New ordinance will require Minneapolis businesses to offer recycling

Most Minneapolis businesses already recycle, but a new ordinance taking effect Sept. 1 will require all businesses in Minneapolis to offer recycling. This expands the same recycling requirement that is already in place for all residential property. For businesses that don’t already offer recycling, resources are available to help them set up a new system.

The ordinance puts in place the requirement that all nonresidential properties in Minneapolis that have garbage service will also have recycling service. "Throwing away" trash is expensive. Recycling takes two expensive problems – managing garbage and generating new material – and turns them into each other’s solutions.

To help ensure that every property owner is able to offer recycling and comply with the new ordinance, Minneapolis is working with Hennepin County to provide information and technical assistance to those who need it.

Under the new ordinance, businesses are required to provide:

Which businesses are affected?
The ordinance requires all commercial and business properties to offer recycling. (Apartment buildings already participate separately under residential laws.)

Property owners can go online to find a simple, step-by-step guide to setting up a new recycling system. Hennepin County’s website also provides technical assistance and education resources.

The complete ordinance 174.435 is online.

Property owners with questions about this new recycling requirement can call the City of Minneapolis at 311 or (612) 673-3000.

Published Aug 31, 2011