Business Recycling Requirements

Business Recycling in Farmington

The City of Farmington remains committed to recycling, and we ask our local businesses to partner with us in our efforts. A few reminders regarding Dakota County's recycling requirements:

  • Dakota County Ordinance 110 requires that all businesses have recycling service, with an option to self-haul recycling to a recycling facility. Therefore, all businesses should have a recycling cart or dumpster as part of their recycling service that they can use for proper disposal of cardboard.
  • Dakota County Ordinance 110, Section 16.02, A4 also states that all businesses must "Ensure that the collection schedule and container capacity are sufficient to contain all the recyclables collected...". Further, Section 16.05, A2 states: "Property owners, managers, and event sponsors shall... Provide a collection schedule and containers adequate to meet the requirements of this ordinance". Therefore, if your current recycling service does not meet your needs, you must work with your hauler to increase capacity.
All residents and commercial properties in Dakota County, including multifamily, must recycle a designated list of materials and all haulers serving Dakota County must accept these items:

Acceptable recyclable materials glass, plastic, metal, paper

Recycle Right

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.

Not SAFE in recycling dumpster or curbside bin

Do NOT place in recycling dumpster or curbside Recycling Bins:
  • Batteries
  • Black plastic
  • Ceramic dishware
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Food
  • Household hazardous waste/hazardous waste
  • Paper plates, cups, and napkins
  • Diapers
  • Pharmaceuticals and medicines/medical waste
  • Plastic bags and film
  • Metal cylinders (such as propane tanks)
  • Shredded paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Tanglers (such as chains, extension cords, hoses, string lights)
  • Trash
  • Yard waste and Christmas trees
  • All items banned from being placed in the trash or recycling in state or local law, including: electronics, major appliances, sharps (lancets, needles, syringes), tires.
Go to Dakota County Recycling Requirements for additional information.

If you have questions regarding the county’s requirements or would like assistance with recycling at your business, please contact Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator Violet Penman at 612-268-9097 or via e-mail at [email protected].
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