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*    Fix-It Clinic


*    Car Seat Recycling - TerraCycle and Target:   TerraCycle and Target have partnered to collect car seats from September 1-11 at 56 Minnesota stores. All car seats collected through this program will be recycled through TerraCycle. Car seats will be broken down into different materials (plastic, metal, cloth, etc.) and made into new products. 


 Bring your old car seat to the designated Target Take Back recycling area at a participating Target store.

 Drop-off your car seat (all brands accepted) at a collection box in the front of the store or in the baby/kids floor section. In return for recycling your car seat, you will earn a 20% discount on a new car seat.

 More information 

Participating Dakota County stores:

15150 Cedar Ave., Apple Valley
 1750 S. Robert St., West St. Paul
 7841 Amana Trail, Inver Grove Heights
 2000 Cliff Lake Rd., Eagan
 810 County Road 42 W., Burnsville
15560 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley
875 General Sieben Dr., Hastings

*    Commercial recycling requirements go into effect on January 1, 2016

*    Business Recycling - Dakota County will provide free recycling labels

*    Fix-It Clinics

*    Take the challenge to reduce waste - Dakota County to host pilot project about food waste.

*    Yellowbook Recycling Options

How to choose a hauler:

Many Dakota County residents have the option of choosing who collects their waste and recycling. But with so many companies offering service in the area, making the right choice can seem intimidating. Choosing a new hauler can be a great time to evaluate what you throw away and how you can save money.

The less trash you produce, the less you will pay. Residential trash is taxed at 9.75 percent and recycling is not taxed.


Items collected in a recycling cart have to be recycled. It is illegal for haulers to collect items as recycling and then send them to a landfill or incinerator.



Not all recycling haulers accept the same materials for recycling. What they accept depends on the technology and types of materials accepted at the recycling facility they use. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to a potential hauler. Even if you’re sticking with your current hauler, consider contacting them to see if you can save money or recycle more types of materials.                        

Recyclable Materials

The following materials may be placed in curbside recycling bins:
  • Cans: Food and beverage cans, which include aluminum, tin, steel, or bimetal. Cans should be rinsed clean.
  • Corrugated cardboard: Cardboard needs to be broken down and tied into bundles. Please call your garbage hauler for preparation requirements. Cardboard should be kept separate from other recycled materials. Please note that the following are not accepted as recyclable - waxy or glossy cardboard, pizza boxes, and 12 or 24-pack beverage boxes.
  • Glass bottles and jars: Food and beverage bottles and jars only, including clear, green, and brown glass. Rinse clean and remove caps, lids, and rings. Please note that drinking glasses, ceramics, window glass, glass cookware, and glass mirrors are not accepted.
  • Magazines and catalogs: This includes shiny magazines like People, Sports Illustrated, etc.
  • Mixed mail: Includes envelopes / bills / letters, glossy advertising mail, but no foil-lined envelopes or cards.
  • Newspaper: This includes the glossy pages and advertisements.
  • Phone books
  • Plastic bottles with a neck: This includes pop, milk, cooking oil, laundry soap bottles, etc. Rinse clean and throw away caps, pumps, and rings.
  • Plastic containers: With #3 through#7, such as yogurt cups, ice cream buckets, and margarine tubs. Plastic bags are now being collected by some haulers. Call your recycling service provider for details.

Refuse Haulers
All refuse haulers must be licensed with the City of South St. Paul for residential and commercial collection.  Licensed refuse haulers

Special Note on Plastics
Some plastics are recyclable while some are not. Some recycling haulers are collecting more types of plastics than in the past, so contact your recycling hauler for a detailed list of which types they accept from your curbside recycling bin. Place recyclable plastics in with curbside recycling.

Cassandra Schueller
Recycling Coordinator

125 3rd Ave. N.
South St. Paul, MN 55075

Ph: 651-552-4118