Recycling Program at DCTC

College received nearly $28,700 in Dakota County sustainability grant funds

Dakota County Technical College is launching a more robust recycling program in partnership with Dakota County. The college received Dakota County School Waste Prevention and Recycling grants totaling nearly $28,700. Dakota County is mandating that recycling bins and trash cans be located close to each other. Recycling is Earth-friendly, responsible and required by law for businesses.

DCTC used the sustainability funds to purchase recycling bins from CleanRiver Recycling Solutions. The dual bins, one for recycling and one for trash, are conveniently situated around the college’s Rosemount campus in shared hallways and office spaces.

The recycling bins are single stream, meaning all recyclables go in the same container. Signs on the bins provide guidance regarding what to recycle and what to trash. Future phases of the program will include compost recycling.


CleanRiver recycling bins are made from recycled milk jugs. The college’s bin purchase diverted almost 4,000 milk jugs from landfills.

Why recycle?

Minnesota State is encouraging more sustainable practices: DCTC can lead the way.

Environmental reasons


Creates new markets and new industries in Minnesota

  • 60,000 jobs
  • $3.4 billion in wages
  • $15.7 billion in economic activity
    Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPA) Recycle More


Recycling food and organics

  • Food doesn’t burn well
  • Organics have a questionable landfill life
  • University of Arizona researchers uncovered still-recognizable 25-year old hot dogs, corn cobs and grapes in a landfill
  • Decomposition requires three components generally unavailable in a landfill:
    • Sunlight
    • Moisture
    • Oxygen
  • Compost is a valuable soil addition
    Source: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce: Waste Wise

It’s the law

  • All businesses in Dakota County are required to recycle
  • Recycling and waste will be weighed
  • Fines will be issued if the college doesn’t meet certain recycling benchmarks
    Source: Dakota County

It’s good for the planet

  • The commercial sector generates more than half the total waste in Dakota County
  • Nearly two-thirds of that waste is recyclable
  • Recycling helps conserve natural resources and reduces environmental pollution
    Source: Dakota County

Learn more about the recycling program at DCTC by contacting:

Erica Kantola
Facilities & Operations Coordinator
Engineering Operations
Inver Hills Community College