Recycling & Trash

Recycle bottles, paper and cans!

All residents are required to recycle the items below. Requirements apply to residents living in single-family homes, apartments, townhomes,  condominiums, duplexes and assisted living.  ​

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.

Paper

  • Newspaper and inserts
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Mail and office papers

Cardboard

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Paperboard (e.g., cracker boxes)

Cartons

  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Soup, broth, and wine cartons
  • Juice boxes

Metal cans

  • Aluminum, tin, and steel cans

Glass bottles and jars

  • 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

  • Batteries
  • Black plastic
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Electronics
  • Food
  • Diapers
  • Plastic bags and film
  • Shredded paper
  • Tanglers (e.g., chains, extension cords, hoses, string lights)

 

Free your bottles, cans and paper

Leave the plastic bag behind. Your bottles, cans and paper should go in your recycling cart loose – do not use a plastic bag for your recyclables. If you need a bag, use a paper bag. Plastic bags ruin the recycling process and don’t get recycled because they:

  • Prevent workers from seeing if bad items are mixed in with good items.
  • Wrap around machines at the sorting facility.
  • Workers must crawl into sorting machine to cut out tangled bags.

Plastic bags, bread bags, plastic wrap around paper towels and bubble wrap can be dropped off at grocery stores for proper recycling. Find drop-off locations in the online Recycling Guide at www.dakotacounty.us.

Do good with food scraps

​​A third of our trash is made of organics materials like food scraps, yard waste and compostable paper. Organics are any item that came from a plant or animal that will turn into a soil-like material called compost.

Before thinking about composting, see how well you are at not wasting food. Dakota County offers helpful tips and tools to save money and reduce wasted food

Organics recycling programs include composting  at home and drop-off sites. Curbside pick-up of organics from households does not yet exist in Dakota County. ​

 

Partially funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Dakota County.