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. 

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. 

Going Green for the Holidays

green giftsDid you know that the volume of trash going to the landfill spikes by 25% during the month of December?  Help reduce waste with some easy recycling tips.

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)

Seasonal Drop-off locations:

Company Address City Zip Phone Number
ACE Hardware & Paint 14760 Pennock Ave Apple Valley 55124 952-432-1004
Dakota Co. Western Service Center 14955 Galaxie Avenue Apple Valley 55124 952-891-7570
Sterling State Bank 4520 150th St W Apple Valley 55124 (952) 322-3300
Transition Plus A.V. (Nov.20th Drop bin) 5840 149th Street W. Apple Valley 55124 952-431-8730
Burnsville Ice Arena (Nov. 23rd Drop bins)  251 Civic Center Parkway Burnsville 55337 952-895-4511
Frattallone's Ace Hardware 1350 County Road 42 W Burnsville 55337 952-303-5140
Pellici ACE Hardware 1565 Cliff Road Eagan 55122 651-454-2366
ACE Hardware & Paint 20810 Holyoke Ave Lakeville 55044 952-469-3433
ACE Hardware & Paint 177729 Juniper Path Lakeville 55044 952-8987151
Lakeville City Hall 20195 Holyoke Avenue Lakeville 55044 952-985-4528
Lakeville Liquor Heritage 20164 Heritage Ave Lakeville 55044 952-985-4910
Lakeville Liquor Kenrick 16179 Kenrick Ave Lakeville 55044 952-985-4940
Lakeville Liquor Store 1600 Galaxie Ave Lakeville 55044 952-985-4930
Pellici Ace 3560 213th Street W Farmington 55024 651-463-4777
Round Bank 3380 Vermillion River Tr Farmington 55024 (651) 463-8300
ACE Hardware & Paint 3098 65th St. East Inver Grove Heights 55076 651-455-2228
Alliance Education Center 14300 Biscayne Ave W Rosemount 55068 (651) 423-8100
City of Rosemount-Community Ctr. 13885 South Robert Trail Rosemount 55068 651-322-6005
Community of Hope Church 14401 Biscayne Ave. W Rosemount 55068 651-322-5679
First State Bank 3025 145th St W Rosemount 55068 (651) 423-1121
Starbucks 14903 S Robert Trl Rosemount 55068 (651) 423-7112
Terry's  Hardware 14635 Robert Trail S Rosemount 55068 651-423-3455
USA Nails 3420 150th St W Ste 101 Rosemount 55068 (651) 322-7124
Vermillion Bank 15040 Canada Ave W Rosemount 55068 (651) 423-4303
Terry's Hardware 375 33rd Street West Hastings 55033 651-437-3653
Sterling Drug 1399 S. Frontage Road Hastings 55033 651-438-7960
ProAct, Inc.  3195 Neil Armstrong Blvd.  Hastings 55033 651-289-3142
City of Mendota Heights 1101 Victoria Curve Mendota Heights 55118 651-452-1850


Year-Round Drop-off locations in your area:

The Recycling Zone
3365 Dodd Road
Eagan, MN 55121
W: 9am-8pm, Th: 12-8pm
F:9am-5pm, Sa:8am-5pm

Go to the RAM website for more information and a list of drop-off sites around the state.

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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