Reel into Recycling
Monofilament is a common type of fishing line made out of strong, yet flexible plastic, that is usually clear or slightly tinted. The line is not biodegradable and can cause devastating problems to aquatic and marine wildlife if not disposed of properly. Birds and wildlife are not able to see the line and can easily become tangled in it, often dying as a result.
Can you recycle fishing line?
Yes! Thanks to a local Eagle Scout, you can now recycle your monofilament line at numerous Lakes and parks in Dakota County. Do your part to help protect Minnesota’s natural resources and loved lakes by recycling on the go!
Where can you recycle fishing line?
In Apple Valley, you can find these monofilament recycling boxes at the wood post at Cobblestone lake and the wood pier at Lac Lavon Park.
In Eagan, you can find these boxes at the pier of Blackhawk Park, the metal pole and the pier of Carlson lake Park, the pier at Heine Pond Park, the Pier at Thomas Lake Park, the fence at the cluvert of Blackhawk Park, the wood post at Fish Lake Park, and the metal pole at Holz Lake.
In Burnsville you can find these boxes at the pier of Wood Pond Park and the pier at Crystal Lake.
How is monofilament recycled?
The line is collected from the drop-off bin and all non-plastic and non-recyclable parts are removed. It is then brought to a Berkly recycling facility where the line is melted down into hard plastic pellets that can be made into other products including fish habitat crates, tackle boxes, fish tank toys, and more! Since 1990, Berkley has recycled over 9 million miles of fishing line and helped save our natural resources.
Top 10 In The Bin
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 little confusing. To help answer the question- "can I recycle this?"- three national organizations teamed up to unify and simplify the recycling message by creating the program "Top 10 in the Bin." These organizations include Keep America Beautiful, the National Waste and Recycling Association, and the Solid Waste Association of North America. To see a more detailed recycling list that is specific to your hauler in Dakota County, visit our curbside recycling guide here.
To download the Top 10 In The Bin poster for free visit americarecyclesday.org
What is Organics Recycling?
You 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 alive- into compost, a special soil amendment. Composting happens naturally and requires very little energy input. Organics recycling plays a key role in keeping valuable materials out of landfills and doing it correctly will help Minnesota reach its 75% recycling goal.
What can go in the organics bin?
About 30% of what we usually throw away is actually organics including food scraps and food-soiled paper products.
See a detailed list of acceptable and unacceptable items.
I backyard compost- is this different?
The organics recycling you see in your community is different than backyard composting because the organics are brought to a specialized recycling facility. This facility will line up the organics in windrows which creates more heat than you would find in your backyard. Because of this, things such as bones, meat, and paper-products can go in these bins.
Is composting the best solution to our waste problem?
First and foremost, waste should always be reduced. If that is not possible, reusing is the next best thing. Only if we cannot reduce and reuse should we recycle or compost. Of course if the item is not recyclable or compostable such as but not limited to chip bags, Styrofoam©, and/or pet waste, then it must go in the trash. Reducing is especially important when it comes to buying food. Currently, in the United States, we are wasting as much as 40% of all of our food. Although composting is a great solution to preventing food scraps from entering the landfill, it is not the best solution to the food waste problem. For tips and tricks to reduce your food waste visit our Reduce Your Wasted Food Guide here.
How does it work?
Composting is a natural process. Follow the arrows below to see what happens to items you put in the organics bin!
What to do with cartons?
You may know to recycle common household materials such as glass, aluminum cans, paper and plastic, but do you know what to do with cartons?
Cartons are type of packaging for food and beverage products you can purchase at the store. They are easy to recognize, but they are causing some confusion among consumers when it comes to proper disposal.
Are Cartons Recyclable?
Yes! Cartons are mostly composed of extremely valuable paper fiber, along with thin layers of polyethylene (plastic) and, in some cases, aluminum.
Where Can I Recycle My Cartons?
Carton recycling depends on the haulers in your community. In Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, and Lakeville all haulers accept cartons in the curbside recycling bins. To learn if other communities accept cartons for recycling, please visit www.RecycleCartons.com.