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:
- Reusable, or
- Recyclable, or
Recyclable materials must be recycled. Compostable plastics must be composted. The ordinance went into effect on April 22, 2015 (Earth Day).
Green To Go Exemptions end April 22, 2019
Under an exemption, two products could be used even though they did not meet Green To Go rules. However, after April 22, 2019, the products can no longer be used.
The products are:
- Polyethylene (PE) lined paper hot and cold cups and containers for liquids (soup, etc.), and
- Rigid polystyrene lids. The lids are marked with a #6 inside three chasing arrows.
The single serve coffee cup and #6 plastic lid is an example of products that cannot be used after April 22, 2019.
Las excepciones Green To Go finalizan el 22 de abril de 2019
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:
- Vasos y recipientes de papel revestido con polietileno (PE) para líquidos fríos y calientes (sopa, etc.), y
- Tapas rígidas de poliestireno para esos recipientes. Los recipientes están marcados con un 6 dentro de tres flechas que se persiguen entre ellas.
Canshuur Dhaafka Alaabada Beekhaaminta Tamarta (Green To Go) oo ku eg 22ka Abriil 2019
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.
- Polyethylene (PE) ee koobabka kuleylka iyo qabowga ee dareeraraha (shurbadda, iwm.), iyo
- Daboolka Caagga ah ee ka sameysan polystyrene ee lagu daboolo. Koobabkaas waxaa ku calaamadsan #6 gudahana kaga sawiran sadex falaarood oo is dabayaal.
Green To Go flyers
Informational flyers describe the requirements of the Green To Go ordinance.
- English: Green To Go Flyer
- Spanish Ordenanza para Envases Ambientalmente Aceptable
- Hmong Siv Cov Ntim Khoom Kom Zoo Rau Tej Chaw Puag Ncig
- Korean 친환경 포장 용기
- Somali Xeerka Konteenarada Deegaan-Ahaan La-Aqabli Karo
- Vietnamese Sắc Lệnh về Đóng Gói Chấp Nhận Được Về Mặt Môi Trường.
Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
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:
- City of Minneapolis logo
- Green To Go symbol and website
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:
- Serving trays
- To-go containers
Examples of packaging
The Green To Go ordinance does not allow polystyrene products to be used:
Rigid polystyrene - plastic marked #6:
Expanded polystyrene (commonly known as styrofoam™)
Exempt from the ordinance:
- Knives, forks and spoons (they are not packaging items)
- Straws (they are not a packaging item)
- Foods prepackaged by the manufacturer, producer or distributor
- Plastic films less than 10 mils thick
- Catering companies licensed by the City of Minneapolis, another city or the state.
- Hospitals and Nursing Homes
The following items are exempt until April 22, 2019, (Earth Day):
- Polyethylene (PE) plastic lined paper hot and cold cups and containers for liquids (such as soup containers).
- Polystyrene (PS) lids for the exempted containers.
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.
- Assistance and training
- Labels, signs and other educational materials
Business grants up to $50,000 are available to assist with:
- Start or improve recycling, organics and waste prevention programs
- Bin and other eligible equipment purchases
- New recycling or organics hauling service fees
- Improvements to loading docks and waste container enclosures (fenced
- in areas)
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."
Interested in the ordinance history?
A PowerPoint presentation on the Green To Go ordinance history (PDF).
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.
Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact 612-673-2301.
Para asistencia 612-673-2700 - Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 - Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.
Last updated Apr 29, 2019