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.


Fix-it Clinics Coming to Dakota County

Fix-It Clinics Coming to Dakota County

Residents can bring up to 5 small items to be repaired or mended. Bring in small household electronics, clothing and more and receive free guided assistance to fix your items. Common items include coffee pots, fans, jewelry, and clothes with tears or holes.

Saturday, January 23, 2016
Noon - 4 p.m.
Thompson County Park
360 Butler Avenue East
West St. Paul, MN

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Noon - 4 p.m.
Burnhaven Library
1101 County Road 42 West
Burnsville, MN

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Noon - 4 p.m.
Inver Glen Library
8098 Blaine Avenue
Inver Grove Heights, MN

Volunteers Needed
Want to share your skills with others looking to learn how to repair their items? Volunteer!
For more information or to sign up, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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. 

Ask a DVR Staff

green question markGot a question about recycling? Not sure how to dispose of a household item?  Need information about yard waste sites, landfills, or The Recycling Zone?

Holiday Lights

Don’t know what to do with those old or non-working holiday lights? Making the switch to energy efficient LED holiday lights? Recycle your old lights with Recycling Association of Minnesota's holiday light recycling program!

Recycle Your Holidays™ is a one-of-a-kind statewide holiday light recycling program in Minnesota. Residents can drop-off their unwanted light strands at one of our 400+ participating locations during the holiday season starting November 15 and running through the end of January 2016.  In addition, there are several locations around the Twin Cities metro that serve as year-round drop-off locations.

  Click here for a map of drop-off locations in your city (Nov 15-Jan 31 only)

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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