Reuse

  • The New Year is a time for resolutions that are made to bring about positive changes in your life. This year, make a difference in your community and start off the New Year right by adding some easy green resolutions to your list. Here are five ideas to help you get started:  scraping plate of food

    1. Reduce your food waste: 40% of food is currently being wasted in the United States. That means wasted resources, time, energy, and money. Reducing your food waste might be as easy as making smaller trips to the store with a clear list in mind, or just storing your food properly to make it last as long as possible. For more tips, visit our Reduce Your Food Waste Guide. 

    2. Reuse wfix-it clinic bannerith ease: Why buy something new when you can fix something you have for free? This year, resolve to attend a Dakota County Fix-It Clinic when you have something in need of repair. Clinics are offered every month in cities around Dakota County and you can bring up to five small household items such as torn clothing, broken vacuum cleaners, and more. 

    3. Recycle everything you can: This year, recycle more by using the hauler specific recycling guides found here. While you’re at it, make sure to recycle the things that can’t go in your curbside bin such as electronics by taking them to the Recycling Zone!

    4. Ditch the plastic: Approximately 50% of the plastic we use, we use once then throw away. Make 2018 the year you make a conscious effort to bring a reusable bag shopping and a reusable water bottle whenever possible. 

    5. Recycle your organics: Orgafood scrapsnic material such as food scraps and food-soiled paper don't have to end up in the landfill. Instead turn them into a rich soil  amendment by recycling them. Dakota County now has two free drop sites for your household organics. You can also resolve to backyard compost this year too! Find out how using our Backyard Composting Guide here

     

  • There are many reuse and donation opportunities for gently used clothing. 

    Consignment shops - the following businesses accept clothing for consignment:

    Clothes Mentor
    952-953-3835
    14629 County Road 11
    Burnsville, MN 55337

    Once Upon a Child
    952-432-8802
    1100 E. County Road 42
    Burnsville, MN 55337Clothing in donation box example

    Plato’s Closet
    952-431-8494
    14603 County Road 11
    Burnsville, MN 55337

    Second Tyme Around Fashions
    651-438-3863
    1745 North Frontage Road
    Hastings, MN

    Turn Style Consignment Store
    952-898-1042
    Cobblestone Court
    14150 Nicollet Ave. S.
    Burnsville, MN 55337

    Turn Style Consignment Store
    952-891-3331
    7367 179th St. W.
    Lakeville, MN

    Thrift stores and non-profits - the following accept clothing items as a donation:

    Arc Greater Twin Cities
    1650 White Bear Ave. N.
    St. Paul, MN 55106
    651-788-8300

    C.H.A.P. Thrift Store  
    952-890-8222
    2020 E. Highway 13
    Burnsville, MN 55337

    Courage Center
    763-520-06603
    3915 Golden Valley Road
    Minneapolis, MN 55422

    Dakota Woodlands
    651-456-9110
    3430 Wescott Woodlands
    Eagan, MN 55123

    Disabled American Veterans
    651-487-2002
    572 University Ave.
    St. Paul, MN

    Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
    651-287-2300

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

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

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

    Hastings Family Service
    651-437-7134
    121 E. Third St.
    Hastings, MN 55033

    Lupus Foundation of Minnesota  
    952-746-5151
    2626 E. 82nd St.
    Suite 135
    Bloomington, MN 55425

    Neighbors, Inc.  
    651-455-1508
    218 13th Ave S.
    South St. Paul, MN 55075

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

    Vietnam Veterans of America
    651-778-8387

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

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

  • Feel like you just have too much stuff cluttering up your home? It's easy to accumulate things, but getting organized might seem like an insurmountable task. Luckily, there are many resources for getting your unwanted things recycled and disposed of properly. View our downloadable Dive into Decluttering Guideand view the tips and locations below to get started. 

    Tips:

    • Set aside a small amount of time: Instead of trying to do it all at once, try to set obtainable goals to avoid getting overwhelmed. For example your goal may be "15 minutes a day sorting my office closet" or "1 hour a week cleaning the garage." 
    • Have three boxes: "Keep" "Donate/Disposal" and "Hold".  The "Hold" box is for things you think you want to get rid of, but you aren't sure.  Put the "Hold" box in a storage space (attic, closet or garage), and after 30 days, anything you haven't removed from the box probably isn't something you're actively using--and can be donated or recycled. 
    • Go digital: photos and home videos can be transferred to a digital format to go on your home computer.  Even things like play bills, ticket stubs and letters can be scanned in.
    • Take photos and move on: Collecting things can be fun, but evaluate if an old collection is taking up too much space. If you still have the collection of teddy bears from your childhood, consider taking a photo of the collection to remember it by, then donating the items for the next generation to enjoy.  Or, keep one of your favorites if you think you'd like to display it. 

    Know where to throw--
    resources for disposing of common unwanted items:

     Appliance recycling

    Appliances
    [must be recycled]

    Battery disposal 

    Batteries, such as alkaline, button, rechargable, or car batteries [recycle]

    Building materials

    Building materials, such as doors, cabinets, bathroom fixtures, flooring, etc [reusable] [no longer usable]

     Carpet recycling

    Carpet [recycle] [disposal]

     Clothing reuse

    Clothing [thrift or consign]

     

    Confidential Documents
    [shredding services]

     

    Christmas Lights [recycle]

    electric household item recycling 

    Electric items, such as vaccuums, toasters, hair dryers, etc [recycle]

     Electronics recycling

    Electronics, such as TVs, VCRs, computers, etc [must be recycled]

     furniture disposal

    Furniture
    [in good condition]
    [no longer usable]

    Household goods 

    Household goods, such as kitchenware, decor, etc [donate]

     HHW disposal

    Household hazardous waste, such as paint, cleaners, automotive fluids, etc [special disposal]

     Mattress recycling

    Mattresses
    [in good condition]
    [no longer usable]

    medication disposal 

    Medication [drop-off at police stations]

     Recyclables

    Recyclables
    [large quantities for drop-off]

     Scrap metal

    Scrap metal, such as metal weight sets, metal lawn furniture, metal car parts, etc [recycle]

     

    Shoes [reusable] [recycle]

     donation boxes

    Toys [reusable]

      

    For more information, or if you are interested in attending a Decluttering Workshop, call 952-895-4515 or email a DVR staff member 

  • Furniture in good condition can be donated to any of the following businesses to be resold and reused.  For furniture items no longer in good condition, call your garbage hauler for a one-time pick up (call for fees), or bring them to a landfill.

    Apple Valley

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

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

    Burnsville

    C.H.A.P. Thrift Store
    2020 E Hwy 13
    Burnsville, MN 55337
    952-890-8222

    stack of furnitureSalvation Army - Burnsville 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

    Eagan

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

    Other Dakota County Locations

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

  • 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

  • Mattresses and box springs are a bulky item in our waste stream and can be problematic because they are hard to move, clog up equipment, and are hard to compact in a landfill.  Fortunately, there are options for reusing and recycling old mattresses and box springs in the Twin Cities. 

    Reuse

    Mattresses and box springs aren't accepted at thrift stores, but they are accepted at a local nonprofit store in the Twin Cities. Bridging accepts donations of quality, gently used furniture and household goods (see list here) at their Bloomington location. You have the choice to bring your donations to their facility at no charge, or schedule a pick-up from your home for a fee ($75 for curbside pick up, $150 for in-home pick up). Bridging does not accept bed frames, headboards or footboards.

    Bridging
    201 W 87th St
    Bloomington, MN 55420 [map]
    952-888-1105
    www.Bridging.org
    M-Th 10am-6pm; F-Sa 9am-3pm

    Recycle

    Mattresses no longer in usable condition can be recycled. This option  is a way to recover and recycle materials like metal, wood and textiles. Call for drop-off hours and information on fees.

    Certified Recycling
    14305 Ewing Ave
    Burnsville, MN 55306
    952-894-1448
    www.certifiedrecycling.org

    Second Chance Recycling
    1179 15th Avenue SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    612-332-0664 ext. 14
    www.secondchancerecyclingmn.com

    J&J Recycling Center
    607 Barge Channel Road
    Saint Paul, MN 55107
    651-227-4457
    www.dumpsterrentalmn.com

    If recycling mattresses and box springs is not an option, ask the retailer that brings your new mattress if they offer disposal.  If they don't, call your licensed garbage hauler to schedule a pick-up (if you live in an apartment or are part of an association, find contact information for the licensed commercial haulers), or bring it to a landfill, both for a fee. 

  • The weather getting warmer not only means the beginning of summer, but also the beginning of summer break for school kids. With the school year ending, kids will be bringing home all of their work and supplies they have been using daily though out the year. Instead of throwing it in a drawer or closet and forgetting about it until August, consider taking note of their left over school supplies and deciding whether to reuse or recycle it now. This is a great way to decrease clutter in your home and potentially save you some time and money in August when you're getting ready to send them back to school. Any materials that are still in good condition should be kept for next year. Otherwise donating or recycling the old, worn-out supplies like markers, folders and binders, notebooks, and backpacks is the best option. Here are some tips on things to do with your old school and office supplies.

    Markers:

    Crayola has partnered with schools across North America to help kids understand the importance of protecting the environment and recycling. Crayola ColorCycle works with K-12 schools to collect all brands of colored markers, dry-erase board markers, and highlighters. Follow this link, Crayola Colorcycle, for more information and to see if your school participates.

    Notebooks:

    If you have notebooks that are completely used up, the paper inside can go in your normal recycling bin. You just need to remove the metal coil from the side. If your notebook came with a plastic cover, that needs to be thrown away as these types of plastics cannot be recycled. The metal coil can be recycled at a recycling center, such as The Recycling Zone, or can be re-purposed around the house for anything that needs bendable wire. For half-filled notebooks consider keeping them and using as scrap paper for notes or reminders around the house.

    Binders:

    TerraCycle, a recycling company that focuses on hard-to-recycle materials, has partnered with Office Depot to start a binder recycling campaign. Bring in your old, used office binders to Office Depot in exchange for a coupon for $2 off a new binder. Find more information here.

    Pens and Pencils:

    For old pens and pencils that still work, considering keeping them for next year. New ones won't work any better than used one, plus you will save money and teach your kids to value their possessions. However, if you have so many that you feel you still need to get rid of them, consider donating them to the Right to Write Campaign. Information about this campaign can be found here. Pens that are out of ink or broken cannot be recycled however and should be thrown in the trash.

    Crayons:

    More than half a million pounds of used crayons are discarded each year, turning into waxy sludge that never biodegrades in landfills. The Crayon Initiative collects used crayons from schools, restaurants, and homes to melt them down and re-manufacture them, reducing waste. More information and how to send in your crayons can be found here.

    Folders:

    When it comes to folders, ones that are completely made out of paper are the only type that can be recycled. Polypropylene (the plastic ones) and laminated folders have to be thrown away.

    Backpacks:

    If the backpack is still in good condition, try to get your child to use it for another year. If they have grown out of it, consider reusing the backpack for another purpose. Examples are a light travel bag, a first aid and safety supply bag for your car, or a reusable bag for groceries. If the backpack is worn out and beyond repair, try to find a materials recycling donation center.

     

    Once August rolls around and it’s time to buy your child’s school supplies again, consider opting for items that are recyclable or reusable. We often don’t think about a product’s entire life cycle when buying, leading to large amounts of items being thrown away after they are no longer of use to us. Try to purchase things like paper folders, composition notebooks or notebooks with recycled paper, pens and pencils that are refillable, and high quality backpacks and pencil cases that will last many school years.

     

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.