Trash & Recycling
Household hazardous products require special disposal. The Dakota County Recycling Zone is available to accept your household hazardous waste (products labeled dangerous, flammable, combustible, poisonous, or corrosive).
Dakota Valley Recycling
The Cities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Lakeville, and Eagan jointly administer the recycling program under Dakota Valley Recycling. Visit the Dakota Valley Recycling website for useful information, guides, and resources on recycling.
Annual Recycling Events
Dakota Valley Recycling coordinates multiple opportunities every year for residents to recycle bulky items, hazardous waste, and other problem materials that are not accepted curbside. Most events are open to all residents within Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, and Lakeville. Some of the events are free, and others require small disposal fees. Learn more.
Organics Drop-Off Site
What to Recycle
Residents are required to recycle. Recycling at home is easy once you know what goes in your recycling bin.
Recycling 101 Guide
View the Recycling 101 Guide to see what should be recycled.
Follow these rules to ensure your recycling gets recycled:
- Do not use plastic bags. Place recyclables loose in your recycling cart or a paper bag.
- Empty and dry bottles, jars, and containers. They don't have to be perfect — just free of most residue.
- Leave caps on containers.
- Empty and flatten boxes.
- Check the Recycling Guide if you are not sure about an item.
Do not put the below items in your recycling cart. Check the Dakota Valley website to learn how to dispose of items that cannot go in the trash or be recycled.
- Food and liquids
- Paper plates, cups, and napkins
- Plastic bags and wrap
- Shredded paper
- Tanglers (e.g., chains, extension cords, hoses, string lights)
Tips on Managing Trash and Recycling Containers
View a slideshow that explains trash container storage requirements and shares best practices for container storage.
All Dakota County residents, commercial properties, and multifamily properties must recycle. For info on what should be recycled, see the Recycling 101 Guide. All haulers serving Dakota County accept these items.
Business Multifamily Recycling Requirements
Property owners and managers of commercial buildings and properties are responsible for complying with Dakota County’s recycling requirements.
Event Recycling Requirements
Dakota County requires event sponsors to ensure trash and recycling are collected at all events. Dakota Valley Recycling provides free event resources to support recycling and food scrap collection. Learn more.
County Recycling Resources
Business Recycling Program
Eligible businesses can receive funding to help reduce waste and start or improve recycling or food scrap collection. No match is required. All businesses can get technical assistance, free container labels, and educational resources. Learn more.
Multifamily Recycling Program
Dakota County provides technical assistance, in-person education, and funding to start or improve recycling at apartments, condominiums, townhomes, and independent senior living. Learn more.
School Recycling Program
Grants are available to help prevent wasted food, reduce waste, improve recycling and food scrap collection, and educate students and staff. Request free recycling education performances, field trips, container labels, and activity guides. Learn more.
Festivals, parties, and events can create a lot of trash. Learn how to make your next event low-waste.
Environmental Education Resources
Residents, businesses, schools, and organizations are welcome to use free article templates, handouts, activity kits, and more to educate about recycling, food scraps, household hazardous waste, and waste prevention. Learn more.