Residential Guide

  • Green Cleaners

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air pollution among the top environmental dangers. Most indoor air pollution is the result of cleaning products, whose safety, and even labeling, aren’t regulated or assessed by the government. According to the EPA, of the more than 75,000 registered chemicals, only a fraction have been tested for human health effects. Improper use and disposal of these chemicals can also have a negative effect on our health and the environment. In the US, we generate 1.6 million tons of harmful household chemicals, and the average home can accumulate as much as 300 pounds of household hazardous waste. 

    Green Cleaning Tips 

    Look for the Safer Choice label: The EPA has recently unveiled a new label for denoting safe cleaning products. Cleaning products with the safer choice label help consumers identify products with safer chemical ingredients. There are currently more than 2,000 products that qualify for the safer choice label.    A full list of products can be found here

    Do your research: The Environmental Working Group has a guide to healthy cleaning that ranks more than 2,500 cleaning products based on  the toxicity of its ingredients. A link to the guide can be found here.

    Read Labels:  Reading labels can tell you a lot about the product and its possible health effects. Watch for signal words like caution, warning, danger, poison, flammable, corrosive, & toxic. 

    Use Cleaners Safely: Do not mix cleaners, especially ones with chlorine or bleach. Always use cleaners for their intended purpose and never forget test a formula first. Wear gloves while using cleaners to prevent chemicals from touching your skin. If you do make your own cleaners, remember to label the containers clearly. Read the Labels Sign

    Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste Properly: Keep household hazardous waste out of drains, storm sewers, trash containers, and off of the ground. Bring old and unwanted cleaners to The Recycling Zone to be properly disposed of for free. 

    Go Reusable: Remember to stock your cleaning kit with reusable and washable cleaning supplies such as rags, sponges, and spray bottles. An old cut up shirt works well too! Choose cellulose sponges, which are not anti-bacterial. 

    Go Homemade: Another option to cut down on harmful chemicals is to consider making your own cleaning solutions and implementing alternative methods for common household needs. Check out the tips and recipes below to reduce household chemicals and potentially save money too.

    All Purpose Cleaners:

    Castile Soap Surface Cleaner

    Mix 2 cups distilled water, 2 tablespoons - ¼ cup castile soap, and 15 drops essential oil in a spray bottle.

     Vinegar Surface Cleaner

    Mix 1 cup distilled water, 1 cup white distilled vinegar, ½ juiced lemon (optional, must be stored in refrigerator if added), and 15 drops essential oil in a spray bottle. 

    Kitchen Cleaning:

    Garbage Disposal Cleaner

    Pour ½ cup baking soda into garbage disposal, then slowly pour ½ cup of vinegar in after. Once the mixture has had time to work, pour boiling water down the drain. Can follow this with throwing half a lemon or lime down the drain to deodorize. 

    Microwave Cleaner

    Pour about ½ cup water in a microwave safe bowl, squeeze ½ a lemon into water or a few drops of vinegar. Microwave solution on high for several minutes (until the solution boils). Let stand for about 10 minutes before removing door and wiping the walls and door clean.

    Drain Cleaner

    Use a plunger or plumber’s snake. 

    Pour 1 cup baking soda in drain, follow with ½ cup vinegar and immediately cover drain. Let sit for half hour, then uncover and pour boiling water down drain for 1 minute.

    Oven

    Mix 1 part water and 3 parts baking soda into a paste. Spread the paste on bottom of the oven, leave it there for a few hours and then wipe clean. 

    Bathroom Cleaning:

    Showers and Bathtubs

    1 part water to 3 parts baking soda paste to remove soap and stains (use vinegar for tougher stains).

    Grout

    Sprinkle baking soda on the floor and spray with hydrogen peroxide. Scrub with a toothbrush or fine tipped scrubbing tool.

    Toilet Bowl

    Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda, pour or spray vinegar over. Let soak for at least 30 minutes, then scrub with toilet brush.

     Other:

     

    Glass Cleaner

      

    Mix one tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar with one cup of water. Can also add essential oils to mask vinegar smell. Spray directly on window and reuse old newspaper or a microfiber cloth to wipe up.

    Furniture Polish

     

    Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice in one pint of mineral or vegetable oil and wipe furniture.

     

    Rug/Upholstery Deodorizer

     

    Sprinkle carpet or fabric with baking soda (can scent with essential oils). Wait 15 minutes and vacuum.

     

    Silver Polish

    Completely submerge silver in a shallow pan of boiling mixture of 2-3 inches of water, one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of baking soda, and a sheet of aluminum foil. Wipe away tarnish and repeat if necessary.

    Mothballs

     

    Use cedar chips, lavender flowers, rosemary, mints, or white peppercorns.

     

    Air Freshener

     

    Combine ¾ cup water, 2 tablespoons vodka, and essential oils in an 8oz spray bottle. Shake well and spray as needed.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Household Goods Donation Sites

    Household items in good condition can be donated to any of the following businesses to be resold and reused.  Items no longer in good condition can be placed in the garbage.

    dishware, glassware and other household goodsC.H.A.P. Thrift Store
    2020 E Hwy 13
    Burnsville, MN 55337
    952-890-8222

    Goodwill
    7320 153rd St
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    952-953-4410

    Goodwill
    1247 Northwood Pkwy
    Eagan, MN 55121
    651-994-7907

    Goodwill
    1425 S Robert St
    West Saint Paul, MN 55118
    651-451-2014

    Goodwill
    17625 Kenrick Ave,
    Lakeville, MN 55044
    952-435-7050

    Savers
    7608 W 150th St
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    952-432-7263

    Salvation Army - Family and Thrift Store
    10141 Irving Ave
    Burnsville, MN 55337
    952-435-7462

    UNIQUE Thrift Store
    14308 Burnhaven Dr
    Burnsville, MN 55337
    952-898-0988

  • How to Reduce Household Hazardous Waste

    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.

  • How to Set Up Hauling Service

    The Cities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, and Lakeville have open collection for their trash and recycling services. This means that the city licenses several companies to collect garbage and recycling for residents but the city itself does not actually pick up any trash and recycling. It is up to residents to choose from any of these licensed haulers below to set up garbage and recycling service in their respective city. 

    Do you live in a:curbside trash and recycling bin

    • Single-family home or duplex?
    • a home that has individual garbage and recycling bins, separate from your neighbors (not dumpsters)?
    • a home that is not part of an association?

    If you answered yes to any of these, click on your city below to access the list of haulers licensed to do business in your city.

     

    Apple Valley Hauler Directory

    Burnsville Hauler Directory

    Eagan Hauler Directory

    Lakeville Hauler Directory

    If you answered no to those questions, your hauler options may be different.  Garbage hauling for multi-family residences and commercial properties are licensed separately and therefore your hauler directory is different from the ones above.  The following are considered multi-family homes:

    • Most apartments, townhomes or other homes in an association, condominiums, fourplexes, etc. 
    • Homes that have dumpsters for garbage and recycling
    • Homes that have individual garbage and recycling bins, but are part of an association or complex.

     If your home fits one of these categories, click below to access the commercial haulers page.

     Licensed Commercial Haulers

     Do you have questions about garbage and recycling hauling in your city? Call 952-895-4559 or contact usvia email.

     

  • Lakeville Organics Drop Off

    18400 Ipava Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

    As of October 1st, Dakota County and the City of Lakeville are offering an exciting opportunity for Lakeville residents to dramatically cut their waste. A free organics drop-site launched after many residents, through surveys and public forums, voiced their desire to keep organic waste out of the landfill. The Lakeville location will be the first organics drop-site in the southwest part of the county.

    Unlike backyard composting, the Lakeville site is set up for commercial composting which allows the resident to compost food scraps like meat, bones, pizza boxes, tissues and much more. This is not a yard waste site – no leaves or brush are accepted at this location.

    Participation is easy. Sign-up online at www.dakotacounty.us, search organics, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 952-891-7557. Once signed up, residents receive a welcome kit with a free container label, compostable bags and details on how to recycle organics, as well the access codes to enter the locked drop-off locations at Thompson County Park, Holland Lake Trailhead and the Lakeville Water Treatment Facility.

  • Low or No VOC Paint

    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.

  • Minnesota Energy Challenge

    The MN Energy Challenge is run by an area nonprofit, Center for Energy and Environment.  The Challenge is a pledge to reduce energy use and save money in your household.  You can learn about the actions that you take, and then choose the ones that work for you.  The web site also features an easy-to-use action guide, an "ask the experts" section, and information on utility rebate programs.  Registration is free for all services.  Most important, however, is the Challenge itself.  Over 26,000 Minnesota households have already pledged to save money and energy!

    Find more information on the MN Energy Challenge web site!

    A few tips from the MN Energy Challenge:

    Biggest bang for your buck:

    • Sign up for your utility company's air conditioning load control program.
    • Insulate your attic.
    • Wash clothes in cold water.
    • Insulate walls.
    • Replace 20+ year old furnaces.

    Fun for families:

    • Ditch the car and walk or bike to get exercise and save energy.

    Lighting:

    • Flip off lights and unplug appliances when not in use.
    • Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFL's.
    • Use holiday LED lights for your winter celebrations.
  • Need a new recycling bin?

    Need a new recycling bin?

    Is your current recycling bin broken, missing, or are you new to the area? 

    Getting a new recycling bin is easy if you live in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, or Lakeville. Simply contact your garbage hauler to obtain a bin; haulers provide bins for their residential and commercial customers.

  • Organics Drop-Site Now Open in Lebanon Hills

    Dakota County has opened a new organics drop-site at Holland Lake Trailhead in Lebanon Hills. The drop site opened on November 3rd, 2017 and all Dakota County residents are welcome to sign up and participate in the program for free. For more information about the organics recycling program, go to www.co.dakota.mn.us and search organics drop off. 

    How to Participate

    1. Sign Up

    Call 952-891-7557 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    You'll receive a welcome kit with a free container label, compostable bags and details on what can and cannot go in the organics bin. You'll also receive the access code to enter the locked drop-off location. Anyone is welcome to participate, but the enclosure requires a code to prevent non-organic contamination. 

    2. Start Collecting Organic Waste                                                        

    You can use any container to collect organics such as:     

    • A small step containerBPI logo
    • A clean and empty ice cream bucket, coffee container, or other type of tub
    • A specially designed countertop organics container which can be purchased at local stores or online

    Line your container with a paper bag or certified compostable bags which are provided to residents for free at the drop-site. If you decide to purchase your own bags, make suCedar Grove Logore they have the BPIor Cedar Grove Logo on the bag.          

    When the bag is full, securely tie it closed and bring it to a drop-site near you. There are two locations in Dakota County Thompson County Park (360 Butler Ave, West St. Paul) or Lebanon Hills (opening November 3rd, Holland Lake Trailhead, 1100 Cliff Rd, Eagan).

    Accepted items:

    • All food, food scraps, peels, pits, etc.
    • Coffee grounds, filters and teabags
    • Paper towels, napkins and tissues   Food Scraps
    • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
    • Paper egg cartons
    • Certified compostable products: Items with the BPI or Cedar Grove certified compostable logo on the product or packaging
    • Hair and fur
    • Popsicle sticks and toothpicks
    • Houseplant trimmings and flowers

    Not accepted

    • Yard waste
    • Plastic bags
    • Pet waste, litter, or bedding
    • Fast food wrappers
    • Frozen food boxes
    • Microwave popcorn bags
    • Paper plates, bowls and cups without BPI or Cedar Grove certification
    • Single-serve coffee pods (i.e., K-Cups® )

     

    Organics collected at these sites will be brought to a local organics recycling facility (The Mulch Store Specialized Environmental Technologies site) where it will be turned into compost; a nutrient-rich soil additive. Because the organics collected is brought to a commercial facility, meat, dairy, and bones are accepted among other food scrapes and napkins. Compost is beneficial because it improves soil quality, reduces erosion, and decreases the need for chemical fertilizers. Questions about this program? Visit the Dakota County webpage or call 952-891-7557. 

  • Organized Neighborhood Collection

    The system in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, and Lakeville for the collection of garbage, recycling and yard waste is known as “open hauling.”  Open hauling allows residents to develop an agreement individually with any garbage-hauling company that is licensed with the City. This system lets residents choose their hauler, but may generate multiple garbage/recycling trucks servicing each neighborhood. 

    garbage truck in neighborhoodNeighbor Block Rate Program

    To alleviate the truck traffic, residents who live on the same street, cul-de-sac or neighborhood can decide to have the same hauler collect their garbage and recyclables for the entire neighborhood. Neighborhoods that participate in the Neighbor Block Rate Program can realize several benefits including: 

    • increased traffic safety
    • decreased noise levels
    • decreased wear and tear on city streets, therefore reducing the assessments to your property for roadway repairs
    • decreased potential for air and noise pollution

    By setting up your neighborhood to be serviced by one hauler, there also is the possibility of a reduced monthly rate, and your group may also be able to request other services.

    The Neighborhood Block Rate Program is a voluntary program that Dakota Valley Recycling promotes to provide safe, environmentally-preferable collection services. Neighborhoods can reap the benefits from this program for garbage and recycling collection and come together to work on these important issues.

    How to Set Up a Neighborhood Block Rate Program

    Inform Neighbors

    Someone will need to initiate the effort to set up the neighborhood for collection services. This “neighborhood organizer” can be one person, a couple of people, or a committee. The neighborhood organizer’s first task is to define the neighborhood. Once the boundaries are set, a list of addresses will need to be complied. This list will be used to inform neighbors about the Neighborhood Block Rate Program. Use a web-based mapping program such as Google Maps or Mapquest, or just walk through your neighborhood to create the list. 

    A sample letter informing residents about the program is included below. Using this letter, the neighborhood organizer can contact neighbors to determine how many households are interested in participating in the program. Be sure to add your address to the attached reply form so neighbors will know where to return it.

    Choose Hauler

    Once the neighborhood organizer has an estimate of the number of households that will be participating in the program, the different haulers can be contacted to determine options for services and rates. A sample worksheet has been provided (below) to give the neighborhood organizer a starting point for determining which haulers may fit best with the neighborhood's needs. Determining priorities for choosing a hauler may require a meeting of interested neighbors.

    Once the worksheet completed, use the spreadsheet provided below and call each hauler that is licensed in your city (lists below).  Once the spreadsheet has been filled out, haulers' answers can be compared with the worksheet to start the decision-making process. Work with interested neighbors to make a determination.  After a consensus is reached, the hauler that was chosen needs to be informed of the participating residents. It is suggested that a list of the participating households be sent to the hauler with the name of the neighborhood organization so the hauler can check off the names as the residents call in to establish services.

    Establish Collection Service

    Residents who choose to participate in the Neighborhood Block Rate Program should contact the chosen hauler to establish the new service. The resident also needs to call their previous hauler to cancel their service. The neighborhood organizer may need to follow up with answers to additional questions from neighbors before service is established.

    Contact New Residents (ongoing)

    If the Neighborhood Organizer knows of new residents in the neighborhood, they may want to send a letter or call to let them know about the collection program that has been established. A sample form letter to new residents is provided below.

    Information and Worksheets for Neighborhood Organizers

    Use these documents to set up a block rate program in your neighborhood. You will need a PDF viewer to open documents.

     If you have any questions about the information in these documents, or about setting up a neighborhood block rate program, please call Dakota Valley Recycling at 952-895-4511 or contact us via email.

  • Pharmaceutical Disposal

    Pharmeceutical DisposalDo Not Flush Prescription Drugs Down the Toilet. Prescription and over the counter medications should not be flushed down the toilet, poured down a sink or placed in the trash.Instead, take prescription and over-the-counter medication to select law enforcement drop-off locations in Dakota County (listed below) to safely and anonymously dispose of them.

    Medication Drop-Off Stations

    Residents can drop off expired or unwanted medicine for free at:
    Locations open 24-hours, seven days a week:

    • Burnsville Police Station (100 Civic Center Pkwy) 
    • Hasting Sheriff's Office (1580 Hwy 55)
    • Mendota Heights Police Station (1101 Victoria Curve)
    • West St. Paul Police Station (1616 Humboldt Ave)

    Locations open Monday-Friday, 8am to 4:30pm:

    • Apple Valley Police Station(7100 147th St W)
    • Eagan Police Station(3830 Pilot Knob Rd, open M-F, 8am to 6pm)
    • Lakeville Police Station (9237 183rd St W)
    • Farmington Police Station (19500 Municipal Dr)
    • Rosemount Police Station (2875 145th St W)

    Medicines accepted:

    Household medications are accepted in any form including prescription, over-the counter and pet medicines. Examples include:

    • blister packs
    • capsules
    • pills
    • creams
    • gels
    • vials
    • inhalers
    • IV bags
    • liquids
    • patches
    • powders
    • sprays
    • tablets

    Not accepted:

    • NO needles, syringes or fever thermometers. Bring these items to The Recycling Zonein Eagan for free, environmentally-safe disposal.
    • NO medicines from businesses, including health care facilities, long-term care facilities, pharmacies, doctor’s offices or veterinary clinics. 

    Preparation guidelines:

    • Drop off is safe and anonymous. No ID is required and no questions will be asked.
    • Keep medicines in their original container and place them in a sealed, clear plastic bag (pills can remain in their blister packs).
    • Use a marker to cross out any names on medicine containers.
    • Place medicine that is no longer in its original container in a clear plastic bag and write the name of the medicine on the bag.

    For more information and FAQs, visit the Dakota County Sheriff's Office Prescription Drug Drop-Off page.

    Why are unused prescription and over-the-counter medications a concern?

    The problem is two-fold:

    1) Studies have shown that pharmaceuticals and over the counter drugs are present in our nation's waterbodies and certain drugs may cause ecological harm. Outdated or unusable drugs that are disposed of by flushing or pouring down a sink, enter the environment because wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove them;

    2) Storing unused or outdated prescriptions creates an opportunity for illicit use.  Use the Dakota County Sheriff's Drop-Off program to dispose of medications safely.

  • Plastic Bags

    Reduce and Reuse

    Only take a bag if you need it and consider using a reusable bag instead to reduce your plastic use. Many stores also offer a small discount if you bring your own bag which can save you money over time. If you forget your reusable bag and only have one or two small items, consider carrying them out of the store instead. Some thrift stores will accept plastic and paper bags to use for their customers. Please check with the store prior to donating your bags.

    Recycling

    DO NOT include plastic bags with your curbside recycling. Many grocery stores and co-ops participate in plastic bag and film recycling. Consumers may deposit clean, dry plastic bags in specially designed collection bins found at participating retail locations including Cub Foods, Lund's/Byerly's, Target, Walmart and more. 

    How to recycle plastic bags at designated locations

    Note: All material must be clean and dry:
    • Plastic grocery bags
    • Plastic retail bags (remove string ties and rigid plastic handles)
    • Plastic dry-cleaning bags
    • Plastic cereal bags (must be dry with ALL food residue removed)
    • Plastic bread bags (must be dry with ALL rood residue removed)
    • Plastic produce bags (must be dry with ALL food residue removed)
    • Plastic frozen food bags (must be dry with ALL food residue removed)
    • Plastic wrap from paper products (paper towels, etc.)
    • Plastic salt bags (remove rigid plastic handles)
    • Plastic zipper bags (remove top closing mechanism)
    • Plastic stretch/shrink wrap
    • 6-pack holder rings

    Don't recycle

    • Plastic bags with food residue
    • Plastic bags with strings
    • Plastic soil or mulch bags
    • Plastic zipper bags with rigid plastic closing mechanism
    • Plastic bubble wrap
    • Plastic food containers
  • Plastic Recycling

    The "recycling symbol" on plastics as an indicator that the item is recyclable is a common misconception for many people. This number does not mean that the time can be recycled, rather it is used to denote the type of plastic the items is composed of. 

    The following guide will help you understand what types of items are made out of each type of plastic. Please note that this guide is not a definitive answer to what is and is not recycleable. It is only meant to educate on the different types of plastics and if they are generally recyclable or not.

     

    The best way to find out if a certain item is recyclable is to check with your specific hauler. You can find information about accepted materials of all Dakota County haulers here. 

     

  • Recycling After Home Renovations

    Recycling around the home has become easier than ever as more materials are being accepted by haulers and facilities. However, reusing or recycling parts of the home itself after a remodel isn't as easy as throwing it in your curbside bin. Luckily, there are resources in the metro county to reuse and recycle just about any part of the home including carpet, cabinets, insulation, roofing material and more! Check out the reuse and recycling opportunities list below for the names and numbers of locations near you. 

    infographic of home renovation waste

    Reuse opportunities

    For a item to be reused, it must be in excellent condition free of stains, rips or tears. Each reuse location will have specific standards that must be adhered to. Call ahead to see if your item will be accepted or email the locations with a photo of the item you wish to donate. 

    Habitat for Humanity Restore
    2700 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapoilis
    612-588-3820

    Accepts: Appliances, building materials, carpet, flooring, hardware, kitchen cabinets, paint, tools and other misc. items
    See full list of accepted items

    Better Futures MN
    2620 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis
    612-455-6133

    Accepts: Doors, cabinets, lighting, lumber, appliances, tiles and plumbing
    See a full list of accepted items

    Bridging MN
    201 W 87th St, Bloomington MN
    952-888-1105

    Accepts: Furniture, housewares, small appliances & electronics, mirrors, artwork and pictures
    See a full list of accepted items

    Recycling opportunities

    Dem-Con Companies
    13161 Dem-Con Drive, Shakopee MN
    952-445-5755

    Accepts: Asphalt, cabinets, carpet, concrete, fencing material, fiberboard, house wrap, molded fiberglass, pipe, plywood, roofing material, sheetrock, siding, treated wood and more
    See a full list of accepted items

    Randy's Sanitation
    12620 Vincent Ave S, Burnsville MN
    763-972-3335 

    Accepts: Appliances, construction material, bath tubs, pallets, sinks, toilets and more
    See a full list of accepted items 

  • Recycling FAQs

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  • Recycling Myths Debunked

    The recycling world is not immune to myths but don't let these rumors stop you from making a difference. We have compiled the biggest fibs and explained how they just aren't true. 

  • Reduce Food Waste

    According the National Resource Defense Council, the average American tosses 25% of the food they buy. That's like going to the grocery store, buying four bags of food, and leaving one in the parking lot. Food lost to the landfill also means wasted water to grow the food, wasted fuel to transport the food, wasted labor, wasted time, and wasted money.  

    Fortunately, there’s steps you can take to save the food.

    Check out these great resources to help you shop smarter, meal prep, freeze efficiently, and understand food labels: 

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    NEW! Print off these educational coloring pages and games! 

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

     

  • Repeat After Me: Bottles, Cans, Paper

    Recycling today seems more complicated than ever -- it's time to get Back to Basics.

  • Residential Guide

     Everything you need to know about recycling at home.

     

     

  • Resources and Rebates

    When it comes to energy efficiency, most local utility companies offer rebates or incentive programs of some kind for residents.  Below is a list of resources and links.

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.