Tips for Recycling

All residents and commercial properties in Dakota County, including multifamily, must recycle a designated list of materials and all haulers serving Dakota County must accept these items.

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.
Safe to Recycle Examples:
Paper Newspaper & inserts
  Magazines & catalogs
  Mail & office papers
Cardboard Corrugated cardboard
  Paperboard (such as cracker boxes)
Cartons Milk & juice cartons
  Soup, broth, and wine cartons
  Juice boxes
Metal Cans Aluminum, tin, and steel cans
Glass Bottles & Jars  
Plastic Bottles, Containers & Jugs Containers numbered 1, 2, or 5
  Soda, juice and water bottles
  Milk and juice jugs
  Margarine, cottage cheese, and other tubs and lids
  Laundry detergent bottles and jugs
  Clear berry and produce containers

NOT SAFE: Do NOT place in curbside Recycling Bins

  • Batteries
  • Black plastic
  • Ceramic dishware
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Food
  • Household hazardous waste/hazardous waste
  • Paper plates, cups, and napkins
  • Diapers
  • Pharmaceuticals and medicines/medical waste
  • Plastic bags and film
  • Metal cylinders (such as propane tanks)
  • Scrap metal* (such as pots and pans)
  • Shredded paper*
  • Styrofoam
  • Tanglers (such as chains, extension cords, hoses, string lights)
  • Trash
  • Yard waste and Christmas trees
  • All items banned from being placed in the trash or recycling in state or local law, including: electronics, major appliances, sharps (lancetts, needles, syringes), tires
*Scrap metal and shredded paper are allowed in carts and dumpsters only if delivered to the Tennis Sanitation recycling facility. 

City Recycling Resources

Multifamily Recycling Program

Residents are required to recycle. Dakota County provides technical assistance, in-person education and funding to start or improve recycling at apartments, condominiums, townhomes, and independent senior living. Learn more about multifamily recycling requirements and resources

Event Recycling

Dakota County provides free event resources to support recycling and food scraps collection at your event.  

County Recycling Resources 

Business Recycling Program

Eligible businesses can receive funding to help reduce waste and start or improve recycling or food scraps collection. No match required. All businesses can get technical assistance, free container labels and educational resources. .

School Recycling Program

Grants are available to help prevent wasted food, reduce waste, improve recycling and food scraps collection, and educate students and staff. Request free recycling education performances, field trips, container labels and activity guides. Learn more about the County's school recycling programs.

Environmental Education Resources

Residents, businesses, schools and organizations are welcome to use free article templates, handouts, activity kits and more to educate about recycling, food scraps, household hazardous waste and waste prevention. Check out the County's educational resources for everyone.