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Recycling at home

Recycling at HomeMost recycling haulers have started accepting additional materials in curbside recycling programs. Materials being added include paper cartons and more types of plastics.

Call your hauler for detailed information on what is accepted.

LicensedResidentialRecyclingHaulers.pdfLicensed Residential Recycling Haulers by City
ResidentialRecyclingItemsAccepted.pdfHauler Items Accepted

The list below is your guide to what types of materials are collected by recycling haulers in Dakota County or for a more detailed list, see the Recycling at Home. If you don't see your item on the list, you can look for recycling options in the Green Guide.


  • Metal food and beverage containers
  • Glass food and beverage bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (soda, milk, water, shampoo, laundry soap, etc.).
  • Mail, office and school papers
  • Milk cartons, juice boxes, soup and broth cartons
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Phone books
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cereal boxes, cracker boxes, pasta boxes, cake mix boxes
  • Shoe boxes, gift boxes and electronics boxes
  • Boxes from toothpaste, medications and other toiletries
  • Pop and beer cases

Preparation: Rinse containers. Leave plastic caps and lids on.

Not Accepted

  • Plastic bags (retail and garbage bags)
  • Paper soiled with food
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Paper napkins or towels
  • Gift wrap
  • Plastic wrap
  • Styrofoam cups, plates and packaging
  • Motor oil bottles and other containers that held hazardous products
  • Drinking glasses, dishes, and vases
  • Window glass or mirrors
  • Empty paint cans and aerosol cans
  • Garden hoses and chains
  • Batteries

Maybe Accepted
Not all recycling haulers accept items in the list below. Contact your recycling hauler for detailed acceptance information.

  • Pizza boxes from delivery
  • Plastic produce and deli containers
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Aerosol cans
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • Scrap metal and aluminum foil

Tips to recycle more

  • Recycle in ResidentialRecycling.pdfevery room of your home.
  • Place recyclable materials in a paper bag or loose in your recycling cart . Do not use plastic bags.
  • Empty out bottles, jars and containers — no need to wash them.
  • Leave staples in papers and plastic in window envelopes.
  • Leave labels on cans and caps on containers.
  • Ask your hauler about a larger recycling cart, a second cart or weekly recycling collection.

Recycling in Apartments, Condos or Townhomes
Most multi-family residential properties have a recycling program provided by the building’s waste hauler. If this is the case, ask your manager for instructions on the recycling program. If your residence management does not provide on-site recycling, write a letter to them asking for this service to be provided for residents. For more information, call your city’s recycling coordinator.

Last updated: 9/27/2016 8:37 AM