The City of Burnsville has ordinances regarding waste and recycling.  Below is a list of some of the more commonly asked about ordinances.

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Burnsville Waste and Recycling City Ordinances

1) Every household and commercial/industrial establishment in the city must be under a contract for the collection of garbage and refuse with a licensed garbage hauler.  A household in a multidwelling property is considered to be under a garbage collection contract if the owner, association, or management entity has a contract with a licensed garbage hauler.

2) A household or commercial/industrial establishment may be exempt from the requirement to be under a garbage and refuse contract if the household or commercial/industrial establishment hauls garbage or refuse from their own residence or business property and complies with the following standards:
a) Garbage is hauled in a timely manner such that it does not accumulate and become a "nuisance";
b) Garbage is hauled in containers equipped with tightfitting covers and which are also watertight on all sides and the bottom;
c) Refuse and recyclables are hauled in a manner that prevents leakage or any possibility of a loss of cargo;
d) Garbage and refuse are only dumped or unloaded at designated sanitary landfills, municipal solid waste composting facility, resource recovery facility or other facilities authorized by Dakota County;
e) Recyclables are only dumped or unloaded at a recycling facility, an organized recycling drive, or through licensed collectors;
f) Yard waste is privately composted, or is only dumped or unloaded at a composting facility authorized by Dakota County, or through a licensed collector.

3) All residents of multiple dwelling properties must have an opportunity to recycle.  Owners, associations, or other management entities of any multiple/residential dwelling properties must provide the opportunity to recycle on the property.  The recycling opportunity must include the collection of all "targeted recyclables" (cans, bottles, paper, etc.).

4) Each licensed collector must provide all of its customers with the opportunity for the weekly collection of mixed municipal solid waste. 

5) Each licensed collector must provide its residential customers, including residents of multi-family dwellings, with an opportunity to recycle through collection of "targeted recyclables" in an adequately sized recycling container at least biweekly. 

Day Specific Residential Hauling Zones:

6) Individual residential collection shall be on the specific day of the week as identified on the day specific hauling map.  Commingled commercial/residential collection is exempt from the day specific hauling map.

View the Day Specific Residential Hauling Zones Map (PDF)

7) No collections of mixed municipal solid waste and/or recyclable materials shall be made except between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in residential use areas or areas adjoining or accross the street from residential use areas. 

(Title 4, Chapter 9, Section 4-8-3-5)

8) All exterior property and premises, and the interior of every structure, shall be free from any excessive accumulation of rubbish or garbage.

9) Every occupant of a structure shall dispose of all rubbish in a clean and sanitary manner by placing such rubbish in approved containers.

10) If allowed in the zoning district where the property is located, all exterior garbage and recycling containers must be screened by opaque screening.

11) Appliances, furniture and similar items must not be left outside for collection and disposal for more than 72 hours before they are collected.


12) Every householder or owner, occupant, or tenant of any premises who composts shall do so in an environmentally sound manner and shall meet the following standards:
a) Compostable materials shall be placed within a container of durable material including, but not limited to, wire fencing, rot resistant wood, or brick, or a commercially manufactured container designed for composting.  Containers must be maintained in a sound condition and must be capable of securing all compostable material.
b) Compost containers must be located entirely on the owner's property.  The sturcture shall not be located within the front yard and must not be located wihtin 5 feet of a side or rear lot line, or within 20 feet of a pond, lake, river, swale, or ditch.
c) A compost container shall not exceed 30 square feet in area on lots less than 9000 square feet and must not exceed 50 square feet in area of 9000 feet or more.  Unless the composting structure is a commercial product particularly manufactured for composting purposes, the height of the container and the compostable material stored in the container shall not exceed 5 feet.
d) Compost containers and compostable materials must be maintained so as not to create odors, rodent harborage, or a fire hazard.  Compost must be turned over and mixed within the container in order to keep the material aerated, to minimize odor generation and promote effective decomposition of material whereby it will not create a public nuisance.
e) Only acceptable materials generated from the legal boundaries of the site of the containment shall be allowed into the containment structure.  "Acceptable materials" means plant materials consisting of grass clippings, leaves, weeds, small twigs, evergreen cones and needles, wood chips, herbaceous garden debris and commercial ingredients (mixed into the composting material) specifically designed to speed or enhance decomposition.  Kitchen wastes, such as eggshells, coffee grounds, chopped vegetables, and fruit remains are also acceptable. 
f) None of the following materials shall be placed in the compost container: meat, bones, fat, oil, dairy products, plastic, synthetic fibers, human or pet waste, and diseased plants or plants treated with pesticides. 

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.