Art projects are a great way to enhance learning and teach kids that much of our waste can be turned into something wonderful. Discover a variety of ways to turn recycled material into beautiful art by exploring the art project ideas below.

Making Paper from Scratch (PDF)
In this art project, kids will be making paper using scraps from toilet tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, newspaper or scrap paper.

Recycle Buddy (PDF)
This art project allows kids to explore the possibilities of using different types of recyclables to create their very own recycle buddy!

Recycled Paper Beads (PDF)
Using scraps of different types of paper, kids will make colorful beads within this art project. The beads can be then strung together to make a necklace or bracelet.


Coloring Pages

These coloring pages from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will teach kids about the environment and and what can be done to keep it clean. To save or print each coloring page, right click on the thumbnail image below.

  • AirPollution_Coloring Sheet
  • PickUpTrash_Coloring Sheet
  • Recycle_Coloring Sheet
  • SaveEnergy_Coloring Sheet
  • SavePaper_Coloring Sheet
  • SaveWater_Coloring Sheet


These coloring pages from Worm Farming Revealed will help educate kids on worm composting and why composting it is so important. To save or print each coloring page, right click on the thumbnail image below.

  • AppleWormMaze
  • Rubbermaid-worm-house
  • family-dining-coloring-page
  • globalworming
  • worm-cross-the-road
  • worm-tea-party

These coloring pages made by DVR staff will help educate kids on the importance of preventing food waste. To save or print each coloring page, right click on the thumbnail image below.

  • dont-trash-us
  • eat-me-first-bin
  • food-saving-superhero2
  • love-food-hate-waste
  • maze

Below are coloring books about the "Three Rs" - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! Learn about each "R" while filling the pages with color. These coloring books were created by the MPCA.

Rrready, Set, Reduce! (PDF)
Rrready, Set, Reuse! (PDF)
Rrready, Set, Recycle! (PDF)

Contact Us

City Education Department
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.