Tips for Reducing Paper Use

  • Always try to use both sides of a sheet of paper. 
  • Reuse paper that's already printed on one side by manually feeding it into copiers and printers.
  • Email can be used to share documents and ideas; only print the emails that you need a hard copy of.
  • Use two-way or send-and-return envelopes. Your outgoing envelope gets reused for its return trip. 
  • Use reusable inter- and intra-office envelopes.
  • Reuse old paper for notepads. It can be cut to custom sizes and bound with a staple, or a printing business can bind them into actual pads. 

Purchasing Green for Your Office:

Here are some purchasing ideas to help make the workplace more environmentally friendly.

  • Refurbish and buy refurbished office equipment.
  • Reuse and refill toner cartridges and ribbons.
  • Purchase nontoxic, biodegradable cleaners that contain low- or non-volatile organic compounds.
  • Buy concentrates.
  • Buy in bulk.
  • Buy products that are reusable, returnable or refillable.
  • Buy office products that contain post-consumer recycled material.
  • Use flexible interior features, such as movable walls, to reduce waste associated with renovation.
  • Choose durable materials and furnishing to reduce the costs and waste associated with replacement.

Take advantage of business programs

1. Dakota County Business Grant Program

  • Receive up to $10,000 to reduce waste, start or improve recycling, and/or start organics recovery
  • Get free bin labels 

2. Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Program

  • Get rid of smaller amounts of hazardous waste such as solvents, paints, used oil and fuel at The Recycling Zone



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.