Business bulb and electronic collections on the second Tuesday of the month is ending June 13. Business can still use the Very Small Quantity Generator program for fluorescent bulb and electronic recycling.
Electronics and spent fluorescent lamps are collected for a fee from any businesses at The Recycling Zone on the second Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
It is illegal to throw fluorescent lamps and electronics in the trash because they contain hazardous components such as mercury, lead, PCBs, mercury and cadmium.
Transporting fluorescent lamps
- Count each type of lamp and bring the count with you to the Recycling Zone.
- Transport lamps in original cartons or similar containers to prevent breakage.
- Don’t tape lamps together.
Lamp and electronic disposal costs (prices subject to change)
Four foot and shorter straight fluorescent lamps – $0.25 each
Five foot and longer straight fluorescent lamps – $0.45 each
Compact fluorescent lamps – $0.35 each
Shatter-shielded fluorescent lamps – $1.30 each
U-shaped and circular fluorescent lamps – $0.35 each
HID and low-pressure sodium lamps – $0.95 each
Broken lamps (packaged in sealed containers) – $0.90 each or $1.00 per pound
LED lamps – $0.80 each
Neon lamps – $2.80 per pound
Capacitor or transformer – $6.15 per pound
Non-PCB ballasts – $0.45 per pound
PCB ballasts – $1.20 per pound
Mercury devices: thermostats, switches, thermometers, relays, manometers, barometers, thermocouples, gauges, etc. – $4.80 per pound
Electronics – $0.35 per pound
Batteries – $5.78 per pound
Neon lamps – $1.94 per pound
Capacitor or transformer – $10.10 per pound
Electronics (phones, computers, copiers, printers, Fax/answers machines, portable media players, small power tools, tablets, TVs and more) – $0.35 per pound
Alkaline batteries – $1.65 per pound
Button batteries – $5.78 per pound
Lead-acid batteries – Free
Lithium batteries – $4.78 per pound
Lithium ion (rechargeable) batteries – $1.65 per pound
Ni-Cad batteries – $1.65 per pound
Ni-MH batteries – $1.65 per pound
Free disposal for Xcel Energy customers
Xcel Energy customers can bring an Xcel Energy utility statement and receive free disposal of up to 10 fluorescent lamps once per year.
Hazardous Waste Drop-off
The Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) program helps businesses that produce smaller amounts of hazardous waste such as solvents, paints, used oil and fuels. Businesses and organizations are eligible to participate if they:
- Produce less than 220 pounds or about 22 gallons per month of hazardous wastes
- Make a one-time clean out of less than 2,200 pounds (about 220 gallons)
Apply for the VSQG program
- Review the item listing below.
- Submit a completed VSQG Program Application.
- Notify the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency of your waste activity on the EPA ID # Application Form.
Make an appointment to drop-off hazardous waste
Businesses that complete a program application will be able to schedule appointments to drop off waste at The Recycling Zone. Contact Rolland Meillier, 952-891-7545, for more information.
Acids – $1.75 per pound
Adhesives – $1.75 per pound
Aerosols – $1.16 per pound
Antifreeze – $0.17 per pound
Architectural Paint** – $0.00 per pound
Bases – $1.75 per pound
Carburetor cleaner – $1.75 per pound
Cleaning agents – $1.75 per pound
Compressed gas cylinders – $5.50 each
Corrosives – $1.75 per pound
Degreasers – $1.75 per pound
Fuels* – $0.31 per pound
Gasoline* – $0.31 per pound
Oil – Free
Oil filters – $0.43 each
Paint — Latex** – $0.44 per pound
Paint — Oil-based** – $0.44 per pound
Paint stripper – $1.75 per pound
Poisons – $1.75 per pound
Propane cylinders (1-100pounds) – $5.50 each; (disposable) $1.10 each
Solvents (clean, organic)* – $0.31 per pound
Thinner* – $0.31 per pound
Most other miscellaneous chemicals – $1.75 per pound
** Paid for by Paintcare MN (link)
* Special pricing may be available for drum quantities of these materials.
Dakota County reserves the right to refuse waste that is not transported in accordance with these requirements:
- Containers must be closed, labeled and in good condition, not rusted or leaking.
- Containers must be secured in the vehicle to prevent spills.
- A completed shipping paper must accompany any waste that is not being transported under a Materials of Trade (MOT) exemption.
Cash, check, and Visa/MasterCard are accepted forms of payment at the Recycling Zone. Make checks payable to Dakota County Property Taxation & Records. Businesses are issued a receipt for payment, which is due at the time of delivery.