Recycling Zone

  • pile of electronics: tvs, printers, computer equipmentIt is important to carefully dispose of home and business electronics including but not limited to: 

    • Televisions
    • Computers (central processing units, monitors, laptops)
    • Computer accessories such as keyboards, speakers, printers and other peripherals
    • VCRs, DVD players and Blu-Ray players
    • Gaming consoles
    • Fax Machines
    • Cell phones, mp3 players and other handheld devices

    Recycling Electronics

    Option 1: Bring your unwanted electronics to The Recycling Zone, a local electronics recycler or a retail store with an electronics recycling program.

    The Recycling Zone
    3365 Dodd Rd
    Eagan, MN 55121
    651-905-4520 (search Recycling Zone)
    Wed: 9:00am - 8:00pm
    Thurs: noon - 8:00pm
    Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Sat: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Fee: Most items are free, computer monitors and TVs are $10 each

    Local Electronics Recyclers
    Contact electronics recyclers directly for hours of operation and fees.

    Advanced Recyclers
    8980 S Hwy 149
    Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077

    Certified Recycling
    14305 Ewing Ave
    Burnsville, MN 55306

    Plaza TV and Appliance, Inc.
    846 S Robert St
    West Saint Paul, MN 55118

    Veteran Shredding
    1800 Cliff Rd E Dock Door #18
    Burnsville, MN 55337

    Retail Stores with Electronics Recycling Programs
    Contact stores directly for hours and program details.

    Best Buy
    Multiple locations [find a store]
    Limit 3 electronics per household, per day.
    Limit 2 TVs per household, per day. LED screens smaller than 50". Tube TVs smaller than 32" and under. 25$ fee for TVs and monitors. Visit Best Buy website for restrictions and items accepted.

    Multiple locations [find a store]
    Staples Eco-services webpage
    Limit 3 electronics per person, per day.
    Visit Staples website for items accepted and restrictions.

    Multiple locations [find a store]
    Recycle handheld devices such as mp3 players and cell phones at recycling station at front of store.
    Devices such as GPS, tablet PCs and gaming consoles can be traded in for a Target gift card through
    Contact store directly for details.

    Recycling for Raptors
    Multiple locations [find a store]
    Recycling used inkjet printer cartridges only. 
    Contact the U of M Raptor Center directly for details.

    Option 2: If you do not have a way to transport an electronic item to a recycling facility, call your garbage hauler or one of the local electronics recyclers above to schedule a pick-up for a one-time fee.  The Recycling Zone does not arrange pick ups of electronic items.

  • Electronics and spent fluorescent bulbs from businesses are collected for a fee at The Recycling Zone on the second Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

    The Recycling Zone
    3365 Dodd Road (South Highway 149)

    Eagan, MN 55121

    Fluorescent bulbs and electronics contain hazardous components. Therefore, it is illegal to throw them in the trash. Fluorescent bulbs contain mercury and electronics contain toxic materials such as lead, PCBs, mercury and cadmium.

    Current disposal and recycling costs (prices subject to change)

    • Four foot and shorter straight fluorescent bulbs—$0.25 each
    • Five foot and longer straight fluorescent bulbs—$0.45 each
    • Compact fluorescent bulbs—$0.40 each
    • Shatter-shielded fluorescent bulbs—$1.15 each
    • U-shaped and circular fluorescent bulbs—$0.45 each
    • HID and low-pressure sodium bulbs—$0.90 each
    • Broken bulbs (packaged in sealed containers)—$1.00 each or $1.00 per pound
    • Ballasts—$0.70 per pound
    • Mercury devices (thermostats, switches, thermometers, relays, manometers, barometers, thermocouples, gauges, etc.)—$2.90 per pound
    • Electronics—$0.35 per pound
    • Cell phones—free

    Transporting fluorescent bulbs

    • Count each type of bulb and bring the count with you.
    • Transport bulbs in original cartons or similar containers to prevent breakage. Broken bulbs are considerably more expensive to recycle.
    • Don’t tape bulbs together.

    Cash, check or Visa/MasterCard payment is due at the time of delivery. Make checks payable to Dakota County Property Taxation & Records. Businesses receive a tracking receipt upon payment.

    Free disposal for Xcel customers
    One visit per year, you can bring in your Xcel utility statement and receive free disposal of up to 10 fluorescent bulbs.

    For more information, call the Dakota County Environmental Management Department at 952-891-7557.

    For information on all Dakota County business programs, please see Dakota County Programs.

  • 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

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.