Where to Recycle

  • Burnsville Parks Add Recycling

    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 more than 130 new recycling bins in almost 25 parks in order to make public space recycling more available and convenient.

    Items that are accepted in these bin include plastic bottles, cans, cardboard, and paper. But if you forget, the new bins come with picture-based labels which will show you exactly what should go in each bin. See for yourself on your next visit to the parks. 

    Where They Are Going:

    • Alimagnet
    • Birnamwood Golf Course
    • Black Dog
    • Civic Center
    • Cliff Fen
    • Crystal Beach
    • Crystal Lake West
    • Kelleher
    • Lac Lavon
    • MN River Front
    • Nicollet Common
    • Neill North River Hills
    • Paha Sapa
    • Red Oak
    • Rose
    • Rudy L. Kraemer
    • Sue Fischer Memorial
    • Sunset Pond
    • Terrace Oaks East
    • Terrace Oaks West
    • Vista View
    • Wolk

    Recycling is also available in other city parks as well. In Apple Valley, you can recycle at Johnny Cake, Quarry Point, and Valley Middle. In Eagan, recycling is available at Central Park, Lexington Diffley, and Northview. For Lakeville, Aronson, King, Quigley-Sime, and Steve Michaud all have recycling. Just remember, with recycling now available, you don't have to 'trash' the parks. Relax, play, eat, enjoy yourself, and then recycle. It's that easy.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Disposing of Problem Materials

    Get rid of problem materials safely, and FREE

    When the time comes for spring cleaning, it can be hard to know how to dispose of certain items. Hazardous waste is illegal to put in the trash, and should stay out of your home recycling cart. So here is a short guide for disposing of problem materials.

    Vaping devices –As concerns rise over the safety of vaping, people are ditching more frequently. Vaping pens, e-cigarettes and other similar devices have batteries that could cause fires, so it is important to keep them out of your home recycling and trash. Instead, bring vaping devices to The Recycling Zone in Eagan for proper disposal. Make sure it is turned off before dropping it off for recycling.

    Mercury –Mercury, despite its toxicity, is still used in several products around your home, including thermometers, fluorescent bulbs and non-programmable thermostats. When you’re done using these products, bring them to the Recycling Zone for free, safe disposal. You can even pick up a free digital thermometer when you drop off an old mercury thermometer.

    Ammunition –Due to its explosive properties, ammunition should not be placed in your home trash or recycling carts, as it can be dangerous for you and the people collecting them. Instead, bring your ammunition to The Recycling Zone for safe disposal. You may also bring ammunition to your local law enforcement center, but please do not bring ammunition to the Eagan or Burnsville Police Departments, as they have discontinued their collections.

    Batteries –Some batteries contain toxic metals like lead and cadmium, which can pose a harm to human health and our water and land if trashed. Bring all your batteries – single-use and rechargeable, small or big – to The Recycling Zone for free drop-off. The metals, acids and plastic that compose batteries can all be used to make new products. Please tape both ends of each battery with any kind of tape to help out Recycling Zone staff.

    If you haven’t guessed already, The Recycling Zone accepts lots of hazardous materials for safe disposal, and the best part – it’s all FREE (except tires, TVs, and computer monitors). For a full list of accepted items, visit www.dakotacounty.us and search Recycling Zone.

     

  • Dive Into Recycling

    We understand recycling can be confusing, and it's hard to know what to do with all the different kinds of materials out there, which is why we've created a series of YouTube videos to answer your most pressing recycling-related questions. Take a Dive Into Recycling with DVR, and find out what to do with plastic bags, pharmaceuticals, and many other problem materials.

    If you don't see something you need information on, leave us a comment under any of the videos and we'll add your question to our list!

     

     

     

     

  • Lakeville Organics Drop Off

    18400 Ipava Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

    As of October 1st, Dakota County and the City of Lakeville are offering an exciting opportunity for Lakeville residents to dramatically cut their waste. A free organics drop-site launched after many residents, through surveys and public forums, voiced their desire to keep organic waste out of the landfill. The Lakeville location will be the first organics drop-site in the southwest part of the county.

    Unlike backyard composting, the Lakeville site is set up for commercial composting which allows the resident to compost food scraps like meat, bones, pizza boxes, tissues and much more. This is not a yard waste site – no leaves or brush are accepted at this location.

    Participation is easy. Sign-up online at www.dakotacounty.us, search organics, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 952-891-7557. Once signed up, residents receive a welcome kit with a free container label, compostable bags and details on how to recycle organics, as well the access codes to enter the locked drop-off locations at Thompson County Park, Holland Lake Trailhead and the Lakeville Water Treatment Facility.

  • 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.

    Where:

    Certified Recycling, 14305 Ewing Avenue, Burnsville, MN
    952-894-1448 

    When:

    March 1 - December 20, 2024
    Mondays - Fridays from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Recycling Rate:

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

    Rules:

    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.

     

     

  • 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
    612-588-3820

    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
    612-455-6133

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

    Bridging MN
    201 W 87th St, Bloomington MN
    952-888-1105

    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
    952-445-5755

    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
    763-972-3335 

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

  • Shredding Events

    Need to get rid of sensitive documents? Attend these Shred Events in Eagan, Lakeville, Burnsville, and Apple Valley! All events are open to all residents. 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: TBD
    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: TBD
    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 annual Burnsville Household Hazardous Waste Collection

    Date: TBD
    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: TBD
    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.

  • 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

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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.