Trash & Recycling

Trash Collection

Apple Valley licenses haulers to provide trash collection services to residents. The City is divided into hauling zones. The licensed haulers serve residents within each zone on an assigned day.

Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous products require special disposal. The Dakota County Recycling Zone is available to accept your household hazardous waste (products labeled dangerous, flammable, combustible, poisonous, or corrosive).

Dakota Valley Recycling

The Cities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Lakeville, and Eagan jointly administer the recycling program under Dakota Valley Recycling. Visit the Dakota Valley Recycling website for useful information, guides, and resources on recycling.

Annual Recycling Events

Dakota Valley Recycling coordinates multiple opportunities every year for residents to recycle bulky items, hazardous waste, and other problem materials that are not accepted curbside. Most events are open to all residents within Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, and Lakeville. Some of the events are free, and others require small disposal fees. Learn more.

Organics Drop-Off Site

Residents are encouraged to bring organic waste to the Dakota County drop-off site located at the Central Maintenance Facility. The site is free to use and was opened in August 2023. As of 2024, the site has already collected over 60 tons of food waste which was turned into valuable soil additive instead of going into a landfill which would have created greenhouse gas that’s 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Learn more.

  1. What to Recycle
  2. Recycling Requirements
  3. County Recycling Resources

What to Recycle

Residents are required to recycle. Recycling at home is easy once you know what goes in your recycling bin. 

Recycling 101 Guide

View the Recycling 101 Guide to see what should be recycled.

Recycling Rules

Follow these rules to ensure your recycling gets recycled:

  • Do not use plastic bags. Place recyclables loose in your recycling cart or a paper bag.
  • Empty and dry bottles, jars, and containers. They don't have to be perfect — just free of most residue.
  • Leave caps on containers.
  • Empty and flatten boxes.
  • Check the Recycling Guide if you are not sure about an item.

Non-Recyclable Items

Do not put the below items in your recycling cart. Check the Dakota Valley website to learn how to dispose of items that cannot go in the trash or be recycled.

  • Batteries
  • Food and liquids
  • Paper plates, cups, and napkins
  • Plastic bags and wrap 
  • Shredded paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Tanglers (e.g., chains, extension cords, hoses, string lights)
  • Trash

Tips on Managing Trash and Recycling Containers

View a slideshow that explains trash container storage requirements and shares best practices for container storage.