The Recycling Zone is the County-run recycling center in Eagan, MN. This facility is where all Dakota County residents can bring recyclables, electronics, scrap metal, paint, household chemicals, hazardous waste and other items that shouldn't go in the trash. The Recycling Zone is open to all residents living in Dakota County or the other metro-area counties.
Businesses can only dispose of their hazardous waste at the Recycling Zone through the Very Small Quantity Generator Program. Visit Dakota County's For Businesses page for more information and to schedule an appointment
3365 Dodd Road (South Highway 149)
Eagan, MN 55121
*The Recycling Zone is closed New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Acceptable Items From Residents (free unless otherwise noted)
- Household hazardous waste such as paint, automotive oil, chemicals, cleaners and fertilizers
- Electronics such as laptops, stereos, DVD players, satellite dishes, and cell phones (Computer monitors and TV's have a $10 per-item drop-off fee)
- Small household electronics such as toasters, vacuums, radios and coffee makers
- Scrap metal
- Tires (Fees starting at $5)
- Basic recyclables: aluminum cans, cardboard boxes, glass, and plastic bottles
- More recyclable plastics: yogurt, pudding and fruit cups, plastic disposable drinking cups, margarine, cream cheese and cottage cheese tubs, and deli containers
- Recyclable paper cartons: milk cartons, juice cartons, juice boxes, and broth/soup cartons.
A full list of accepted items and more information about available programs can be found on the Dakota County website.
- Appliances (including humidifers, dehumidfiers, microwaves, and water heaters)
- Plastic Bags
- Styrofoam (place in trash)
- Free Reuse Shelf: Residents can also pick up free products from the Recycling Zone. When items are brought in and are still usable, The Recycling Zone puts them out for reuse. Items on the "reuse shelf" include paint, chemicals, cleaners, solvents, etc.
- Educational Experiences: Tours of The Recycling Zone are open to Dakota County residents and groups (girls and boy scouts, churches, groups, etc.) for free! The tour looks at what happens at The Recycling Zone and the importance of pollution prevention. To schedule an educational experience visit the Recycling Zone Educational Experience Page.