Disposable wipes, used for changing baby diapers, personal hygiene, household cleaning, and more, are causing major issues for cities wastewater treatment stations. Although labeled ‘flushable’ or ‘septic safe’ these wipes do not break down the same way as toilet paper does. When flushed, these wipes catch on any imperfection in the sewer pipes, like debris or grease deposits, which creases a dam that grows in size until it fully clogs the pipes. These clogs put stress on community waste water collection and treatment systems, causing premature equipment repair and replacement. They can even lead to backups into homeowner’s basement. Clogs and backups are becoming more prevalent as ‘flushable’ wipes use increases. Luckily, there is a simple solution – throw them in the trash. Even though they may be labeled as ‘flushable’ or ‘septic safe,’ this is not a wastewater treatment endorsed term, all wipes belong in the trash.
You can find a video from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency about how disposable wipes differ from toilet paper when flushed below.
Eagan Shred Event
Need to get rid of sensitive documents? Attend Dakota Valley Recycling's Shred Event at the Eagan Community Center! The event is open to residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, and Lakeville. The event is free and shredding will occur on-site.
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Eagan Community Center Parking Lot
1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121
Cost: FREE (limit to four paper bags or small boxes per vehicle)
Open to residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan and Lakeville. For more recycling events in other Dakota County cities, view the Dakota County Green Guide and click Recycling Events.
NO business waste including from home-based businesses.
How to Prepare for your documents for destruction:
- You may leave staples and paper clips on items before destruction. Large metal binder clips and three ring binders should be removed
- You may bring items in paper bag for easier handling. A plastic bag or cardboard box is fine too, but be prepared to dump items from plastic bag into cart.
Paperwork with confidential information should be shredded to prevent the possibility of identity theft but not all documents need to be shredded. In fact, shredded paper wears down the fibers making it more difficult to recycle. With that in mind, please shred only what you need to, and recycle the rest.
Can't make it to our shredding event? Check out our Document Destruction Guide to find locations to bring documents, or visit the Dakota County Green Guide to see a list of shredding events throughout the county (under Recycling Events). For more information on this event please call the Recycling Hotline at 952-895-4559.
Event and Party Recycling Resources
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.
If you live in Apple Valley, Burnsville, 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
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.
Fats, Oils, and Greases
What is FOG?
FOG is the fats, oils, and greases that are a by-product of cooking. FOG is found in meat fats, lard, cooking oil, shortening, butter/margarine, food scraps, baking goods, sauces, and dairy products.
Why is FOG important?
It is important to keep FOG out of our sewer system, as it is currently the number one cause of sewer blockages in homes. If poured down the drain or toilet, FOG can adhere and thicken on pipe walls. The buildup can restrict or completely block pipes, inhibiting flow. This can lead to rancid orders and sewer backups in basements, roadways, and water bodies. These overflows are not only expensive and messy, but are hazardous to the environment and can also severely damage property.
How to properly dispose of FOG
To properly dispose of fats, oils, and greases, the best way is to pour cooled cooking oil, poultry and meat fats into a sealed non-recyclable container and discard it with your normal garbage. Then use paper towels to wipe residual oil or grease off pots, pans, and dishes before washing them. If you have large quantities of cooking oil (like from a deep fryer), you can bring them to The Recycling Zone to drop off for free.