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April 18
**NOTE: The details below are for the previous year's collection. Check back in March for 2020 details.** Dakota County and the City of Lakeville are hosting their annual Household Hazardous Waste...
April 18
America 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....
April 18
Instead of throwing Mr. Jack-o-Lantern in the trash, residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, and Lakeville can drop off their pumpkins at Dakota Valley Recycling's annual pumpkin composting...
April 18
**NOTE: The details below are for the previous year's collection. Check back in August for 2020 details.** Dakota County and the City of Burnsville are hosting their annual Household Hazardous Waste...
April 11
Disposal and recycling of large, bulky items is made easier than ever during annual spring collection events! This year, in coordination with the I Love Burnsville Week, the city of Burnsville will...
April 11
It's that time of year again for Burnsville's annual curbside collection week. This year, Certified Recycling and Buckingham Companies will be doing a curbside pick-up of bulky items, appliances, &...
March 08
**This event has passed for 2019. 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...
September 01
**NOTE: The details below are for the previous year's collection. Check back in August for 2020 details.** Event Details Date: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: Family...
August 02
1. Contact Lenses Through a program sponsored by Bausch + Lomb and TerraCycle, you can send in your used contact blister packs, top foil, and contact lenses to be recycled. Simply place any of these...
August 01
Coming to a Park Near You Sports tournaments, picnics, walks, playgrounds, nature: what else is in our parks? Recycling! The parks department in Burnsville is excited to announce the introduction of...
July 26
Whether it has been recycled or is just sitting in a landfill, nearly every piece of plastic ever created still exists in some form. The fraction of plastic that does get recycled is shockingly low,...
July 06
As more and more people turn to composting as a way to reduce their environmental impact, we are faced with a dilemma: is composting always better when it comes to paper? You may have heard that...
July 03
Join the Plastic Free July Challenge! By now you are probably aware of the extremely hazardous effects single-use plastics have on our environment and ecosystems once they are disposed of. Help ease...
June 12
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...
June 11
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...
June 06
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...
April 02
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...
March 22
The Lakeville Ames Arena is aiming for a new goal: zero waste. The Arena's new waste system provides three options for disposing waste including traditional recycling, trash, and green organics...

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.No Flush InfographicWipes in Trash Infographic

You can find a video from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency about how disposable wipes differ from toilet paper when flushed below.

 

**This event has passed for 2019. 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).**

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.

Details: 

Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2019Shredded Paper
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.

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.  

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.

 

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.