Requirements for standardized labels
Dakota County developed recycling, organics and trash labels that meet Ordinance 110 requirements for standardized solid waste abatement messaging.
Order labels: Free standardized recycling, organics and trash labels are available to order in a variety of sizes.
Order free school labels.
Download labels: Download standardized recycling, organics and trash labels. Labels are available in a variety of sizes. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org to request label PDFs or design files.
Make your own labels: Schools can make their own labels by following the requirements below for terminology, color and images to indicate the material accepted.
All custom labels must be approved by the county prior to use. Send approval requests with label examples to
Recycling label: Minimum requirements
Label Title: Recycle or Recycling
- Paper and Cardboard
2. Label color: Blue (prefer dark blue), such as for the border and label title area
Label Images: Labels must include:
Labels on containers that collect recyclables separately (e.g., cardboard only, aluminum cans only) only need an image(s) of the material collected.
4. Material preparation statement, such as: Empty and dry items, flatten boxes, empty liquids, no food (prefer at the bottom of the label).
Trash label: Minimum requirements
1. Label title: Trash
2. Label Color: Gray or black, such as for the border and label title area
3. Images: Trash labels do not need to have images, but schools can use
county standardized images of items that belong in the trash.
Organics label: Minimum requirements
1. Label title: Organics
Subtitle (optional): Food Scraps
Label color: Green, such as for the border and label title area
indicate organics items collected (prefer on a white background so images are easily visible): Schools can use
county standardized food scraps images or use their own images.