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    April 18
    **POSTPONED UNTIL LATER DATE** Dakota County and the City of Lakeville are hosting their annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day on Saturday, May 2, 2020, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the...
    April 18
    *New location in Burnsville!* America Recycles Day (November 15) is a nationally recognized day started by Keep America Beautiful dedicated to encouraging individuals and organizations alike to...
    April 18
    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...
    April 18
    Dakota County and the City of Burnsville are hosting their annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 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, Dakota Valley Recycling is hosting a number of opportunities for Burnsville...
    April 11
    It's that time of year again for Burnsville's annual curbside collection week. This year, Certified Recycling will be doing a curbside pick-up of bulky items, appliances, & electronics for a...
    March 08
    Need to get rid of sensitive documents? Attend these Shred Events in Lakeville, Burnsville, and Apple Valley! Lakeville and Burnsville events are open to all residents. Services are free and...
    September 01
    Event Details Date: Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 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...
    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...

  • Live Greenery Disposal

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    Once you've cleaned up for the holiday season, there are a number of ways to dispose of live greenery, such as trees, garlands and wreaths.

  • Missed the Drop-Off Day? Other Options for Your Stuff

    This year's Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day has come and gone, but you have options for properly disposing of hazardous waste, electronics, and appliances year-round.

    Household Hazardous Wastesuch as aerosols, auto batteries, cleaners, fire extinguishers, fluorescent bulbs/tubes, gasoline, lawn chemicals, paint, pesticides, propane cylinders, rechargeable batteries, thermostats, used oil/filters, and most products labeled dangerous, corrosive, flammable, poison, or combustible.    household hazardous waste

    Electronicssuch as televisions, VCRs, DVD players, computers, computer monitors, printers, computer accessories, stereos, digital cameras, fax equipment, electronic gaming systems, cell phones and other miscellaneous electronic devices. TV's and computer monitors will be $10 each to recycle. bike and lawn mower

    Misc. Electric Household Itemssuch as vaccuum cleaners, carpet sweepers, coffee makers, blenders (without glass), mixers, bread makers, fryers, food sealing equipment, electric knives, clothes irons, shaving  equipment, hair dryers, VHS tapes, holiday lights, space heaters, radios, clocks, telephones, fans, cameras, toaster ovens, microwaves and misc. electric tools (drills, sanders, etc).  Batteries must be removed from all devices.

    stoveAppliancessuch as air conditioners, clothes washers, clothes dryers, hot water heaters, water softeners, garbage disposals, microwaves, trash compactors, stoves/ovens, furnaces, heat pumps, refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers and dishwashers.

    Scrap Metalsuch as lawn mowers, snow blowers and power tools (fluids MUST be drained), bicycles, metal grills (separate propane tank for HHW disposal) metal lawn furniture and other scrap metal items.

    Other Items:

    Carpet: for disposal of carpet and carpet padding, click here.

    Furniture: for reuse options of furniture in good condition, click here.  For disposal options, click here.

    Mattresses: for reuse or recycling options for mattresses, click here

    Ammonia-gas appliances (such as RV appliances): ammonia-powered appliances can be brought to JR's Advanced Recycling for a fee. For more information, click here.

    Still have questions about how to get rid of your unwanted stuff?  Call the recycling department at 952-895-4559 or send us an email

  • New Fee to Recycle TVs and Monitors

    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.  

  • Organics Drop-Site Now Open in Lebanon Hills

    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 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 BPIor 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. 

  • Pumpkin Composting Events

    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 at FOUR locations making it easier than ever to carve some time into your schedule! The event is FREE for all participants. All collection bins will be available November 6th and 7th.

    Drop-off Locations

    Apply Valley Maintenance Facility
    6442 140th St. W.
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Burnsville Maintenance Facility
    13713 Frontier Court
    Burnsville, MN 55337

    Eagan Community Center
    1501 Central Pkwy (southwest parking lot)
    Eagan, MN 55121

    Lakeville Police Station
    9237 183rd St. W.
    Lakeville, MN 55044

    In 2019, we collected 44,800 lbs of pumpkins! That's 10,000 lbs more than 2018! 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 send an email or call 952-895-4515

  • Recycle on the Go!

    Young Girl Recycling in Park

    Sport’s events, picnics, walks surrounded by nature: what else is in our parks? Recycling! The parks departments in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan and Lakeville are rolling out recycling containers in some parks making it easier than ever to recycle when you’re away from home.

    With assistance from Dakota County, the following parks have been chosen to be the first to receive new bins. In Apple Valley they are Quarry Point Park and Johnny Cake East and West. In Burnsville, you can find recycling bins at Cliff Fen Park, Lion's Skate Park and in ‘The Heart of the City’ at Nicollet Commons. In Eagan, you can discover recycling bins now available at Northview and Lexington-Diffley Parks. And in Lakeville you can find these bins at King, Quigley-Sime, Michaud and Aronson Parks. 

    Help play a part in reducing the amount of material going to the landfill by recycling your bottles, cans and cardboard in the receptacles just like at home. To help you remember what is recyclable all the new bins now have labels with pictures to show you what is accepted. See for yourself at your next visit to the park.

    Just remember, we don’t have to ‘trash’ our parks. Eat, play, have fun and then recycle. Let’s keep our parks healthy, it’s that easy!


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  • Recycling After Home Renovations

    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 easy as throwing it in your curbside bin. Luckily, there are resources in the metro county to reuse and recycle just about any part of the home including carpet, cabinets, insulation, roofing material and more! Check out the reuse and recycling opportunities list below for the names and numbers of locations near you. 

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    Reuse opportunities

    For a item to be reused, it must be in excellent condition free of stains, rips or tears. Each reuse location will have specific standards that must be adhered to. Call ahead to see if your item will be accepted or email the locations with a photo of the item you wish to donate. 

    Habitat for Humanity Restore
    2700 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapoilis

    Accepts: Appliances, building materials, carpet, flooring, hardware, kitchen cabinets, paint, tools and other misc. items
    See full list of accepted items

    Better Futures MN
    2620 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis

    Accepts: Doors, cabinets, lighting, lumber, appliances, tiles and plumbing
    See a full list of accepted items

    Bridging MN
    201 W 87th St, Bloomington MN

    Accepts: Furniture, housewares, small appliances & electronics, mirrors, artwork and pictures
    See a full list of accepted items

    Recycling opportunities

    Dem-Con Companies
    13161 Dem-Con Drive, Shakopee MN

    Accepts: Asphalt, cabinets, carpet, concrete, fencing material, fiberboard, house wrap, molded fiberglass, pipe, plywood, roofing material, sheetrock, siding, treated wood and more
    See a full list of accepted items

    Randy's Sanitation
    12620 Vincent Ave S, Burnsville MN

    Accepts: Appliances, construction material, bath tubs, pallets, sinks, toilets and more
    See a full list of accepted items 

  • Recycling Makes a Splash at Cascade Bay

    Recycling at Cascade Bay

    Cascade Bay Waterpark includes many fun-filled activities, making it a popular summer destination, and now there’s one more thing to get excited about – recycling! This year, Cascade Bay is introducing new, all-in-one trash and recycling containers that will make it easy for swimmers to discard items properly.

    The waterpark also offers delicious snacks and cool drinks, many of which are served in recyclable materials. With the new recycling containers, all the recycle goes into one, single recycling stream. This means plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard can all be reused when placed into the recycling container. To make it even easier, the containers will also have labels with pictures to indicate which types of materials are accepted in the recycling.

    By paying attention to the signs on the containers, guests can relax on the lazy river knowing they are doing their part to keep the Earth and all of its water clean and healthy!

     Written by Erin Bucki, 2017 Graduate, School of Environmental Studies (pictured)

  • Recycling Myths Debunked

    The recycling world is not immune to myths but don't let these rumors stop you from making a difference. We have compiled the biggest fibs and explained how they just aren't true. 

  • Reduce Food Waste

    According the National Resource Defense Council, the average American tosses 25% of the food they buy. That's like going to the grocery store, buying four bags of food, and leaving one in the parking lot. Food lost to the landfill also means wasted water to grow the food, wasted fuel to transport the food, wasted labor, wasted time, and wasted money.  

    Fortunately, there’s steps you can take to save the food.

    Check out these great resources to help you shop smarter, meal prep, freeze efficiently, and understand food labels: 

    View The Extraordinary Life and Times of a Strawberry brought to you by the National Ad Council

    NEW! Print off these educational coloring pages and games! 

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  • 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.  

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  • Residential Compost Sites

    fallen leavesState law in Minnesota prohibits the disposal of yard waste with your garbage.  If you have the ability to take your yard waste to a compost site, you have the choice of a number of privately-run sites in the area.  All yard waste disposal is subject to fees; call ahead for pricing.

    Food & yard waste drop-off locations

    The Mulch Store, Empire
    16454 Blaine Ave
    Rosemount, MN 55068
    Open year-round
    Call for hours.
    Accepts: Leaves, grass clippings, brush, tree waste, stumps, logs, and all food scraps
    For Sale: Compost, landscape mulch.

    Yard waste only drop-off locations

    The Mulch Store, Burnsville
    1030 W Cliff Rd
    Burnsville, MN 55337
    Open seasonally (April through November 30, weather permitting).
    Call for hours.
    Accepts: Leaves, grass clippings, brush, tree waste, stumps, logs, soil.
    For Sale: Compost, blended dirt, landscape mulch.

    Gertens R.E.S.
    805 Yankee Doodle Rd
    Eagan, MN 55121
    Open seasonally (April through November 30, weather permitting).
    Call for hours.
    Accepts: Leaves, grass clippings, soft plant material, brush, tree waste, stumps, logs, soil, sod, fill, gravel, stone/rock, concrete (rebar-free).
    For Sale: Compost, landscape mulch, decorative rock.

    Gertens Brickyard (retail location)
    5500 Blaine Ave
    Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
    651-450-1501 (store)
    651-239-1369 (direct) 
    Open year-round
    Call for hours.
    Accepts: Leaves, grass clippings, soft plant material, brush, tree waste, stumps, logs, soil, sod, fill, gravel, stone/rock, concrete (rebar-free).
    For Sale: compost, top soil, landscape mulch, decorative rock, gravel, river rock.

    South Saint Paul Compost Site
    681 Verderosa Ave
    South St. Paul, MN 55075
    Open seasonally.
    See website for hours.
    Accepts: Grass, sod, sod trimmings, garden waste. You may bring your compost in any type of bag or by the trailer load.
    Fee: Call for fees.

    S & S Tree Horticultural Specialists, Inc.
    405 Hardman Avenue South, South St. Paul
    Phone Number: (651) 451-8907
    Open seasonally- call for exact dates
    Saturday and Sunday Only 7:00am- 11:00am
    Accepts: Brush and Tree waste only
    No fee


    Residents can also schedule a pick-up with their garbage service provider for an added fee.

  • Summer Shred Events

    Need to get rid of sensitive documents? Attend these Shred Events in Lakeville, Burnsville, and Apple Valley! Lakeville and Burnsville events are open to all residents. Services are free and shredding will occur on-site.

    Details: Shredded Paper

    Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
    Location: Lakeville Central Maintenance Facility
    7570 179th St. W, Lakeville, MN 55044
    Cost: FREE  (limit to four paper bags or small boxes per vehicle)
    Open to residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan and Lakeville. For more recycling events in other Dakota County cities, view the Dakota County Green Guide and click Recycling Events

    Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
    Location: Burnsville Maintenance Facility
    13713 Frontier Ct., Burnsville, MN 55337
    Cost: FREE  (limit to four paper bags or small boxes per vehicle)
    Open to residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan and Lakeville. For more recycling events in other Dakota County cities, view the Dakota County Green Guide and click Recycling Events.

    Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
    Location: Family Aquatic Center
    14421 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Cost: FREE  (limit to four paper bags or small boxes per vehicle)
    *Open ONLY to residents of Apple Valley. For more recycling events in other Dakota County cities, view the Dakota County Green Guide and click Recycling Events.

    NO business waste including from home-based businesses. 

    How to Prepare for your documents for destruction:

    • You may leave staples and paper clips on items before destruction. Large metal binder clips and three ring binders should be removed
    • You may bring items in paper bag for easier handling. A plastic bag or cardboard box is fine too, but be prepared to dump items from plastic bag into cart. 

    Paperwork with confidential information should be shredded to prevent the possibility of identity theft but not all documents need to be shredded. In fact, shredded paper wears down the fibers making it more difficult to recycle. With that in mind, please shred only what you need to, and recycle the rest. 

    Can't make it to our shredding event? Check out our Document Destruction Guideto find locations to bring documents, or visit the Dakota County Green Guide to see a list of shredding events throughout the county (under Recycling Events). For more information on this event please call the Recycling Hotline at 952-895-4559.

  • 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 


  • Updates Around DVR

    Summertime sadness? How about summertime recycling madness!

    Whether you're making a big move, cleaning out your closets, or helping a friend with some projects, you're in luck. Below is information on collections and events that are happening all throughout the summer, including times and locations for summer shredding events and current mattress discounts. Please also check out the Burnsville Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off event information, and join us in collecting and diverting waste from the landfill!



    **Updated 6/16/2021

  • What Happens to Your Recycling?

    Once your recyclable are picked up at your curb, most residents don't exactly know where they go and what happens to them. We're here to break down the process and hopefully clear up some confusion on what exactly happens to the recycling you put out on your curbside. 

    Materials Recycling Facilities

    After your hauler picks up your recycling, it is brought to a nearby sorting facility. This facility is called a material recovery facility (MRF). This facility receives and separates recycling by material, and prepares recyclables for manufactures. The illustration below shows the general process to how recycling is separated in a MRF.


     Material Recovery Facility Infographic


    Recycling → Commodities

    Once the recyclables are sorted by material, they are baled into compact cubes. These cubes are now considered commodities, since they can be sold to manufactures. Consumers drive the value of these commodities. A demand by consumers for products made using recyclable materials creates a need for manufactures to use these materials, thus increasing the value of the recycled material.


    Recycled paper materials are sold to paper mills where they are further processed before being sold to manufactures. Recycled paper is often used in toilet paper, egg cartons, and paper towel rolls.


    The bales of metals are sent to smelting facilities where they are further processed before being manufactured into new products. Because metal doesn't break down easily, recycled metal can be used to make a variety of products like aluminum or tin cans, file cabinets, or tin foil.


    The glass cullet is sent to glass processing facilities. Glass can be recycled an infinite number of times, so recycled glass is often manufactured right back into what it was: bottles and jars.


    Plastic bales are sold to plastic recycling facilities where they are most often down-cycled into things like lawn furniture, garbage cans, carpets, and park benches.

  • What is Organics Recycling?

    YoOrganics Container at Ames Center, Burnsvilleu 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. 

    Visit our Backyard Composting page for more information on how to get started at home, or sign-up for one of Dakota County's Organics Drop-Sites online.

    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!

    Organics Recycling infographic


  • 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

    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

  • When is Composting Better Than Recycling?

    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 paper can only be recycled between five and seven times so it's easy to assume composting is a good alternative to recycling when the fibers are getting shorter. However, it's a little more complicated than that. By keeping paper out of the recycling bin, we are increasing the demand on trees, water and energy required to make virgin paper. So, to help break it down we have put together a list of the most confusing paper items to tell you whether composting or recycling is a better alternative. 



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.