***The Recycling Zone accepts the following materials from
residents only. ***
All items are accepted for free unless otherwise specified. A valid driver’s license is required when dropping off items.
Check the Green Guide
Can’t find what you need? Use the Dakota County Green Guide or call 952-891-7557 to see where you should take your stuff.
When you visit
- Bring a valid driver’s license.
- Use a box, bin or bag that you can leave at The Recycling Zone.
- Place items securely in a box or bin in a well ventilated space away from driver and passengers during transport.
- Keep bulbs and thermometers separate from batteries.
- Use sturdy, non-leaking, tightly-closed containers for chemicals. Do not place waste containers in garbage bags.
- Keep chemicals and liquids in original, labeled containers when possible — label materials not in their original container if you are sure of contents. Do not mix products together.
Household chemicals and hazardous waste accepted
The materials listed below are accepted from residents only during
all drop off hours
. For your safety and The Recycling Zone employee safety, place household chemicals in a box when transporting. Product contents should be labeled and in the original package. Never mix or pour household chemicals together.
- Auto batteries
- Batteries (all rechargeable, single-use, and button cell)
- Fire extinguishers
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Home sharps (needles, syringes, lancets)*
- Household cleaners
- Latex/oil paint
- Lawn and garden products
- Mercury thermometers
- Pool and spa chemicals
- Propane tanks/gas cylinders
- Used oil/filters
- Weed killer
- Most products labeled dangerous, flammable, poison, combustible or corrosive
*Place sharps into a rigid container such as plastic laundry detergent bottle with the lid taped shut and label the container "Do not recycle: household sharps."
The following electronics are accepted from residents for free unless otherwise noted.
- Answering machines
- Copiers (desktop only)
- Computer equipment (keyboards, mouse, towers, hard drives, modems, etc.)
- DVD players
- Electronic games systems (Wii™, PlayStation™, Xbox®, Nintendo DS™, Leap Frog®, VTech®, etc.)
- Fax machines
- iPods®, MP3 and other portable media players
- Monitors ($10 each starting Aug. 1, 2016)
- Computer terminals/hard drives
- Printers (desktop only)
- Scanners (desktop only)
- Stereo equipment
- Telephones (including cell phones and smart phones)
- Televisions ($10 each starting Aug. 1, 2016)
- VCR players
Small household electronics accepted*
- Blenders (remove glass pitcher)
- Bread makers
- Carpet sweepers
- Coffee makers (remove glass carafe)
- Electric knives
- Electric toothbrushes
- Food sealing equipment
- Hair dryers
- Metal tools (drills, screwdrivers, sanders, small saws, etc.)
- Portable fans
- Shaving equipment
- Small Heaters
- Toaster ovens
- Vacuum cleaners (remove bags)
* Remove batteries from all items.
The following items are accepted for recycling and should be separated by type. Call
651-905-4520 to arrange for loads larger than would fit in the bed of a pick-up truck.
- Aluminum foil (clean)
- Aluminum cans
- Tin and steel food cans
- Cartons (milk, juice boxes, soup, broth, wine)
- Cooking oil
- Boxes (cake mixes, cereal, toothpaste, pasta and other dry goods)
- Glass bottles and jars
- Holiday lights and cords (Christmas lights and extension cords)
- Lawn mowers
- Magazines and catalogs
- Office and school papers
- Bottles and jugs
- Yogurt, pudding and fruit cups
- Margarine, cottage cheese and other plastic tubs
- Produce, deli and take-out containers
- Shampoo, soap and lotion bottles
- Dishwashing liquid bottles and detergent jugs
- Phone books
- Printer cartridges (inkjet only)
- Scrap metal
- Shredded paper (in a closed paper bag)
- Snow blowers
- 15” or smaller: $5 each
- 16-17”: $6 each
- 18-19”: $7 each
- 20-22”: $8
- Tire on rim: add $1 each to price above
Use the Green Guide to find out how to get rid of these items.
- Asbestos-containing materials
- Empty containers that held hazardous products
- Medical equipment
- Medical waste
- Microwavable food trays
- Packing peanuts
- Plastic bags
- Plastic plant pots
- Radioactive materials
- Water heaters