Commercial Recycling Ordinance
As of Sept. 1, 2011, all Minneapolis commercial and business property owners are required to offer recycling, and there are resources to help those who need to set up a new system. Most Minneapolis businesses already recycle.
Under the new ordinance, commercial property owners and managers are required to provide:
- Regular recycling collection (at least twice a month) for all materials generated onsite deemed recyclable in Minneapolis, including paper, cardboard, metal cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles and jars.
- Recycling containers.
- Recycling collection and storage areas.
- Written recycling information and instructions sent to tenants and/or employees annually or posted.
- A written recycling plan. It can simply list where on the premises you collect recycling and which recycling company you use. See template (pdf) for guidance.
Which businesses are affected?
The ordinance requires all commercial and business properties to offer recycling. (Apartment buildings are required to offer recycling to the tenants. Multi-family recycling requirements are detailed in City Ordinance 225, Article VI.)
- A simple, step-by-step guide to setting up a new recycling system is at RethinkRecycling.com/business.
- Hennepin County provides technical assistance and education resources at www.hennepin.us/businesswaste or (612) 348-3777.
For questions about this new recycling requirement, call the City of Minneapolis at 311 or (612) 673-3000 during business hours.
Last updated Aug. 30, 2013