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Recycle  Recycling haulers are collecting more types of plastics than in the past, so contact your recycling hauler for a detailed list on which types are accepted in your curbside recycling container.

Recyclable plastics
Place the following plastics in your curbside recycling container or bring to The Recycling Zone.
  • Plastic bottles and jugs
  • Yogurt, pudding and fruit cups
  • Margarine, cottage cheese and other plastic tubs
  • Produce, deli and take-out containers
  • Dishwashing liquid bottles and detergent jugs
  • Ketchup and salad dressing bottles
  • Milk and juice jugs
  • Shampoo, soap and lotion bottles
  • Water, soda and juice bottles

Not accepted

  • Styrofoam
  • Microwavable food trays

Recycling preparation tips

  • Give it a quick rinse.
  • It’s okay to leave the labels and lids on.
  • Do not place recyclables in plastic bags.

Plastic bags
Call your recycling service provider and check if they accept plastic bags for recycling, or bring plastic bags to The Recycling Zone. Or, participate in the It’s in the Bag™ program to recycle plastic bags at local grocery stores and retailers.   

Landscaping plastics
The following haulers accept black plastic garden pots with curbside recycling:
  • Nitti Sanitation
  • Highland Sanitation
  • GarbageMan of Burnsville
  • Waste Management
  • Dick's Sanitation/Lakeville Sanitary
  • Aspen Waste Systems
Just clean the pots of dirt before putting them with your recycling.

The Minnesota Nursery and Landscaping Association has more information about plastic pot recycling in the Twin Cities.


Place non-recyclable plastics, such as toys and containers that held automotive and yard products, should be placed in the garbage. Call your recycling service provider for a complete list of non-recyclable plastics. Place non-recyclable plastics in the garbage. 

Did you know? The plastic recycling industry provides jobs for more than 52,000 Americans.

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

Last updated: 11/13/2014 4:22 AM