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March 08
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....
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 05
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...
February 22
A new year brought a few changes to ho w residents can recycle certain items. Dakota County no longer accepts plastic bags and packaging peanuts at The Recycling Zone in Eagan . As of Jan. 1, 2018...
January 04
The New Year is a time for resolutions that are made to bring about positive changes in your life. This year, make a difference in your community and start off the New Year right by adding some easy...
January 01
The recycling world is not immune to myths but don't let these rumors stop you from making a difference. We have compiled the biggest fibs and explained how they just aren't true. {slider Myth 1:...
December 06
Yo u may have seen new bins around your community featuring signs that say "organics only," but what does that mean? Organics recycling is the recycling of organic material - anything that was once...
November 14
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.
November 08
If you have ever caught yourself asking "can I recycle this?" -you're not alone. New technologies in recycling allow for more materials to go into the recycling bin, but it also makes recycling a...

Join the Plastic Free July Challenge! Plastic Free July Infographic

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 this growing problem by limiting your single use plastic by joining the Plastic Free July Challenge.

The Plastic Free July Challenge was started in 2011 by an Australian independent not-for-profit foundation. Their mission is to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling. It aims to raise awareness of your growing plastic waste problem and support behavior change by avoiding single-use (disposable) plastic. This is everything from straws, plastic water bottles, grocery bags, and coffee cups (yes, even coffee cups contain plastic). 

Join the over 2 million people across 159 different countries who are choosing to be part of the Plastic Free July Challenge! You can find more information and tips on how to go plastic free and register to be part of the challenge below.

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Sport’s events, picnics, walks surrounded by nature: what else is in our parks? Recycling! The parks departments in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan and Lakeville are rolling out recycling containers in some parks making it easier than ever to recycle when you’re away from home.

With assistance from Dakota County, the following parks have been chosen to be the first to receive new bins. In Apple Valley they are Quarry Point Park and Johnny Cake East and West. In Burnsville, you can find recycling bins at Cliff Fen Park, Lion's Skate Park and in ‘The Heart of the City’ at Nicollet Commons. In Eagan, you can discover recycling bins now available at Northview and Lexington-Diffley Parks. And in Lakeville you can find these bins at King, Quigley-Sime, Michaud and Aronson Parks. 

Help play a part in reducing the amount of material going to the landfill by recycling your bottles, cans and cardboard in the receptacles just like at home. To help you remember what is recyclable all the new bins now have labels with pictures to show you what is accepted. See for yourself at your next visit to the park.

Just remember, we don’t have to ‘trash’ our parks. Eat, play, have fun and then recycle. Let’s keep our parks healthy, it’s that easy!


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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 easy as throwing it in your curbside bin. Luckily, there are resources in the metro county to reuse and recycle just about any part of the home including carpet, cabinets, insulation, roofing material and more! Check out the reuse and recycling opportunities list below for the names and numbers of locations near you. 

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Reuse opportunities

For a item to be reused, it must be in excellent condition free of stains, rips or tears. Each reuse location will have specific standards that must be adhered to. Call ahead to see if your item will be accepted or email the locations with a photo of the item you wish to donate. 

Habitat for Humanity Restore
2700 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapoilis

Accepts: Appliances, building materials, carpet, flooring, hardware, kitchen cabinets, paint, tools and other misc. items
See full list of accepted items

Better Futures MN
2620 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis

Accepts: Doors, cabinets, lighting, lumber, appliances, tiles and plumbing
See a full list of accepted items

Bridging MN
201 W 87th St, Bloomington MN

Accepts: Furniture, housewares, small appliances & electronics, mirrors, artwork and pictures
See a full list of accepted items

Recycling opportunities

Dem-Con Companies
13161 Dem-Con Drive, Shakopee MN

Accepts: Asphalt, cabinets, carpet, concrete, fencing material, fiberboard, house wrap, molded fiberglass, pipe, plywood, roofing material, sheetrock, siding, treated wood and more
See a full list of accepted items

Randy's Sanitation
12620 Vincent Ave S, Burnsville MN

Accepts: Appliances, construction material, bath tubs, pallets, sinks, toilets and more
See a full list of accepted items 

Recycling at Cascade Bay

Cascade Bay Waterpark includes many fun-filled activities, making it a popular summer destination, and now there’s one more thing to get excited about – recycling! This year, Cascade Bay is introducing new, all-in-one trash and recycling containers that will make it easy for swimmers to discard items properly.

The waterpark also offers delicious snacks and cool drinks, many of which are served in recyclable materials. With the new recycling containers, all the recycle goes into one, single recycling stream. This means plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard can all be reused when placed into the recycling container. To make it even easier, the containers will also have labels with pictures to indicate which types of materials are accepted in the recycling.

By paying attention to the signs on the containers, guests can relax on the lazy river knowing they are doing their part to keep the Earth and all of its water clean and healthy!

 Written by Erin Bucki, 2017 Graduate, School of Environmental Studies (pictured)

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.