There are several landfills and transfer stations in Dakota County that are open to the public. These facilities accept non-hazardous wastes such as garbage, bulky items, remodeling waste and other solid waste. They do not accept hazardous waste, tires and yard waste. Call for hours, specifics on materials accepted and associated fees.
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The City of Burnsville has several haulers licensed to operate within the City. Residents are responsible for selecting a hauler and contacting the company to set up their own pick-up service.
No matter which trash and recycling hauler you choose, your pick-up day will depend on the area of the city in which you live.
State law in Minnesota prohibits the disposal of yard waste with your garbage. If you have the ability to take your yard waste to a compost site, there a number of privately-run sites in the area. All yard waste disposal is subject to fees; call ahead for pricing. Residents can also schedule a yard waste pick-up, or recurring pick-ups, with their garbage service provider for an added fee.
Minnesota law prohibits appliances from being placed with household garbage because they have components that are harmful to human health and the environment. Major appliances no longer in usable condition must be recycled.
Dakota Valley Recycling offers a map of facilities that accept materials such as electronics, appliances, paint, yard waste, mattresses, furniture, carpet, lumber, medications, automotive materials and documents for shredding.
Although specifics vary by hauler, generally you can recycle all of the following items in your curbside recycling: plastic bottles, jugs, and containers, glass food and beverage jars of any color, aluminum and steel cans, cartons, all paper (mail, magazines, newspapers, etc.) and cardboard.
Composting is nature’s way of recycling materials, and it has many benefits. Besides conserving resources and diverting organic material from landfills, backyard composting can also save you money. By diverting your household’s food waste from the garbage, you can reduce the size and cost of your garbage container.
Dakota Valley Recycling provides education and information to residents and businesses in Burnsville, Eagan, Apple Valley and Lakeville. Visit their website for detailed information on waste disposal.