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Green To Go

Green To Go Environmentally Acceptable Packaging Ordinance

The Environmentally Acceptable Packaging Ordinance requires food and beverages prepared for immediate consumption and to-go must be placed in packaging that is: 

Recyclable materials must be recycled. Compostable plastics must be composted. The ordinance went into effect on April 22, 2015 (Earth Day). 

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Green to Go Exemptions end April 22, 2019 

The Minneapolis Health Department is holding a public meeting to discuss Green To Go product exemptions and to take public comments.

Early in 2018, The Minneapolis Health Department made the determination the Green To Go product exemptions would end April 22, 2019. 

After April 22, 2019, these products will no longer be exempt:

  • Polyethylene (PE) lined paper hot and cold cups and containers for liquids (soup, etc.), and

  • Rigid polystyrene lids for those containers. The containers are marked with a #6 inside three chasing arrows.  

The public meeting is:
Monday, January 28
9 to 11 a.m.
Eastside Neighborhood Services
1700 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact Leslie Foreman at 612-673-2301 or [email protected] by January 22, 2019. 

If you cannot attend the public meeting, email or mail your comments to the Health Department. 

Email comments to [email protected] or mail them to:
Minneapolis Health Department
Attn: Dan Huff
250 South 4th St, Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Submit comments by January 31, 2019.

Las excepciones Green To Go finalizan el 22 de abril de 2019

El Departamento de Salud de Minneapolis celebrará una reunión pública para discutir las excepciones de los productos Green To Go y para escuchar los comentarios del público.

A principios de 2018, el Departamento de Salud de Minneapolis tomó la determinación de que las excepciones de los productos Green To Go finalizarían el 22 de abril de 2019. 

Después del 22 de abril de 2019, estos productos ya no estarán exentos:

La reunión pública es el:
Lunes 28 de enerode
9 a 11 a.m.
Eastside Neighborhood Services
1700 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Si necesita interpretación o asistencia para participar en esta reunión  o información en un formato alternativo, comuníquese con Leslie Foreman llamando al 612-673-2301 o en [email protected] antes del 22 de enero de 2019. 

Si no puede asistir a la reunión pública, envíe sus comentarios al Departamento de Salud por correo electrónico o correo postal. 

Envíe sus comentarios por correo electrónico a
[email protected] o por correo postal a:
Minneapolis Health Department
Attn: Dan Huff
250 South 4th St, Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Envíe sus comentarios antes del 31 de enero de 2019.

Canshuur Dhaafka Alaabada Beekhaaminta Tamarta (Green To Go) oo ku eg 22ka Abriil 2019 

Waaxda Caafimaadka ee Minneapolis waxa ay qabaneysaa kulan dadweynaha u furan oo looga hadlayo canshuur dhaafkaa alaabada Beekhaaminta tamarta (Green T o Go) si loo dhageysto ra;yiga dadaweynaha. 

Horaantii sanadkkii 2018kii, Waaxda Caafimaadka ee Minneapolis waxa ay soo bandhigtay alaabada lagu helayo canshuur dhaaf ee beekhaaminta tamarta in ay ku egtahay 22ka Abriil 2019.  

Wixii ka dambeeya 22ka Abriil 2019, albaadaas ma yeelanayaan canshur dhaaf.

Kulanka dadweynaha u furan waa: 
Isniin, 28 Janaayo
9 ilaa 11 aroornimo.
Eastside Neighborhood Services
1700 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Haddii aad dooneyso in lagu caawiyo si aad uga qeyb qaadato kulankan, ama macluumaadka habab kale laguugu soo diro, fadlan la soo xiriir Leslie Foreman ee 612-673-2301 ama [email protected] ka hor 22 Janaayo 2019.   

Haddii aadan ka soo qeyb geli karin kulanka u fursan dadweynaha, faalada aad ka dhiibaneyso iimeyl ahaan ugu soo dir waaxda Caafimaadka.

Faaladaada iimeyl ahaan ugu soo dir [email protected] ama ku soo hagaaji:
Minneapolis Health Department
Attn: Dan Huff
250 South 4th St, Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Soo dir faaladaada ka hor 31ka Janaayo , 2019.

Green To Go flyers

Informational flyers describe the requirements of the Green To Go ordinance.

FAQs

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Complaints

Contact 311 to make a complaint about a business using a product(s) that is not allowed under the Green To Go ordinance. Call 311 (outside Minneapolis call 612-673-3000) or email [email protected]

Green To Go decal

The Minneapolis Health Department created a decal to recognize businesses that meet Green To Go rules.

The removable decal tells patrons “We use environmentally friendly food containers." The decal also displays:

Green To Go decal

 Confusing packaging

Beware of packaging that does not meet Green To Go requirements. Health Inspectors are seeing products represented as meeting the ordinance, but do not meet it. Some of the products are beige and resemble compostable to-go containers. The symbol on the bottom of the products is a number six inside the chasing arrow triangle. This symbol means the product is polystyrene, which is not an acceptable material under the ordinance. 

Terms such as “green alternative,” “degradable,” “biodegradable,” and “sustainably sourced” are marketing terms. They do not indicate if a product meets Green to Go requirements.

Green To Go requires packaging and containers to be reuseable, recyclable or compostable. Preferred plastics are numbers 1, 2, and 5. Compostable items must be BPI certified or meet ASTM standards D6400 or D6868. If you have questions about whether or not a container meets Green To Go rules, contact your health inspector. To contact your health inspector email [email protected] or call 311 (outside Minneapolis call 612-673-3000).

What is Packaging?

Cans, bottles, or containers used to package food or beverages for immediate consumption including:

Examples of packaging

 Green To Go Product examples of acceptable and non-acceptable packaging

  The Green To Go ordinance does not allow polystyrene products to be used: 

Exemptions

Exempt from the ordinance:

The following items are exempt until April 22, 2019, (Earth Day):

Green To Go supplier list

Need products that meet Green To Go rules? Green To Go supplier list.

The City of Minneapolis does not endorse any company. This list is provided as a resource for businesses needing to purchase products that meet Green To Go rules. The companies listed sell directly to businesses.

Hennepin County assistance

Hennepin County offers free assistance and  Business recycling grants

Free:

Business grants up to $50,000 are available to assist with: 

For more information visit www.hennepin.us/businessrecycling

Hennepin County composting haulers

Find a list of haulers that collect organics for composing on the Hennepin County website here. Scroll down and select, "Organics composting haulers."

Ordinance

Read the ordinance.

Interested in the ordinance history?

A PowerPoint presentation on the history of the Green To Go ordinance.

Residential Organics

Sign up for residential organics recycling

Questions

For questions or to get more information about the Green To Go Environmentally Acceptable Packaging Ordinance contact Minneapolis 311.

Para mayor información sobre la ordenanza o mandato del el empaque ambientalmente aceptable comuníquese con la línea del 311 de la ciudad de Minneapolis.

Yog xav noog lossis paub ntxim txog txoj cai Siv Cov Ntim Khoom Kom Zoo Rau Tej Chaw Puag Ncig (Environmentally Acceptable Packaging), hu tau rau Minneapolis 311.

Wixii su’aalo ama faahfaahin ah ee ku saabsan Xeeraa Weelasha Deegaan‐ahaan La‐Aqbali karo, kala xidhiidh ama wac Minneapolis 311.


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Minneapolis Health Department LogoShould you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact 612-673-2301.
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Last updated Jan 15, 2019

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