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April 18
Dakota County and the City of Lakeville are hosting their annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Lakeville Central Maintenance...
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
**NOTE: The details below are for the previous year's collection. Check back later for 2019 details.** Instead of throwing Mr. Jack-o-Lantern in the trash, residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville,...
April 18
**NOTE: The details below are for the previous year's collection. Check back in August for 2019 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, &...
September 01
**NOTE: The details below are for the previous year's collection. Check back in August for 2019 details.** Event Details Date: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 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...
March 14
This year, in coordination with the I Love Burnsville Week, the City of Burnsville will be hosting their annual residential drop-off day on June 8, 2019. Appliances, electronics, scrap metal, and...

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. 


Don’t know what to do with those old or non-working holiday lights? Making the switch to energy efficient LED holiday lights? Recycle your old lights with Pro-Act's holiday light recycling program!

Pro-Act is non-profit organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities and other barriers to employment and community inclusion. Among Pro-Act's many services is a one-of-a-kind statewide holiday light recycling program in Minnesota. Residents can drop-off their unwanted light strands at participating locations during the holiday season starting November 15 and running through the end of January.  In addition, there are several locations around the Twin Cities metro that serve as year-round drop-off locations, including the Dakota County Recycling Zone in Eagan.

(Nov 15-Jan 31 only)

Did you know that aluminum foil and trays are 100% recyclable? In fact, they are just as recyclable as aluminum cans! The problem is, not all recycling centers accept foil and trays due to the fact that they often contain food waste which can contaminate collection. This leads to a reusable material ending up in a landfill where it takes about 400 years to break down.

From lithium ion to alkaline to zinc-carbon, there are many different types of batteries that you may encounter every day in your home. But do you know what to do with them?

In many cases, you are able to bring your batteries directly back to the retailer. In Dakota County this includes but is not limited to: Target, Walmart, Home Depot, all car parts stores, Best Buy, RadioShack, Sams Club, Staples, Batteries Plus, and Lowe's. 

Lithium Ion  Lithium Ion Battery

Also known as a rechargeable battery, these batteries have become extremely common due to their convenience and cost savings. However, they do contain hazardous materials and are illegal to dispose of in your household garbage bin. Instead, place tape over the terminals and bring them to a retailer or the recycling zone to dispose of them for free.

Alkaline Alkaline Battery

Alkaline batteries are another very common household battery and come in many shapes, colors and sizes. Perhaps the common is the gold and black battery with the word “alkaline” written somewhere on the battery. These types of batteries can be disposed of in your household garbage bin, but they do contain valuable materials so it is better to bring them to The Recycling Zone to be recycled. These batteries are not accepted in your curbside recycling bin because they are too small and often get lost in the process or fall through the cracks in the materials recycling facility. When it comes to batteries, if in doubt- bring it to The Recycling Zone.

Car Batteries    Car Battery

Automotive batteries, also commonly referred to as lead-acid batteries, are large square lead blocks. These batteries are a type of lithium ion batteries and are illegal to dispose of in your household garbage bin. Instead, you can recycle them at your local automotive store, or take them to The Recycling Zone in Dakota County. 

Nickel-Cadmium Batteries      Nickel Cadmium Battery

Nickel-cadmium batteries are another type of rechargeable battery that uses nickel oxide hydroxide and metallic cadmium instead of lithium. These batteries are also illegal to throw away in your household garbage and must be disposed of responsibly either through a retail store or by bringing them into The Recycling Zone.   

The Recycling Zone

3365 Dodd Road (South Highway 149)
Eagan, MN 55121
651-905-4520

For more information about materials accepted and hours, visit our Recycling Zone guide. 

Battery Handling Tips

  • Store batteries in a vented plastic bucket or sturdy cardboard box away from light bulbs and other breakable items
  • Tape the terminals with electrical or plastic tape to prevent short circuiting
  • Older batteries may rust and leak. If a battery appears to be dirty or have a film around the terminals, use caution and do not touch the areas leaking. 
  • Always wash your hands after handling batteries or use gloves to prevent touching hazardous materials

 

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.