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 smaller the cart you need, and 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.