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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
Dakota County and the City of Burnsville are hosting their annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day on Saturday, Sept. 28th, 2019 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Burnsville Maintenance Facility....
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...

Starting August 1, Dakota County will charge a $10 fee to collect and recycle all types of televisions and computer monitors at The Recycling Zone. Residents will be able to pay with cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard.  

Dakota County has opened a new organics drop-site at Holland Lake Trailhead in Lebanon Hills. The drop site opened on November 3rd, 2017 and all Dakota County residents are welcome to sign up and participate in the program for free. For more information about the organics recycling program, go to www.co.dakota.mn.us and search organics drop off. 

How to Participate

1. Sign Up

Call 952-891-7557 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You'll receive a welcome kit with a free container label, compostable bags and details on what can and cannot go in the organics bin. You'll also receive the access code to enter the locked drop-off location. Anyone is welcome to participate, but the enclosure requires a code to prevent non-organic contamination. 

2. Start Collecting Organic Waste                                                        

You can use any container to collect organics such as:     

  • A small step containerBPI logo
  • A clean and empty ice cream bucket, coffee container, or other type of tub
  • A specially designed countertop organics container which can be purchased at local stores or online

Line your container with a paper bag or certified compostable bags which are provided to residents for free at the drop-site. If you decide to purchase your own bags, make suCedar Grove Logore they have the BPI or Cedar Grove Logo on the bag.          

When the bag is full, securely tie it closed and bring it to a drop-site near you. There are two locations in Dakota County Thompson County Park (360 Butler Ave, West St. Paul) or Lebanon Hills (opening November 3rd, Holland Lake Trailhead, 1100 Cliff Rd, Eagan).

Accepted items:

  • All food, food scraps, peels, pits, etc.
  • Coffee grounds, filters and teabags
  • Paper towels, napkins and tissues   Food Scraps
  • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Certified compostable products: Items with the BPI or Cedar Grove certified compostable logo on the product or packaging
  • Hair and fur
  • Popsicle sticks and toothpicks
  • Houseplant trimmings and flowers

Not accepted

  • Yard waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Pet waste, litter, or bedding
  • Fast food wrappers
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Microwave popcorn bags
  • Paper plates, bowls and cups without BPI or Cedar Grove certification
  • Single-serve coffee pods (i.e., K-Cups® )

 

Organics collected at these sites will be brought to a local organics recycling facility (The Mulch Store Specialized Environmental Technologies site) where it will be turned into compost; a nutrient-rich soil additive. Because the organics collected is brought to a commercial facility, meat, dairy, and bones are accepted among other food scrapes and napkins. Compost is beneficial because it improves soil quality, reduces erosion, and decreases the need for chemical fertilizers. Questions about this program? Visit the Dakota County webpage or call 952-891-7557. 

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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**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, Eagan, and Lakeville can drop off their pumpkins at Dakota Valley Recycling's annual pumpkin composting event. This year, the event will be held in two locations making it easier than ever to carve some time in your schedule and stop on by! 

Event details

Location 1:

Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Pkwy (southwest parking lot)
Date: Saturday, November 3rd
Time: 9:00 a.m- 1:00 p.m, or until dumpster capacity is reached

Location 2:

Lakeville Police Station
9237 183rd St, Lakeville MN
Date: Saturday and Sunday, November 3rd & 4th, or until dumpster capacity is reached
Time: All day

The event is FREE for all participants. In 2017, we collected 8 tons of pumpkins after Halloween. That's about the weight of two adult giraffes! Join us this year in shattering last year's record, and don't forget to bring your neighbor's pumpkin too! 

What happens to the pumpkins? 

All pumpkins are brought to the local Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Organics Recycling Facility where they will be turned into compost - a valuable soil additive. Compost improves soil quality, reduces erosion, reduces greenhouse gases, and decreases the need for chemical fertilizers. 

 

Questions about this event? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to send an email or call 952-895-4515

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.