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.
DVR Summer Collection Events
Disposal and recycling of large, bulky items is made easier than ever during annual spring collection events! This year, Dakota Valley Recycling is hosting a number of opportunities for Burnsville residents to dispose of unwanted items in a convenient, low-cost manner. In addition, residents of Burnsville will receive a "Bulky Item Landfill Coupon" in the Spring newsletter. Click the options below to learn more about the collection events!
DVR Summer Drop-off Event
This year, Dakota Valley Recycling is hosting their first annual Summer Drop-off Event on Saturday, June 6, 2020. The event (formerly known as the I Love Burnsville Drop-off Event) is now open to all residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan and Lakeville. Appliances, electronics, scrap metal, bicycles, and confidential documents will be accepted at this event.
Date: June 6, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Burnsville Maintenance Facility
13713 Frontier Ct, Burnsville MN 55337
Additional Details: Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan and Lakeville residents only
ACCEPTED ITEMS for a fee (cash or check only):
- All Appliances: washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, microwaves, water heaters and other misc. appliances ($10/each)
- Computer monitors and televisions ($20-$45, depending on size)
- Other residential electronic devices such as computer equipment, stereos and DVD players ($5/each)
- Power equipment: snowblowers, lawn mowers, weep whips, etc. ($10/each) ALL FLUIDS MUST BE DRAINED
ACCEPTED ITEMS for FREE
- Scrap metal - free of wood/plastic debris
- Bicycles in any condition; will be refurbished and donated
- Confidential documents for shredding - limit to four paper bags or small boxes per vehicle
Items NOT accepted at this event: Mattresses and box springs, hazardous waste (aerosols, batteries, cleaners, paint, light bulbs, pesticides, etc.), furniture including futons, air mattresses, construction/demolition materials, vacuum cleaners, or tires.
How to prepare appliances, electronics, and scrap metal for the drop-off event:
- Remove all batteries from electronics
- Drain all fluids from scrap metal
- Put similar materials together in trunk/trailer of vehicle and remove all other items from trunk/trailer
Burnsville residents: If you are unable to participate on this date, see the Curbside Collection Week opportunity, or click the item in the list below for other disposal options.
Questions? Call the Dakota Valley Recycling at 952-895-4511 or contact us via email.
Eagan Shred Event
**Rescheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Cascade Bay**
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, October 3, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Cascade Bay Parking Lot
1360 Civic Center Dr., 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.