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.


2016 Business Recycling Law

New Recycling Requirement for Businesses

Starting January 1, 2016, recycling will be the law for many businesses. Commercial building owners operating or leasing to a retail establishment, restaurant, educational or professional service, health care service or any other business with a North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code between 42 and 81 and contracting disposal of at least four cubic yards of solid waste per week must recycle at least three materials, such as paper, glass, plastic, metal and organics (food waste and soiled paper). 

Business owners should check with their waste hauler for details on specific recycling material acceptance, and if they offer separate organics recycling.

While an important part of the local economy and community, the commercial sector also generates more than half of the total waste in Dakota County. According to a recent statewide study, about 75% of the waste thrown away is actually recyclable. Having a strong recycling program conserves natural resources, can help your bottom line, and demonstrates your organization’s commitment to sustainability and the community. 

To help businesses make recycling convenient in easily accessible areas, Dakota County is offering container labels in a variety of sizes and types to meet different business needs. Order your free trash and recycling labels at www.dakotacounty.us.

It is estimated that more than 9,500 businesses in Dakota County may be affected by the commercial recycling mandate. To learn more, visit the Dakota County website at www.dakotacounty.us and search business recycling, or contact Renee Burman, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 952-891-7042.

Information partially funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Dakota County Board of Commissioners. 

Compost bin and rain barrel sales are back

Attention Gardeners: It’s time to think spring.

Our compost bin and rain barrel sales are back. You simply order a bin or barrel online and then pick it up at the distribution event of your choice.  So far we have eleven distribution locations. 

For more information visit Get an affordable rain barrel or compost bin

Or go to Recycle Minnesota to order your barrel or bin now.

I Love Burnsville Spring Collection Events - 2016

Disposal and recycling of large bulky items is as easy as 1-2-3! Every year, in coordination with I Love Burnsville Week, the City hosts a number of opportunities for residents to dispose of unwanted items in a convenient, low-cost manner.

Ask a DVR Staff

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The Recycling Zone (location & hours)

Photo of the exterior of The Recycling Zone 

The Recycling Zone is the County recycling center where all Dakota County residents and businesses can dispose of 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.

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