• The following are examples of common household hazardous waste items that require special disposal.  Everything listed here can be taken to The Recycling Zone.


    • Auto batteries
    • Antifreeze
    • Oils/Filters
    • Tires

    Lawn and Garden:

    • Fertilizers
    • Ligher Fluid
    • Pesticides
    • Pool chemicals

    Household Items:

    • Aerosol cans
    • Batteries (non-alkaline)
    • Cleaners
    • Fluorescent bulbs
    • Furniture polish
    • Needles/syringes/lancets
    • Nail polish
    • Propane/compressed gas cylinders

    Home Improvement:

    • Driveway sealer
    • Paint
    • Paint remover/stripper/thinner
    • Solvents


  • Most businesses in Dakota County generate hazardous waste.  All generators of hazardous waste--including home-based businesses--must be licensed by Dakota County. 

    • Is your business qualified as a Very Small Quantity Generator--where you produce less than 220 lbs. or hazardous waste per month?  Find information about the program and how to handle the waste at Dakota County Programs.
    • For information about the Dakota County Ordinance No. 111--Hazardous Waste Regulation, as well as hazardous waste generator licensing and disposal resources visit Dakota County's web site.
  • There are many household items that are hazardous to human health and the environment. These items cannot go in the garbage and must be handled with care. 

    The Recycling Zone, Dakota County's recycling facility in Eagan, accepts household hazardous waste from residents at no charge. For more information including location, hours, and a full list of acceptable items, visit our Recycling Zone page. 


    Image of household hazardous waste including paint, fluorescent bulbs and aerosol cans

  • From lithium ion to alkaline to zinc-carbon, there are many different types of batteries that you may encounter every day in your home. But do you know what to do with them?

    In many cases, you are able to bring your batteries directly back to the retailer. In Dakota County this includes but is not limited to: Target, Walmart, Home Depot, all car parts stores, Best Buy, RadioShack, Sams Club, Staples, Batteries Plus, and Lowe's. 

    Lithium Ion  Lithium Ion Battery

    Also known as a rechargeable battery, these batteries have become extremely common due to their convenience and cost savings. However, they do contain hazardous materials and are illegal to dispose of in your household garbage bin. Instead, place tape over the terminals and bring them to a retailer or the recycling zone to dispose of them for free.

    Alkaline Alkaline Battery

    Alkaline batteries are another very common household battery and come in many shapes, colors and sizes. Perhaps the common is the gold and black battery with the word “alkaline” written somewhere on the battery. These types of batteries can be disposed of in your household garbage bin, BUT they do contain valuable materials so it is better to bring them to The Recycling Zone to be recycled. These batteries are not accepted in your curbside recycling bin because they are too small and often get lost in the process or fall through the cracks in the materials recycling facility. When it comes to batteries, if in doubt- bring it to The Recycling Zone.

    Car Batteries    Car Battery

    Automotive batteries, also commonly referred to as lead-acid batteries, are large square lead blocks. These batteries are a type of lithium ion batteries and are illegal to dispose of in your household garbage bin. Instead, you can recycle them at your local automotive store, or take them to The Recycling Zone in Dakota County. 

    Nickel-Cadmium Batteries      Nickel Cadmium Battery

    Nickel-cadmium batteries are another type of rechargeable battery that uses nickel oxide hydroxide and metallic cadmium instead of lithium. These batteries are also illegal to throw away in your household garbage and must be disposed of responsibly either through a retail store or by bringing them into The Recycling Zone.   

    The Recycling Zone

    3365 Dodd Road (South Highway 149)
    Eagan, MN 55121

    For more information about materials accepted and hours, visit our Recycling Zone guide. 

    Battery Handling Tips

    • Store batteries in a vented plastic bucket or sturdy cardboard box away from light bulbs and other breakable items
    • Tape the terminals with electrical or plastic tape to prevent short circuiting
    • Older batteries may rust and leak. If a battery appears to be dirty or have a film around the terminals, use caution and do not touch the areas leaking. 
    • Always wash your hands after handling batteries or use gloves to prevent touching hazardous materials


  • Many products and chemicals we use in our homes can be harmful to health and the environment if not disposed of properly. But there are also some simple ways to reduce the use of these products in our homes in the first place.

    1. Read product labels to judge the hazard level and choose products that contain less harmful ingredients.  Look for signal words like poison, danger, warning and caution. 
    2. Reduce the number of hazardous cleaning products in your home.  Use one general-purpose cleaner for multiple jobs or non-toxic "green" cleaners such as baking soda, lemon juice or vinegar.  Find more information on Green Cleaners.
    3. Reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides in your yard. A great way to do that is through backyard composting! Learn how to properly backyard compost and find other "how-to" tips on the Dakota County Environmental Resources Site..
    4. Don't toss CFL's or mercury-containing batteries in the garbage. Take them to the Recycling Zone or find a CFL recycling location near you through our Fluorescent Bulb Guide.

    Get more tips on the Dakota County website.

  • According to the EPA, indoor air is considered one of the top 5 hazards to human health. Paints and finishes are among the leading causes.

    Paints and finishes release low level toxic emissions into the air for years after application.  The source of these toxins is a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). New environmental regulations have led to the development of low-VOC and zero-VOC paints and finishes. Most paint manufacturers now produce one or more non-VOC variety of paint. These new paints are durable, cost-effective and less harmful to human and environmental health.Low VOC Paint

    Why use low or no VOC paints?

    • Reduced toxins benefit everyone, including those with allergies and chemical sensitivities. There is low odor during application and no odor once cured. There is no off-gassing and painted areas can be occupied sooner.
    • It reduces landfill, groundwater and ozone depleting contaminants. It is not deemed hazardous waste so disposal is greatly simplified.
    • Low-VOC products perform well in terms of coverage, scrubability and hideability (covering flaws on previous coats).  It is water-based so cleanup is easy.  Just use soap and warm water.

    What are VOCs?

    VOCs are unstable, carbon-containing compounds that readily vaporize into the air. When they enter the air, they react with other elements to produce ozone, which causes air pollution and a host of health issues including breathing problems, headache, burning, watery eyes and nausea.

  • Besides The Recycling Zone, Dakota County's recycling facility, the following locations are in and around Dakota County where residents can drop off household hazardous waste.

    To recycle CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs):

    If you do not live in Dakota County, please consult your county's website for household hazardous waste disposal information.

  • A new year brought a few changes to hoThe Recycling Zone w residents can recycle certain items. Dakota County no longer accepts plastic bags and packaging peanuts at The Recycling Zone in Eagan. As of Jan. 1, 2018 the County also has  stopped paying residents to drop off aluminum cans, though cans still are accepted for free recycling.

    Plastic bags and wrap require special recycling and do not belong in household recycling carts. Bags can wrap around recycling sorting equipment. Many private businesses offer the same service, so it is no longer needed at The Recycling Zone.

    Residents can bring clean and dry plastic bags to grocery stores and retailers that accept them for recycling. Clean packing peanuts can be dropped off at UPS stores and local shipping stores, which reuse the material.

    For more information, including a list of materials accepted at The Recycling Zone and where to take other household items, visit the Dakota County Recycling Zone Page

  • The Recycling Zone is the County-run recycling center in Eagan, MN. This facility is where all Dakota County residents can bring 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. 

    Businesses can only dispose of their hazardous waste at the Recycling Zone through the Very Small Quantity Generator Program. Visit Dakota County's For Businesses page for more information and to schedule an appointment


    recycling zone map3365 Dodd Road (South Highway 149)
    Eagan, MN 55121

    Wednesday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
    Thursday: noon - 8:00pm
    Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

    *The Recycling Zone is closed New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    Acceptable Items From Residents (free unless otherwise noted)

    • Household hazardous waste such as paint, automotive oil, chemicals, cleaners and fertilizers
    • Electronics such as laptops, stereos, DVD players, satellite dishes, and cell phones (Computer monitors and TV's have a $10 per-item drop-off fee)
    • Small household electronics such as toasters, vacuums, radios and coffee makers
    • Scrap metal
    • Tires (Fees starting at $5)
    • Basic recyclables: aluminum cans, cardboard boxes, glass, and plastic bottles 
    • More recyclable plastics: yogurt, pudding and fruit cups, plastic disposable drinking cups, margarine, cream cheese and cottage cheese tubs, and deli containers
    • Recyclable paper cartons: milk cartons, juice cartons, juice boxes, and broth/soup cartons.

    A full list of accepted items and more information about available programs can be found on the Dakota County website.  

    Not Accepted

    Other Services

    • Free Reuse Shelf: Residents can also pick up free products from the Recycling Zone. When items are brought in and are still usable, The Recycling Zone puts them out for reuse. Items on the "reuse shelf" include paint, chemicals, cleaners, solvents, etc. 
    • Educational Experiences: Tours of The Recycling Zone are open to Dakota County residents and groups (girls and boy scouts, churches, groups, etc.) for free! The tour looks at what happens at The Recycling Zone and the importance of pollution prevention. To schedule an educational experience visit the Recycling Zone Educational Experience Page. 

  • Household hazardous waste

    Household Hazardous Waste, or HHW, is any chemical or product that can cause serious illness or pose an environmental or health threat if improperly stored, transported, or disposed of.  When hazardous waste is disposed of in the trash, down the drain, or on the ground, our water and soils can be contaminated or trash collectors can be harmed. Most products labeled dangerous, flammable, poison, combustible and corrosive are considered hazardous waste.

    Special Disposal for HHW:

    • Keep it out of the drains, storm sewers, and off the ground.  Chemicals disposed of through these methods can pollute rivers, lakes and aquifers.
    • Keep it out of the trash.  Hazardous products can cause a problem for waste haulers and at waste facilities.

    If you can't use up household hazardous chemicals or give them to someone who will, take the items to The Recycling Zone, Dakota County's recycling facility in Eagan, MN.  Residents can bring most items to The Recycling Zone for free.



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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.