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Recycle  Some paper is recyclable while some is not. Place recyclable paper in with curbside recycling or bring to The Recycling Zone

Recyclable paper
  • Boxes from toothpaste, medications and other toiletries
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cereal boxes, cracker boxes, pasta boxes, cake mix boxes
  • Greeting cards (no foil lining)
  • Mail, office and school papers
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Milk cartons and juice boxes
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Paper bags
  • Phone books
  • Shredded paper in closed paper bags
  • Shoe boxes, gift boxes & electronics boxes

Some recycling service providers are now collecting more types of plastics, paper and metal. Call your recycling service provider to find out if following items are acceptable in your curbside container:

  • Boxes from refrigerated or frozen foods
  • Pizza boxes
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Pop and beer cases


Place non-recyclable paper in the garbage.

Non-recyclable paper
  • Paper soiled with food
  • Gift wrap, tissue paper, gift bags
  • Paper towels, napkins, cups and plates

Did you know? Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans produce 5 million more tons of trash than usual. Much of this trash is packaging and gift wrap. Think of creative ways to wrap gifts and choose items with little or no packaging. For more information on no waste gift and wrapping ideas, visit and click "At the holidays."

Information on this page applies to households ONLY. Different rules may apply to businesses in Dakota County.

Last updated: 3/4/2014 5:50 AM