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The Burnsville Ames Center continues to "wow the crowds" with its newest venture: organics recycling. Guests at the Ames Center may notice the new, brightly colored bins around the venue that feature traditional recycling, trash, and a special spot just for organic waste.

To make recycling easier, the new containers have labels showing what can be thrown where, and most of the items in the concession/bar have been switched to BPI-Certified compostable alternatives. While bottles, cans and paper handouts can continue to go in the regular blue recycling bin, things such as cups, plastic forks, napkins, apple cores, and most food containers can go into the green organics bin. Other items such as candy wrappers or chip bags should still go in the trash.

Many of these new BPI-Certified compostable items are made of a plant based plastic and look like they could go in the recycling bin. However, in order for them to be turned into compost, they will need to go in the green bin with other compostable items. If you are unsure if the item you purchased is compostable, check the item for the BPI Logo or just ask any staff member at the Ames Center. 

Organics recycling plays an essential role in keeping valuable materials out of landfills. Organics collected at the Ames Center will be brought to a local organics recycling facility to be turned into compost, a valuable soil additive. Compost improves soil quality, reduces erosion, reduces greenhouse gases, and decreases the need for chemical fertilizers. 

So, next time you’re at the Ames Center, grab an ice cold refreshment and make to sure throw the whole cup in the green bin when you’re done- straw too!

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.


Got a question about recycling? Not sure how to dispose of a household item?  Need information about yard waste sites, landfills, or The Recycling Zone?

If your question isn't covered by the content on this website, contact us directly via email or call us at 952-895-4559. 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.