• 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. Click on the tabs from the list below for more information about DVR's annual collection events. 

    Paper Shredding Events

    (Spring & Fall) Free document destruction events - Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, & Lakeville

    Garden Tool Swap

    (Spring) Swap gently used garden tools, décor, or plant-related equipment - Various locations

    Puzzle Swaps

    Swap gently used puzzles and games for all ages - Various locations

    Fix-It Clinics

    (June-Nov) Come to a Fix-It Clinic to repair your broken items to divert them from the landfills.

    DVR Summer Drop-off

    (June) Electronics and appliances - Burnsville Maintenance Facility

    Sports Equipment Donation Drive

    Sports equipment donation drive for military kids with the United Heroes League

    Apple Valley Clean-up Day

    (Fall) Furniture, carpet, electronics, other bulky items - Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center

    DVR Fall Drop-off

    (September) Electronics, appliances, scrap metal, shredding - Burnsville Maintenance Facility

    Halloween Swap

    (October) Bring your usable costumes and props to swap with others in the community

    Pumpkin Composting Event

    (November) Free pumpkin drop-off - Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, & Lakeville

    Shoe Recycling Event

    (November) Free shoe drop-off - Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, & Lakeville

    Holiday Lights Recycling

    (Nov. - Jan.) Free holiday lights collections - Various locations, check tab for more info

    Tips for drop-off days

    • Coordinate with your neighbors or friends to load up one vehicle to deliver items to the drop-off day in order to reduce wait times.
    • For your safety, do not step out of your vehicle during drop-off days. 
    • Do not pack batteries and bulbs together. Separating them will reduce likelihood of breakage and prevent hazardous spills. 
    • Consider donation before recycling whenever possible by using the Dakota County Reuse Guide.
    • Dakota County residents may attend any of the Dakota County drop-off days happening throughout the year. Paper shredding is often offered at all drop-off day events. To find other events, visit the Dakota County Recycling Guideand click Recycling Events
  • Apple Valley Clean-Up Day

    Event Details

    Date: Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Family Aquatic Center, 14421 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Apple Valley

    For Apple Valley Residents ONLY. Must show proof of residence. 

    Accepted Items 

    • Appliances: $25-35/item  
    • Tires:
      Car: $10 each; Semi: $10 each, Tractor: $25 each
    • Scrap metal: $5-10/item
    • Motorized Equipment: $35/item
    • Mattress and box springs: $10-35 each
    • Furniture:
      Recliners, sofas, love seats: $15-20
      Pull-out sofas: $25
      Wooden chairs: $5
    • Carpet and padding: $1/square yard 
    • Home remodeling debris: $10-50/pickup load
    • Miscellaneous: $5-100 (based on volume) 
    • Document destruction: FREE

      Cash or check payable to City of Apple Valley

    Not Accepted

    • Any yard waste
    • Business waste
    • Railroad ties and treated lumber
    • Pharmaceuticals

    For more information about the drop-off event, or questions about recycling items not accepted at this event, contact Dakota Valley Recycling at 952-895-4559.

  • DVR Fall Drop-Off Event

    The DVR Fall Drop-off Event will be on Saturday, September 28, 2024 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Burnsville Maintenance Facility. The drop-off is open to all Dakota County Residents. 

    We will NOT be accepting hazardous waste at this event. The Recycling Zone (3365 Dodd Rd, Eagan) accepts hazardous waste, electronics, and scrap metal for freeall year long. Accepted items at the Recycling Zone include paints, chemicals, cleaners, oil, electronics, scrap metal, bulbs, batteries and more. Recycling Zone hours are:

    Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Thursday: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Saturday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    DVR Fall Drop-off Event Details

    Date: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2024
    Time: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
    Location: Burnsville Maintenance Facility
    13713 Frontier Court, Burnsville MN 

    ITEMS ACCEPTED AT NO COST:  box of household hazardous waste

    • *Electronics: VCRs, DVD players, computers (not monitors), printers, computer accessories, stereos, digital cameras, fax equipment, electronic gaming systems, cell phones and other miscellaneous electronic devices.
    • *Misc. Electric Household Items: Vacuum cleaners, carpet sweepers, coffee makers, blenders (without glass), mixers, bread makers, fryers, food sealing equipment, electric knives, clothes irons, shaving equipment, hair dryers, holiday lights, space heaters, radios, clocks, telephones, fans, cameras, toaster ovens and misc. electric tools (drills, sanders, etc).  Batteries must be removed from all devices.  Lawn mower and bike
    • *Scrap Metal: Metal grills (remove propane tank), metal lawn furniture and other scrap metal items (try to remove as many non-metal parts as possible).    
    • Appliances: Furnaces and trash compactors
    • Bicycles: drop-off bicycles of any size to be recycled.      
    • Mattresses & Box springs: for recycling. For reuse options, click here.
    • Document Destruction: Computer paper, copy paper, envelopes, letterhead, notepad/legal paper, fax paper, junk mail, file folders, phone message notes. Paper clips and staples DO NOT have to be removed. No cardboard boxes, binders or rubber bands.

    ITEMS ACCEPTED FOR A PER-ITEM FEE (cash or check only):  stove appliance

    • Prices will be updated in August 2024
    • **Electronics: Televisions and computer monitors
    • Appliances: Appliances will be accepted for a per item fee including:
      • Washers 
      • Dryers 
      • Air conditioners 
      • Microwaves 
      • Hot water heaters 
      • Water softeners 
      • Stoves/ovens 
      • Refrigerators 
      • Freezers 
      • Dehumidifiers 
      • Dishwashers 
      • Misc. Appliances 
    • *Power equipment: Push & riding lawn mowers, snow blowers, weed whips, pressure washers, chainsaws, air compressors, and other electric and battery operated equipment. Drain all gas and engine fluids.
    • *Scrap metal: Miscellaneous scrap metal items will be accepted and charged per vehicle-load at $X/Vehicle Load as long as it is free of wood/plastic debris.

    Items NOT ACCEPTED at this event:

    • *NO hazardous waste:for free, year-round disposal options, click here.
    • **NO tires: for disposal options, click here.
    • NO carpet: for disposal of carpet and carpet padding, click here.
    • NO furniture: for reuse options of furniture in good condition, click here.  For disposal options, click here.
    • NO ammonia-gas appliances (such as RV appliances): ammonia-power appliances can be brought to JR's Advanced Recycling for a fee. For more information, click here.
    • NO business waste: If you are a business with small amounts of hazardous waste, you may qualify for Dakota County's Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) program. For more information, click here. 

    *Accepted for free at the Recycling Zone year-round
    **Accepted for a small fee at the Recycling Zone year-round

    For more information, or to find out if your item is accepted at the Drop-Off Day, call 952-895-4511

    The Hazardous Waste Collection Event is partially funded by the city of Burnsville, Dakota County, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

  • Event and Party Recycling Resources

    Make your next event or gathering a green one! Dakota Valley Recycling can help you plan a low-waste event by providing free resources to residents and event planners. View the following guides to get started.

    Free Guides

    1. Planning a low waste event

    2. Reduce your waste guide for vendors

    3. Vendors that sell compostable products

    Borrow Supplies

    If you live in Apple Valley, BurnsvX-Frame Set-Upille, Eagan, or Lakeville, Dakota Valley Recycling also has free and easy to use recycling resources for your event including: 

    • Portable recycling, organics, and trash stations
    • Signs and banners
    • Bags and litter grabbers

    Contact Jackson Becker by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or by phone (952-895-4511) to reserve equipment. Please note that for larger events requiring 10 or more frames/stations, we will direct you to use Dakota County resources

    Set up disposal

    In order to recycle what you collect, you will have to arrange for a pick up service through a licensed hauler. For a list of licensed commercial haulers, visit our hauler guide here

    If you collected organics during your event including food and compostable products, you must arrange a separate pick-up for the material to go to a commercial organics recycling site. You may set that service up with your selected hauler. If food and food scraps only were collected, you may place that in a backyard composter.

    If you collected any hazardous materials during your event including but not limited to paints, cleaners, fuels, and most products labeled dangerous, flammable, combustible, poisonous, or corrosive, you will need to bring these items to The Recycling Zone in Eagan. Residents are able to drop off hazardous waste for free during open business hours.  

  • Green Your Holidays

    Did you know that the volume of trash generally increases by 25% between Thanksgiving and New Years? Help reduce that waste with some easy reducing and recycling holiday tips. 

  • 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

    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.

  • Sidewalk Salt

    For years, doctors have told people to stick to a low-salt diet.  According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), our waters should follow the same advice.icy sidewalk in the winter

    When snow and ice start to accumulate on Minnesota roads, parking lots, and sidewalks, one of the more common reactions is to apply salt, which contains chloride--a water pollutant.  When snow and ice melt, most of the salt goes with it, washing into our lakes, streams and rivers.  Once in the water, there’s no way to remove the chloride, and it becomes a pollutant.

    According to Brooke Asleson, MPCA project manager for the Twin Cities Metro Area Chloride Project, “salt is a real threat to water quality.  It only takes one teaspoon of road salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water.  We are trying to spread the word that less is more when it comes to applying salt because at high concentrations, chloride can harm the fish and plant life in our waters.”

    Check out the MPCA's video on winter sidewalk and driveway maintenance, with tips on types of salt, when to use it and how much to use:

    Here are some ways for homeowners to reduce salt use while still making sure your sidewalk and driveway is safe:

    • Shovel.  The more snow and ice you remove manually, the less salt you will have to use and the more effective it can be.  Break up ice with an ice scraper and decide if application of a de-icer or sand is even necessary to maintain traction.
    • More salt does not mean more melting.  Use less than four pounds of salt per 1,000 square feet (an average parking space is about 150 square feet).  One pound of salt is approximately a heaping 12-ounce coffee mug.
    • 15 degrees is too cold for salt to work.  Most salts stop working around this temperature.  Instead, use sand for traction.
    • Sweep up extra salt.  If salt or sand is visible on dry pavement, it is no longer doing any work and will be washed away.

    To learn more about what you can to reduce chloride in our waters, visit the agency’s Twin Cities Metro Area Chloride Project webpage.

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.