What can I recycle at home? Where can I bring yard waste? Where can I find info about special events like pumpkin collections, paper shredding, the composting drop-off site, or shoe recycling, check out the DVR annual recycling events. To find out where to recycle, drop off compost, or get rid of stuff visit the online Recycling Guide directory.
Dakota Valley Recycling (DVR) is the site of Eagan’s recycling department. It is a staff we share with the cities of Eagan, Burnsville, Apple Valley, and Lakeville. Their site and staff have lots of good resources to help you reduce the waste you create, recycle, compost, or find information related to garbage and recycling pick-up. You can also give them a call at (651) 675-5011.
Dakota County offers Recycling Resources for the following:
- Business Recycling Program
- Multifamily Recycling Program
- School Recycling Program
- Event Recycling Requirements and Resources
- Environmental Education Resources
What items are accepted at The Recycling Zone and when can I bring them there?
Where do I take my yard waste?
Where do I take unwanted appliances?
Where are the transfer stations and landfills in my area?
Have other questions about recycling, composting, garbage, household hazardous waste and beyond? Go to the Dakota Valley Recycling homepage or call (651) 675-5011.
Multifamily property owners and managers are responsible for ensuring collection and hauling services are provided to tenants.
Multifamily residential buildings with four or more attached residential units and a common waste contract must meet collection and recycling requirements, including:
- Have recycling service
Contract with a trash hauler for recycling collection services or self-haul recyclables to a recycling facility. Recycling containers must have a capacity equivalent to at least 0.1 cubic yard per week for each dwelling unit. Work with your hauler to increase service levels if carts or dumpsters are overflowing.
- Collect designated materials
Provide recycling containers in buildings and on grounds to collect Dakota County's Designated Recyclables from employees and residents.
- Locate recycling containers with trash containers
Wherever there is a trash container or chute, there must be a recycling container or chute within 10 feet on all outdoor grounds and in all common areas. Recycling containers must be large enough to collect all recyclables, and not overflowing.
- Label containers
Label each indoor and outdoor container according to Dakota County labeling requirements. Replace labels if they become damaged, unreadable or if text or images conflict with county label requirements.
- Provide recycling education
Deliver standardized recycling education at least once a year to residents, employees and contractors who manage waste. Provide education to new residents, staff, and contractors within 30 days of move-in or hire and within 30 days of a substantial change to the waste and recycling program. Education must cover what and how to recycle in accordance with requirements listed on Dakota County's website.
Free Multifamily Recycling Resources
Free resources are available to help set up or improve recycling collection in multifamily properties. Find more information on the Dakota Valley Recycling website.
Free resources available include:
- Grant funding for recycling containers for common areas,
- Trash and recycling labels, posters, and recycling and disposal informational brochures,
- Educational presentations for residents and staff,
- Assistance setting up or improving your recycling program,
- Recycling tote bags for residents, and more!
All residents and commercial properties, including multifamily, in Dakota County must recycle a designated list of materials and all haulers serving Dakota County must accept these items. Beginning in 2022, all licensed haulers in Dakota County are required to pick up recyclables from residential and commercial properties on a weekly basis (Dakota County Ordinance 110).
Follow these rules to ensure your recycling gets recycled:
- Do not use plastic bags. Place recyclables loose in your recycling cart or in 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.
Put these items in your recycling
- Newspaper and inserts
- Magazines and catalogs
- Mail and office papers
- Corrugated cardboard
- Paperboard (e.g., cracker boxes)
- Milk and juice cartons
- Soup, broth, and wine cartons
- Juice boxes
- Aluminum, tin, and steel cans
Glass bottles and jars
Plastic bottles, containers, and jugs
- Containers numbered 1, 2 or 5
- Soda, juice, and water bottles
- Milk and juice jugs
- Margarine, cottage cheese, cream cheese, and other tubs and lids
- Laundry detergent bottles and jugs
- Clear berry and produce containers
Do not put these items in your recycling cart
- Food and liquids
- Paper plates, cups, and napkins
- Plastic bags and wrap
- Shredded paper
- Tanglers (e.g., chains, extension cords, hoses, string lights)
The City does not provide garbage service. The City does require that haulers be licensed and that they provide curbside recycling service to their residential customers.
The following haulers are licensed to provide trash and recycling services in Eagan. Click on the hauler name for more information and for current rates.
Small, medium and large-sized recycling containers may be available (inquire with your hauler). City Code stipulates that the cost of recycling containers can not be increased when choosing a larger-sized container.
Aspen Waste Systems of Minnesota, Inc.
Dick's Sanitation / Lakeville Sanitation
Highland Sanitation & Recycling
Republic Services of the Twin Cities
Trash and recycling containers are allowed on curb or collection point from 6:00 p.m. the night before collection to 6:00 a.m. the day of collection. At all other times, containers must be stored inside the home, garage or at a point behind the front of the home or garage so they are not seen from the street.
Monday: West of Lexington and north of Diffley Road
Wednesday: West of Lexington Avenue and South of Diffley Road
Friday: East of Lexington Avenue