Reuse

  • Building & Construction Materials

    The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a retail outlet where new, surplus and like new building materials are sold below retail prices.  The ReStore operates exclusively on donated products and is able to provide significant discounts to the public. 

    If you have used or new building products and construction materials that are still in good condition, consider donating to ReStore to be reused, instead of throwing them away where they will sit in a landfill or get burned in the incinerator.  Or, if you are looking for some items for your home, take a look at what they are selling instead of buying new; not only will you save money but you'll save resoures too!

    The inventory at the ReStore often changes, but some products are usually always welcome as donations or available for purchase:

    • stack of interior and exterior doorsWindows
    • Doors (Exterior and Interior)
    • Carpet
    • Ceramic Tile
    • Laminate, Wood and Vinyl Flooring
    • Cabinets
    • Vanities
    • Assorted Hardware Products
    • Toilets
    • Sinks

    Call for more information on products: 612-588-3820.

  • Clothing Donation Sites

    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

  • Declutter Your Home

    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, you have many resources for getting your unwanted things recycled and disposed of properly.

    Tips:

    • donation boxesSet aside a small amount of time to declutter rather than trying to do a marathon session--to avoid getting overwhelmed.  Try a goal of "spend 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 disposed of.
    • 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 of collections, then move them 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 [disposal]

    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 [special 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

    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 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

  • Mattresses

    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.certifiedappliance.com

    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. 

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.