Recycling, Waste Reduction and Sustainability

The City of Lakeville continues to promote waste reduction and sustainability throughout the community by offering various residential programs. The City also follows Dakota County’s Solid Waste Management Ordinance in an effort to make progress towards the state’s goal to recycle 75% of waste by 2030. In addition, the City prioritizes water conservation indoors and across the landscape. Funding for these initiatives comes from sources including (but not limited to) Clean Water Funds administered by the Board of Water and Soil Resources, the Dakota County Community Waste Abatement Grant, the Vermillion River Watershed and the Metropolitan Council’s Water Efficiency Grant.

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Recycling in Parks

The City of Lakeville offers residents a variety of facilities in which to recreate, including over 67 parks. To promote sustainability and waste reduction within these spaces, all trash cans are paired with recycling cans.

Organics Recycling 

Diverting waste that would otherwise be sent to landfills significantly reduces methane (a potent greenhouse gas) produced from the landfilling process. Not only does composting have this benefit, it also provides a nutrient rich dirt that can be used in various applications across the landscape. The City recycles organics at City Hall, the Heritage Center, Fire Station 1 and Ames Arena in an effort to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. Compostable plates and utensils are also offered for large public events hosted at the Lakeville fire stations and the Heritage Center.