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Camping and hiking are fantastic ways to adventure into and experience nature. Doing so in the summer lets us see plants and animals that don’t stick around in the winter. Although, sometimes we get so excited, we forget to plan accordingly and sustainably. It’s important to do this so that we can ensure nature remains if we want to keep exploring! Before you go out, take a look at these tips and tricks for camping in an environmentally friendly way. 

1. Borrow gear and go reusable: To begin your trip, do what you can to buy used gear or borrow from friends. Not only will this save you money, but it's also Reusable platesvery eco-friendly. There's no need to invest in expensive equipment if you won't use it regularly. Reusable napkins, dishware, and silverware are essential, as is earth-friendly soap to wash them. Lastly, don't forget to pack all your food in a reusable container so that you aren't producing waste once you've eaten.

 2. Use non-toxic: No one likes to sport a sunburn or endure thick clouds of bugs, so you'll likely be bringing sunscreen and bug spray. When you do, keep in mind the flora and fauna around you that don't need that protection- bring non-toxic! Not only will the air, greenery, and animal life thank you for caring, but you'll also save yourself from breathing in harsh chemicals. 

3. Pack it in, pack it out: Bring something to bring all of your waste in, or pack so that you don't generate waste. Cook with a portable portable camping stovestove so that you keep from impacting the ground with ash and burns from a fire. Campfires leave evidence of humans having been there and remember, you're the guest. If you do build a campfire, utilize the wood found on the ground or on your site- don't bring wood in to prevent the spread of invasive species. 

 4. Stay on the trail: Hiking is a great way to experience the naturally formed infrastructure around us, but remember we are visitors. Stay on the trail as you explore to prevent erosion and disruption of habitats of those who live there, plants and animals alike. Refrain from picking flowers and leave the rocks and logs alone. 

5. Sleep sustainably: In your search of the perfect spot to lay your camp, keep in mind the softness of the ground. The softer it is, the more likely you are to Campers on rockprovoke erosion in that area. This means going for gravel, solidly packed dirt, or even a slab of rock. Choose a spot that is designated for camping by the forest or park you're in- there's no need to make a new campsite if one already exits. By being conscious of where you sleep, you'll minimize your footprint as well as any damage to the area.

 6. Skip the gadgets: For your own enjoyment and to fully experience what's out there, keep your gadgets at home. Watch the stars and listen to the sounds at night instead of bringing a laptop or portable dvd player. Bring a map instead of a cell phone or use your cell phone sparingly to keep from staring at a screen. Do all that you can to fully immerse yourself in the experience and joys of camping! 

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Dakota County is currently revising its 2012-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan to properly manage trash, recyclables, food waste, and hazardous materials for 2017-2037. Dakota Valley Recycling is a part of this important effort that affects everyone in the County including residents, businesses, schools, organizations, haulers, and waste facilities. 

First Round Complete

Over 500 County residents and businesses provided input on key issues from November 2016 through February 2017. Take a look at the Round 1 results, which will shape the County’s draft waste management strategies. Curious about the project timeline? Check out the project overview here. 

Your Voice Matters

Later this spring, watch for Round 2 opportunities to provide your feedback on those draft strategies, and get more information on the Master Plan process on the County Solid Waste Master Plan website. Dakota County is using the County's Planning Commission as the advisory committee to periodically review recommendations. For more information refer to the Planning Commission's meeting minutes. 

 

Disposable wipes, used for changing baby diapers, personal hygiene, household cleaning, and more, are causing major issues for cities wastewater treatment stations. Although labeled ‘flushable’ or ‘septic safe’ these wipes do not break down the same way as toilet paper does. When flushed, these wipes catch on any imperfection in the sewer pipes, like debris or grease deposits, which creases a dam that grows in size until it fully clogs the pipes. These clogs put stress on community waste water collection and treatment systems, causing premature equipment repair and replacement. They can even lead to backups into homeowner’s basement. Clogs and backups are becoming more prevalent as ‘flushable’ wipes use increases. Luckily, there is a simple solution – throw them in the trash. Even though they may be labeled as ‘flushable’ or ‘septic safe,’ this is not a wastewater treatment endorsed term, all wipes belong in the trash.No Flush InfographicWipes in Trash Infographic

You can find a video from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency about how disposable wipes differ from toilet paper when flushed below.

 

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 free all 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

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.