Instead of throwing Mr. Jack-o-Lantern in the trash, residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, and Lakeville can drop off their pumpkins at Dakota Valley Recycling's annual pumpkin composting event. This year, the event was held at FOUR locations making it easier than ever to carve some time into your schedule! The event is free for all participants.


Drop-off Locations

Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Pkwy (southwest parking lot)
Eagan, MN 55121

Apply Valley Maintenance Facility
6442 140th St. W.
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Burnsville Market Garden
260 Civic Center Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337

Lakeville Police Station
9237 183rd St. W.
Lakeville, MN 55044

In 2019, we collected 44,800 lbs of pumpkins! That's 10,000 lbs more than 2018! Join us this year in shattering last year's record, and don't forget to bring your neighbor's pumpkin too!

What happens to the pumpkins?

All pumpkins are brought to the local Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Organics Recycling Facility where they will be turned into compost - a valuable soil additive. Compost improves soil quality, reduces erosion, reduces greenhouse gases, and decreases the need for chemical fertilizers.

Questions about this event? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (952) 895-4515

You might also be interested: Recycle Your Old Shoes November 13-20 2023

These events are coordinated by Dakota Valley Recycling. For more information, and the Apple Valley and Burnsville drop-off locations, visit