• Collection Containers for Your Event

    Organics collection containers.

    Trash, recycling, and organics x-frames.

    Are you planning to hold an event? Would you like to hold an event, but don’t know what to do about all the trash? 

    Now you can reserve trash, recycling, and organics collection containers from Dakota Valley Recycling all year long. The X-frame containers are easy to set up and use!

    Even if you already have trash cans, recycling and organics collection containers can help reduce the amount of waste from your event.

    Recycle these (blue bins):

    • Cans
    • Plastic and glass bottles
    • Paper
    • Cardboard

    And put these in the organics (green bins):

    • Food
    • Soiled paper products like paper plates and compostable utensils
    • Napkins

    If you're new to collecting organics, you may want to check out our Intro to Organics Recycling and consult this detailed guide to compostable items.

    Call 952-895-4559 to check availability and make a reservation, or for any additional questions.


  • Entertainment Swap

    We’ve all spent quite a bit of time at home the past few years. Between perfecting our puzzle skills, finishing a book series, or starting weekly game night with family, maybe you’ve decided it’s time to refresh your home entertainment shelf! If that's the case for you, then come to Dakota Valley Recycling's Entertainment Swap!

    On Saturday, April 8th at the Lakeville Heritage Library from 2-4pm, you can bring all these things and more to a local Entertainment Swap! Trade your loved and gently used movies, video games, books, card games, records and more with neighbors, and set yourself up for rejuvenated fun. Only bring items that are complete (all board game pieces included, full deck of cards, etc.) and are in good condition. Do not bring items that you would not give to a friend or family member!

    Date: Saturday, April 8, 2023
    2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
    Lakeville Heritage Library
    20085 Heritage Dr., Lakeville

    Accepted Items

    • Books
    • Video games
    • Puzzles & board games
    • CDs & vinyl records
    • DVDs & BluRays
    • Cards, dice, & more

    Not Accepted

    • VCRs & DVD players
    • Video game consoles
    • Stereos
    • Cassettes
    • Puzzles/games with missing pieces


    Items not swapped will be donated or recycled.
    For questions or additional information, call 952-895-4559.

  • Furniture & Household Appliance Swap

    Stuff is expensive, and when the time comes to get rid of something, that can be expensive, too. Meanwhile, our landfills are overflowing with that same stuff, much of which is still perfectly suitable for use. To help save that usable stuff--and your wallets--DVR, Bridging, and the City of Apple Valley are joining forces to bring you the inaugural Furniture & Small Appliances Swap this summer.

    The Furniture Swap is a two-day event. The first day is reserved for donations of accepted items, and the second is reserved for FREE swapping, open to everyone! You do not need to donate in order to take items. Bring what you can, and take what you'd like!

    Staff from local Apple Valley business MAD Moving will be on-site both days to help residents transport heavy items to and from the parking lot.

    Location: Apple Valley Sports Arena, 14452 Hayes Rd.

    Day 1, Donation Intake Day: Friday August 16, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    (Only accepting donated items this day--no swapping.)

    Day 2, FREE Reuse Day: Saturday, August 17, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    (No donations accepted this day--only swapping.)

    See below for full lists of accepted and not accepted items. All donated items must meet the quality standards set by Bridging, including:

    • Items must be new or gently used. Free of rips, stains, strong odors, and/or pet hair.
    • All items must be clean, fully functioning, and in good working condition.
    • If you're unsure whether an item could be donated, ask yourself if you would feel comfortable giving it to a friend of family member.

    All items will be inspected upon arrival. Event staff reserve the right to refuse items that do not meet quality standards listed above.

    All items are free for the taking! Our goal is to help all usable items find a new home--and not the landfill--so everyone is welcome to come browse the collection of donated items, take what you'd like, sign the liability waiver at the check-out table, and take home to enjoy!

    Items leftover after the event will be donated to Bridging.

    For questions or additional information, call DVR at 952-895-4515.

  • Garden Tool Swap

    Bring gently used items such as shovels, rakes, hoses, birdfeeders, ceramic pots, and much more to trade with neighbors and refresh your garden's look. Items must be in good, usable condition. Broken items and plastic planter pots will not be accepted.

    Swaps are open to everyone. No purchases are necessary. Bring what you can, and take what you'd like!

    Celebrate Earth Day by visiting Lakeville's Annual Watershed Cleanup Day! Find out what's happening in your area to preserve our environment and learn from local organizations. While you're there, bring unused garden tools in good condition, and take a few home!

    Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024
    11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. 
    Lakeville Maintenance Facility
    7570 179th St. W., Lakeville

    Check out the Native Plant Market! Native wildflowers, ferns and grasses will be for sale from multiple vendors. Enhance your garden and help provide food for pollinators! While picking out new flowers and grasses at Burnsville's Native Plant Market, stop by our Garden Tool Swap to trade your gently used tools and lawn decorations for new ones.

    Date:Saturday, May 18, 2024
    9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. 
    100 Civic Center Pkwy
    Burnsville, MN (Parking lot across from City Hall)

    Items not swapped will be donated or recycled.
    For questions or additional information, call 952-895-4559.

  • Halloween Costume & Prop Swap

    Spooky Season is upon us, with Halloween soon approaching! Will you be a superhero or a supervillain? Maybe a zombie or werewolf or cat--oh my! Be creative and get some inspiration at Dakota Valley Recycling's second Halloween Costume & Prop Swap. Let last year's only-worn-once costume have a second outing in a new home.

    Bring your gently used costumes and props to the Wescott Library in Eagan on Thursday, October 17 from 5:30 - 7pm to swap with fellow community members. Leave what you can and take what you want--everything is FREE! Eligible items must be in good condition. Broken, ripped, or stained items not accepted.

    Date:Thursday, October 17, 2024
    5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
    Wescott Library
                    1340 Wescott Rd., Eagan, MN, 55121

    We are here to promote reuse in the community to give items a second life and prevent them from entering the landfill ♻️ Help us reduce waste and reuse what we have!

    And after Halloween, don't forget to take advantage of our free Pumpkin Composting Event.

    Items not swapped will be donated or recycled.
    For questions or additional information, call 952-895-4559.

  • Mattress & Furniture Collection

    Is that old bed keeping you up at night? Not sure what to do with your now uncomfortable couch? Well rest easy, we've got you covered. 

    From March 1 - December 20, 2024, Dakota Valley Recycling is partnering with Certified Recycling to offer discounted mattress and furniture recycling for residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan and Lakeville. The coupon grants $10 off each piece of furniture, mattress or box spring dropped off.

    Before you bring your items to Certified, please consider donation first. If they are in good condition, free of rips and stains, then you can bring them to a local non-profit organization called Bridging located in Bloomington. Bridging accepts usable mattresses, furniture, and houseware for free to drop-off, or a flat rate of $125 to have picked up from your home.

    If your items are not in good enough condition to donate, then this discounted collection is the perfect opportunity for you to recycle your old mattress or piece of furniture. To participate, residents must present Certified Recycling with the drop-off coupon shown below (print and digital versions accepted) along with proof of residence. Mattresses must be dry and free of bed bugs. See below for further details.


    Certified Recycling, 14305 Ewing Avenue, Burnsville, MN


    March 1 - December 20, 2024
    Mondays: 8 am - 5pm
    Tuesday - Friday: 8 am - 4 pm

    Recycling Rate:

    $10 off per unit (any size mattress, box springs are separate units -- no limit per resident)


    Must be a resident of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan or Lakeville. Must provide photo ID with current address and the event coupon.
    All beds must be dry and free of bed bugs and other contaminants.
    For more information about proper mattress disposal, visit our Mattress Recycling Guide.



  • 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 Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd. 

    Drop-off Locations

    Apple Valley Maintenance Facility
    6442 140th St. W.
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Burnsville Market Garden
    260 Civic Center Parkway
    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 2023, we collected over 90,000 lbs. of pumpkins! That's as much as SIX elephants! 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 Specialized Environmental Technologies compost facility in Rosemount 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

  • Shoe Recycling Event

    Burnsville Shoe Recycling 2016*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 recycle and buy recycled products. Since 2008, Dakota Valley Recycling has held a shoe recycling collection event for a whole week in November to celebrate recycling. This year, Dakota Valley Recycling is working with USAgain, a national company that collects textiles to be reused or recycled. 

    Where and when can you drop off shoes?

    The event will take place the week of November 13-20, 2023. All bins will be outside and open 24/7.

    Apple Valley Community Center
    14603 Hayes Rd.
    Apple Valley, MN 55124

    Burnsville Civic Center Amphitheater   *New location!!*
    251 Civic Center Parkway
    Burnsville, MN 55337

    Eagan Civic Arena
    3870 Pilot Knob Rd
    Eagan, MN 55122

    Lakeville Fire Station 1
    20190 Holyoke Ave.
    Lakeville, MN 55044

    What happens to the shoes collected?

    Shoes in good condition will be cleaned up and reused by giving to those in need. Shoes that are no longer in good condition will be separated and the parts such as rubber and textiles will be recycled. 

    Last years results

    In 2020 we collected a total of 5.7 tons of shoes! Let's see what we can do in 2023!

    That's equivalent to the weight of an adult Asian Elephant,

    Or the weight of 23 fully grown pigs

    Let's work to make 2023 a record year for recycling. For resources on where to bring textiles year round visit search Donate Your Stuff. For questions about this event, call the Dakota Valley Recycling Hotline at 952-895-4559 


  • Shredding Events

    Need to get rid of sensitive documents? Attend one of our eight annual Shred Events! Each event is open to residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, and Lakeville. Services are free and shredding will occur on-site. NO business waste, including from home-based businesses. 

    For more recycling events in other Dakota County cities, view the Dakota County Recycling Guide and click Recycling Events

    Spring Events: 

    Date: March 23, 2024
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    Location: Eagan Cascade Bay Waterpark
    1360 Civic Center Dr., Eagan, MN 55122
    Cost: FREE  (limit to four paper bags or small boxes per vehicle)

    Date: March 30, 2024
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    Location: Apple Valley Aquatic Center
    14421 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Cost: FREE  (limit to four paper bags or small boxes per vehicle)

    Date:May 4, 2024
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    Location: Lakeville Maintenance Facility
    7570 179th St. W., Lakeville, MN 55044
    Cost: FREE  (limit to four paper bags or small boxes per vehicle)

    Date: June 1, 2024
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    Location: Burnsville Maintenance Facility
    13713 Frontier Ct., Burnsville, MN 55337
    Cost: FREE  (limit to four paper bags or small boxes per vehicle)
    *Part of the annual DVR Summer Drop-off for appliances and electronics

    Check back Fall 2024 for upcoming event dates

    Fall Events: 

    Date: September 7, 2024
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    Location: Eagan Cascade Bay Waterpark
    1360 Civic Center Dr., Eagan, MN 55122
    Cost: FREE  (limit to four paper bags or small boxes per vehicle)

    Date: September 21, 2024
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
    Location: Apple Valley Aquatic Center
    14421 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Cost: FREE  (limit to four paper bags or small boxes per vehicle)
    *Part of the annual Apple Valley Fall Residential Clean-Up Day

    Date: September 28, 2024
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
    Location: Burnsville Maintenance Facility
    13713 Frontier Ct., Burnsville, MN 55337
    Cost: FREE  (limit to four paper bags or small boxes per vehicle)
    *Part of the DVR Summer Drop-off

    Date: October 19, 2024
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    Location: Lakeville Maintenance Facility
    7570 179th St. W., Lakeville, MN 55044
    Cost: FREE  (limit to four paper bags or small boxes per vehicle)

    How to Prepare 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 Recycling 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.

  • Sports Equipment Donation

    This fall, Dakota Valley Recycling and the cities of Burnsville, Eagan, and Lakeville are hosting a donation drive for sporting equipment in partnership with the United Heroes League, a non-profit whose mission it is to provide military kids around the country with sports equipment, camps, and special experiences. Having UHL headquartered right here in Dakota County (Hastings) gives DVR the home field advantage for a successful event, but we need your help to really hit it out of the park. Here’s what you need to know:

    What to Donate: ALL reusable sports equipment for ANY sport—hockey, basketball, volleyball, football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, tennis, and many more. UHL is also currently seeking rollerblades.

    Permanent Drop-off:
    Lakeville Ames Ice Arena, 19900 Ipava Ave, Lakeville

    Seasonal Drop-offs:
    Dec 4 - 31, 2023: Burnsville Ice Center, 251 Civic Center Pkwy, Burnsville

    With donated materials, UHL has been able to outfit thousands of military kids around the country with top of the line gear. On top of that, donating reusable equipment keeps thousands of pounds worth of composite materials, metals, and plastics out of the landfill for a little while longer. Now that’s a home run!

    For questions about this event, call the Dakota Valley Recycling hotline at 952-895-4559.

  • What You Can Do At Home To Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle




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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.