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The City works in partnership with Dakota Valley Recycling (DVR) to help residents get all their recycling questions answered. Contact them for more information at or by phone at 952-895-4559.

DVR also produces an annual Environmental Guide (PDF).

Licensed waste haulers provide recycling and compost collection on the same day as your trash collection. Haulers deliver bins to new customers.

All residents and commercial properties, including multifamily, in Dakota County must recycle a designated list of materials and all haulers serving Dakota County must accept these items.

Follow these rules to ensure your recycling gets recycled:

  • Do not use plastic bags. Place recyclables loose in your recycling cart or in 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.

Put these items in your recycling: 

  • Newspaper and inserts
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Mail and office papers 


  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Paperboard (e.g., cracker boxes) 


  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Soup, broth, and wine cartons
  • Juice boxes 

Metal cans

  • Aluminum, tin, and steel cans

Glass bottles and jars

Plastic bottles, containers and jugs

  • Containers numbered 1, 2 or 5
  • Soda, juice and water bottles
  • Milk and juice jugs
  • Margarine, cottage cheese, cream cheese and other tubs and lids
  • Laundry detergent bottles and jugs
  • Clear berry and produce containers

DO NOT put these items in your recycling cart:

  • 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

Organics Drop-off

The City of Lakeville partnered with Dakota County to establish an organics drop-off point in Lakeville. The food scraps collected are used in compost. The drop-off point is located on the west side of the Lakeville Water Treatment Facility at 18400 Ipava Avenue. Access to the drop-off requires registration with Dakota County. Visit Dakota County's website for more information.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day is no longer being offered in Lakeville. For more information on where to bring items to recycle, including household hazardous waste, visit Dakota County's website or Dakota Valley Recycling's website.

Watershed Cleanup Day

Volunteer groups help clear debris from roadsides, trails, and parks throughout the City at this annual event held in April near Earth Day. For more information or to volunteer, call 952-985-4500.

Recycling Tips from Dakota County