Even though CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, that amount is significantly less than the amount of mercury avoided as a result of the energy savings.

Recycling and Disposal of CFLs:

  • CFL bulbs:  It is illegal to place CFL bulbs in the garbage, because they contain a small amount of mercury.  You can recycle CFL bulbs for free to any of the locations in the green box below. NOTE: if you have fluorescent tubes, please scroll down to the next bulletpoint for free and for-a-fee options.

The Recycling Zone
3365 Dodd Road
Eagan, MN 55121
651-905-4520
W 3pm-8pm, Th 12pm-5pm,
Sa 9am-2pm
website

Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Parkway
Eagan, MN 55121
651-675-5550
M-F 5:45am-9:45pm
Sa 8am-8pm, Su 10am-8pm
website

Eagan City Hall
3830 Pilot Knob Rd
Eagan, MN 55122
651-675-5011
M-F 8am-4:30pm

City of Burnsville Maint. Center
13713 Frontier Court
Burnsville, MN 55337
952-895-4511
M-F 7am-3:30pm

City of Apple Valley Maint. Facility
6442 140th St W
Apple Valley, MN 55124
952-953-2400
M-F 8am-4:30pm

IKEA
8000 Ikea Way
Bloomington, MN 55425
888-888-4532
M-Th 10am-8pm, F-Sa 10am-9pm,
Su 10am-7pm
website

Home Depot
Multiple locations
Home Depot store locator
Menards
Multiple locations
Menards store locator
Ace Hardware
Multiple locations
Ace store locator
True Value
Multiple locations
True Value store locator

 

Learn more about recycling CFLs:

Why use a CFL?

  • A CFL can save more than $40 in electricity costs over its lifetime if used instead of an incandescent bulb.
  • It uses 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and lasts 10 times longer.
  • Produces about 75% less heat, so it's safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.

Preventing CFLs from Breaking:

  • Always switch off and allow the bulb to cool before handling.  If possible, screw/unscrew the CFL by holding the plastic or ceramic base, not the glass tubing.
  • Do not overtighten.
  • Keep out of lamps that could easily tip, especially in rooms often used by children or pregnant women.

Cleaning Up a Broken CFL:

  • Exposure to broken CFLs can pose a health risk, especially to a fetus or young child.
  1. Open a window, shut off central air conditioning or forced-air heating, and clear the room for at least 15 minutes, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends.
  2. Follow the detailed cleanup steps for either hard surfaces or carpeting/rugs posted on the EPA web site.

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