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.
Fix-it Clinics Coming Up in Dakota County
Have a broken item at home gathering dust? Come to a fix-it clinic where residents can bring up to 3 small items to be repaired or mended. Bring in small household electronics, clothing and more and receive free guided assistance to fix your items. Common items include coffee pots, fans, jewelry, and clothes with tears or holes.
Sunday, January 19, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Burnhaven Library, Burnsville
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Noon - 3:00 p.m.
Farmington Library, Farmington
Saturday, March 21, 2020 **CANCELED**
Noon - 3 p.m.
Robert Trail Library, Rosemount
Saturday, April 18, 2020 **CANCELED**
Noon - 3 p.m.
Central Square Community Center, South St. Paul
Saturday, May 16, 2020 **CANCELED**
Noon - 3 p.m.
Heritage Library, Lakeville
Want to share your skills with others looking to learn how to repair their items? Volunteer!
Green Your Holidays
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.