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The Recycling Zone

Important Update: The Recycling Zone is Now Closed

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, and running at least through April 1, The Recycling Zone in Dakota County is closed to residents and businesses. For the health and safety of all during these unprecedented times, Dakota County is closing all public-facing county services.

Please do NOT leave any drop-off items at the entry gate, and do NOT throw them in the trash. We kindly ask you to consider the environment and save items until we reopen. Thank you!

See the official announcement here.

Your backyard is our backyard, too. That philosophy has fostered a long-standing partnership between Gopher Resource and the county where we are headquartered.

For the past 27 years, Gopher Resource has operated The Recycling Zone in Dakota County, a community recycling center located adjacent to our Eagan campus. The center provides safe, convenient recycling of select household waste, electronics and general recyclable items that would otherwise load up landfills. Most materials are accepted at no charge to county residents and businesses.

The updated drop-off process gives residents faster, easier ways to recycle waste and contribute to the reuse area – without leaving their vehicle. With a driver’s license or identification in hand, drivers first stop at an exterior kiosk to have their card scanned. From there, drivers are directed into a specific drop-off lane where staff unload vehicles.

NOTE: Items must be in bags or containers residents are willing to leave behind.

Materials Accepted

  • Household hazardous waste – aerosols, paints, batteries, etc.
  • Reusable products – lawn and garden products, paint, cleaning products, etc.
  • Recyclables – aluminum, cardboard, glass, plastic, scrap metal, paper, etc.
  • Household electronics

For a full list of materials accepted and associated fees, please see The Dakota County Recycling Zone website

Operating Hours

  • Closed until at least Wednesday, April 1

Quick Facts (annually)

The Recycling Zone is Minnesota's second-largest household hazardous waste and recyclables facility, with one of the lowest-cost-per-vehicle operating ratios.

  • Serves over 70,000 residents and businesses
  • Collects over 3.3 million pounds of hazardous waste
  • Collects over 1.7 million pounds of aluminum, plastics, glass and paper waste
  • Diverts 1.3 million pounds of electronics from landfills
  • Facilitates the reuse of over 425,000 pounds of paint, cleaning supplies and other materials

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