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Notice of New Recycling Requirements for Dakota County

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:39 PM | Anonymous

On November 19, 2019, Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved amendments to Dakota County Ordinance 110, Solid Waste Management, with new trash management and recycling requirements for waste industry, businesses, events, and residents. 

County staff appreciate event representative engagement during the 2019 stakeholder engagement process.  Obtaining input and feedback allowed us to incorporate practical conditions and phased approaches. 

This notice notifies events and event venues of the new recycling requirements that affect them.  Please share this information with your Association members that operate in the County.  For reference, here is a list of cities and townships in the county.


Recycling Requirements.  Many events already recycle, but as event planners start to update procedures to address COVID 19, they may also need to update protocols to incorporate new recycling requirements. Owners, managers and sponsors of events, festivals and event venues (i.e., inside buildings and on grounds) will be required to:

  1. Recycle a designated list of materials following best practices. Best practices include:
  • Co-locate trash and recycling containers (within 10 feet of one another) 
  • Ensure containers are large enough and emptied frequently enough to capture all the recyclables.
  • Properly label all trash and recycling containers using standardized colors, images, and terminology according to county labeling standards.
  • Provide recycling education to event employees, housekeeping, and volunteers on proper recycling following county education requirements.
  • Submit an annual report for recycling compliance. The County will notify owners and managers when the reporting requirement goes into effect and provide a report form.
  1. In 2024, certain large events are required to collect back-of-house (from non-public areas only) food scraps.


More information including effective dates and resources to help with compliance can be found on the County‚Äôs website (, search event recycling). 

Please contact Jon Buck, Waste Regulation, with any questions about the new recycling requirements at or 952-891-7092.

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