How To Recycle Plastic Bags
Most plastic bags are made with materials that are recyclable, unfortunately this doesn’t mean they can go into your curbside bin. This includes grocery store plastic bags, zip lock bags, newspaper cover slips, bread loaf bags, and anything similar. Why? Because due to their size and shape, they end up clogging machines at recycling facilities. It just takes one bag to get caught and bring the entire operation to a halt, requiring an employee to remove the bag by hand; a time consuming, and possibly dangerous task.
So what do you do with them?
Most retail and grocery stores offer free plastic bag drop-off bins for guests to use. Just take them there on your next trip! All you need to do is make sure it’s clean and remove any rigid parts including zippers, firm handles, and/or string ties. And of course, always try to reduce first by only taking plastic bags if you really need them.
Stores that offer plastic bag recycling at all locations
Cub Foods, Target, Whole foods, Walmart (super-centers), Rainbow Foods
*Some locations of Lunds & Byerlys, JCPenny’s, and Lowe’s also offer plastic bag recycling
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I put my recyclables in a plastic bag to prevent machines from clogging-can it be recycled then?
Unfortunately no, the first step at many of these facilities is to sort the recyclables from any waste that might have found its way into the stream. If a recycling facility member sees a tied plastic bag, they most likely will assume its trash and throw it away.
What kind of plastic bags can’t go in curbside-is it just plastic grocery bags?
NO plastic bags (zip lock, grocery, film, newspaper slips, etc.) should go in curbside recycling. Take them to a retail location instead.
Do all recycling/trash companies have the same rules?
No, they do not. Some will accept things that others will not however, there are currently no haulers that accept plastic bags through curbside collection. Check out our curbside guide to see what your hauler collects!
I Love Burnsville Spring Collection Events
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 host 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!
I Love Burnsville Spring Drop-Off Event
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 bicycles will be accepted at this event.
Date: June 8, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Burnsville Maintenance Facility
13713 Frontier Ct, Burnsville MN 55337
Additional Details: Burnsville Residents only
ACCEPTED ITEMS for a fee (cash or check only):
- Appliances: washers, dryers and water heaters ($5)
- Computer monitors and televisions ($20-$45)
- Other residential electronic devices such as computer equipment, stereos and DVD players ($5)
ACCEPTED ITEMS for FREE
- Appliances: air conditioners, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, freezers, furnaces, microwaves, refrigerators, ovens, water softeners, and other misc. appliances
- Scrap metal including lawn, garden, and power tools; ALL FLUIDS MUST BE DRAINED
- Bicycles in any condition; will be refurbished and donated
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
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.
Curious about the other I Love Burnsville events? Click here for more information. Questions? Call the Burnsville Recycling Department (Dakota Valley Recycling) at 952-895-4511 or contact us via email.
Lakeville Ames Arena Recycles Organics
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 bins. Hockey players and fans alike will notice new green bins around the arena including in the concessions, restrooms and spectating areas.
To make it easier, the containers all have photos showing what can be thrown where, and all of the items in the concessions have been switched to BPI-Certified compostable products that can be placed in the green bin. Of course, cans and water bottles should continue to go in the traditional blue recycling bin and everything else such as chip bags and candy wrappers belongs in the black trash bin.
Organics recycling plays an essential role in keeping valuable materials out of landfills. Organics collected at the Ames Arena will be brought to a local organics recycling facility to be turned into compost, a valuable soil additive. Compost improves soil quality, reduces erosion, reduces greenhouse gases, and decreases the need for chemical fertilizers.
Be sure to check out the Ames Arena's ongoing efforts towards zero-waste on your next trip to the rink!