The commercial sector generates more than half of the total waste in Dakota County, and nearly two-thirds of the waste from business, non-profits and other organizations is recyclable.
Commercial building owners in the seven-county metro area, including Dakota County, that generate four cubic yards of trash per week must recycle at least three materials.
Recycling is an important way to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, and reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions it takes to manufacture new materials.
Dakota County offers free bin labels to all business in the County at no charge. Businesses can also apply for funding up to $10,000 per location to jump-start or improve recycling, start organics recycling (food waste) programs, or to reduce waste. Visit Dakota County’s website for more information on how to apply for funding.
Multi Family Property Recycling
Dakota County provides technical assistance, in-person education and funding to start or improve recycling at apartments, condominiums, townhomes, and independent senior living. Learn more.
School Recycling Program
Grants are available to help prevent wasted food, reduce waste, improve recycling and organics collection, and educate students and staff. Request free recycling education performances, field trips, container labels and activity guides. Learn more.
Environmental Education Resources
Residents, businesses, schools and organizations are welcome to use free article templates, handouts, activity kits and more to educate about recycling, organics, household hazardous waste and waste prevention. Learn more.