Seasonal

  • The following events take place annually in cities around Dakota County. Check our updates and events page for more details on upcoming collection events. 

    City of Burnsville Spring Collection Event

    The City of Burnsville hosts a one day spring Appliance & Electronic Collection Event. This event takes place during the "I Love Burnsville" week, usually at the end of May or the beginning of June. The event takes place at the City of Burnsville Maintenance Center (13713 Frontier Court) from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The items accepted at this event may vary from year to year and may have fees associated with them. They typically include:

    • Appliances such as washers/dryers, hot water heaters, garbage disposals, trash compactors, ranges/stoves, air conditioners, heat pumps, refrigerators/freezers, furnaces, microwaves, dehumidifiers, and dishwashers
    • Electronics such as TVs, VCRs, Computers/computer equipment, stereos, cell phones, digital cameras, fax equipment, and electronic games
    • Scrap metal
    • Bicycles
    • Mattresses

    City of Burnsville & Dakota County Fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

    Hazardous waste is any waste material that can cause serious illness, a threat to human health or harm to the environment if improperly stored, transported or disposed. The City of Burnsville & Dakota County hosts a one day Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in the fall of each year for residents to dispose of their hazardous waste. The event takes place at the City of Burnsville Maintenance Facility (13713 Frontier Court) from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All Dakota County Residents are welcome to participate in this event. The items accepted at this event may vary from year to year and may have fees associated with them. They typically include:

    • Household hazardous waste such as aerosols, antifreeze, batteries, cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, gasoline or other fuels, lawn and garden products, mercury thermometers, oil, paint—latex or oil, paint thinner, pesticides, propane tanks/gas cylinders, and thermometers, thermostats
    • Tires (please separate rims if possible)
    • Electronics
    • Scrap Metal
    • Bicycles
    • Appliances
    • Document destruction (documents confidentially destroyed on-site by a certified shredding company)

    City of Lakeville & Dakota County Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

    Hazardous waste is any waste material that can cause serious illness, a threat to human health or harm to the environment if improperly stored, transported or disposed. The City of Lakeville & Dakota County hosts a one day Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in the Spring of each year for residents to dispose of their hazardous waste. The event takes place at the City of Lakeville Central Maintenance Facility (CMF) located at 7570 179th St. W. from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All Dakota County Residents are welcome to participate in this event. The items accepted at this event may vary from year to year and may have fees associated with them. They typically include:

    • Household hazardous waste such as aerosols, antifreeze, batteries, cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, gasoline or other fuels, lawn and garden products, mercury thermometers, oil, paint—latex or oil, paint thinner, pesticides, propane tanks/gas cylinders, and thermometers, thermostats
    • Electronics
    • Appliances
    • Document destruction (documents confidentially destroyed on-site by a certified shredding company)

    Tips for drop-off days

    • Coordinate with your neighbors or friends to load up one vehicle to deliver items to the drop-off day in order to reduce wait times.
    • Do not step out of your vehicle during drop-off days for your safety. 
    • Do not pack batteries and bulbs together. Separating them will reduce likelihood of breakage and prevent hazardous spills. 
    • Consider donation before recycling whenever possible by using the Dakota County Reuse Guide.
    • Dakota County residents may attend any of the Dakota County drop-off days happening throughout the year. Paper shredding is often offered at all drop-off day events. To find other events, visit the Dakota County Green Guideand click Recycling Events
  • Make your next event or gathering a green one! Dakota Valley Recycling can help you plan a low-waste event by providing free resources to residents and event planners. View the following guides to get started.

    Free Guides

    1. Planning a low waste event

    2. Reduce your waste guide for vendors

    3. Vendors that sell compostable products

    Borrow Supplies

    If you live in Apple Valley, BurnsvX-Frame Set-Upille, Eagan, or Lakeville, Dakota Valley Recycling also has free and easy to use recycling resources for your event including: 

    • Portable recycling, organics, and trash stations
    • Signs and banners
    • Bags and litter grabbers

    Contact Jackson Becker by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or by phone (952-895-4511) to reserve equipment. Please note that for larger events requiring 10 or more frames/stations, we will direct you to use Dakota County resources

    Set up disposal

    In order to recycle what you collect, you will have to arrange for a pick up service through a licensed hauler. For a list of licensed commercial haulers, visit our hauler guide here

    If you collected organics during your event including food and compostable products, you must arrange a separate pick-up for the material to go to a commercial organics recycling site. You may set that service up with your selected hauler. If food and food scraps only were collected, you may place that in a backyard composter.

    If you collected any hazardous materials during your event including but not limited to paints, cleaners, fuels, and most products labeled dangerous, flammable, combustible, poisonous, or corrosive, you will need to bring these items to The Recycling Zone in Eagan. Residents are able to drop off hazardous waste for free during open business hours.  

  • Did you know that the volume of trash generally increases by 25% between Thanksgiving and New Years? Help reduce that waste with some easy reducing and recycling holiday tips. 

  • Burnsville Shoe Recycling 2016America Recycles Day (November 15) is a nationally recognized day started by Keep America Beautiful dedicated to encouraging individuals and organizations alike to recycle and buy recycled products. Since 2008, Dakota Valley Recycling has held a shoe recycling collection event for a whole week in November to celebrate recycling. This year, Dakota Valley Recycling is working with Wear Ever, a local company that collects textiles to be reused or recycled. 

    Where and when can you drop off shoes?

    The event will take place the week of November 12th-18th, 2018

    Burnsville Ice Center
    251 Civic Center Pkwy
    Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

    Eagan Civic Arena
    3870 Pilot Knob Rd
    Hours: 7:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.

    Apple Valley Community Center
    14603 Hayes Rd
    Bins will be outdoors and open 24/7

    Lakeville Ames Arena
    19900 Ipava Ave
    Hours: 3:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.

    What happens to the shoes collected?

    Shoes in good condition will be cleaned up and reused by giving to those in need. Shoes that are no longer in good condition will be separated and the parts such as rubber and textiles will be recycled. 

    Last years results

    Last year we collected a total of 5.9 tons of shoes! 2.5 MORE tons than 2017!

    That's equivalent to the weight of an adult Asian Elephant,

    Or the weight of 23 fully grown pigs

    Let's work to make 2018 a record year for recycling. For resources on where to bring textiles year round visit www.co.dakota.mn.us/and search Donate Your Stuff. For questions about this event, call the Dakota Valley Recycling Hotline at 952-895-4559 

     

  • This years' annual shoe recycling event has come and gone but with it came a new recycling record! In just one week with the help of Dakota County residents and the local textile recyclers, WearEver, we collected 11,883 pounds of shoes to be reused or recycled. 

    That's the equal to the weight of... 

    2 full grown giraffes! 

    Or 8 cows! 

    What happens to the shoes?

    The shoes considered to be in good condition will be reused, and those that are in poor condition will be recycled into different parts. Many recycled shoes turn into running tracks or playground materials! Dakota Valley Recycling would like to extend a huge thank you to all who participated in making this year a record breaking year, and for nearly doubling the amount of shoes collected from last year. Since 2012, we have kept over 78,000 pounds of shoes from entering the landfill. We can't wait to see what's in store for next year! 

  • For years, doctors have told people to stick to a low-salt diet.  According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), our waters should follow the same advice.icy sidewalk in the winter

    When snow and ice start to accumulate on Minnesota roads, parking lots, and sidewalks, one of the more common reactions is to apply salt, which contains chloride--a water pollutant.  When snow and ice melt, most of the salt goes with it, washing into our lakes, streams and rivers.  Once in the water, there’s no way to remove the chloride, and it becomes a pollutant.

    According to Brooke Asleson, MPCA project manager for the Twin Cities Metro Area Chloride Project, “salt is a real threat to water quality.  It only takes one teaspoon of road salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water.  We are trying to spread the word that less is more when it comes to applying salt because at high concentrations, chloride can harm the fish and plant life in our waters.”

    Check out the MPCA's video on winter sidewalk and driveway maintenance, with tips on types of salt, when to use it and how much to use:

    Here are some ways for homeowners to reduce salt use while still making sure your sidewalk and driveway is safe:

    • Shovel.  The more snow and ice you remove manually, the less salt you will have to use and the more effective it can be.  Break up ice with an ice scraper and decide if application of a de-icer or sand is even necessary to maintain traction.
    • More salt does not mean more melting.  Use less than four pounds of salt per 1,000 square feet (an average parking space is about 150 square feet).  One pound of salt is approximately a heaping 12-ounce coffee mug.
    • 15 degrees is too cold for salt to work.  Most salts stop working around this temperature.  Instead, use sand for traction.
    • Sweep up extra salt.  If salt or sand is visible on dry pavement, it is no longer doing any work and will be washed away.

    To learn more about what you can to reduce chloride in our waters, visit the agency’s Twin Cities Metro Area Chloride Project webpage.

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.