Ames Center Begins Recycling Organics
The Burnsville Ames Center continues to "wow the crowds" with its newest venture: organics recycling. Guests at the Ames Center may notice the new, brightly colored bins around the venue that feature traditional recycling, trash, and a special spot just for organic waste.
To make recycling easier, the new containers have labels showing what can be thrown where, and most of the items in the concession/bar have been switched to BPI-Certified compostable alternatives. While bottles, cans and paper handouts can continue to go in the regular blue recycling bin, things such as cups, plastic forks, napkins, apple cores, and most food containers can go into the green organics bin. Other items such as candy wrappers or chip bags should still go in the trash.
Many of these new BPI-Certified compostable items are made of a plant based plastic and look like they could go in the recycling bin. However, in order for them to be turned into compost, they will need to go in the green bin with other compostable items. If you are unsure if the item you purchased is compostable, check the item for the BPI Logo or just ask any staff member at the Ames Center.
Organics recycling plays an essential role in keeping valuable materials out of landfills. Organics collected at the Ames Center 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.
So, next time you’re at the Ames Center, grab an ice cold refreshment and make to sure throw the whole cup in the green bin when you’re done- straw too!
Apple Valley Clean-Up Day
**NOTE: The details below are for the previous year's collection. Check back in August for 2020 details.**
Date: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Family Aquatic Center, 14421 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Apple Valley
For Apple Valley Residents ONLY. Must show proof of residence.
- Appliances: $15/item
Car: $5 each; Semi: $10 each, Tractor: $25 each
- Scrap metal: $7-$10/item
- Mattress and box springs
$25 each ($10 for baby mattresses)
Recliners, sofas, love seats: $15
Pull-out sofas: $25
Wooden chairs: $5
- Carpet and padding: $1/square yard
- Home remodeling debris: $50/pickup load
- Miscellaneous: $35-$50 (based on volume)
- Document destruction: FREE
Cash or check payable to City of Apple Valley
- Paint, cleaners, pesticides*
- Other household hazardous waste*
- Fluorescent bulbs*
- Motor oil/filters*
- Car batteries*
*These items are accepted at the Burnsville Hazardous Waste Collection also on Sept. 29, or year round at The Recycling Zone
- Any yard waste
- Business waste
- Railroad ties and treated lumber
For more information about the drop-off event, or questions about recycling items not accepted at this event, contact Dakota Valley Recycling at 952-895-4559.
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Burnsville Curbside Collection Week
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, & electronics for a discounted, per-item fee. Make sure to call Certified or Buckingham directly to schedule a pick-up for the week of June 8th and arrange payment.
Collection Week: June 8-12, during your normal garbage collection day
To schedule pick-up: Residents must call Certified or Buckingham directly and mention the Burnsville Curbside Collection to receive the reduced rate.
Certified Recycling: 952-894-1448
Buckingham Companies: 952-226-6441
|NOTE: Pickup will be on the same day as weekly garbage collection. Items can only be left out on the DAY OF scheduled pickup.|
Items accepted (call for fees):
- Appliances such as air conditioner, microwave, refrigerator/freezer, stove/oven, water heater, washer, dryer, dehumidifier, water softener
- Electronics: Computer set; Computer monitor; Computer keyboard; Printer/Copier
- Televisions (fees vary by size)
- Mattresses, box springs, bed frames (metal only)
- Exercise equipment (stationary bicycles, treadmills)
- Gas grills; Lawn mowers; Snow blowers; Leaf blowers/weed trimmers
- Patio Doors; Storm/interior doors