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Recycling is law for many metro businesses

Recycling is required in many Twin Cities metro area businesses, and has been since January 1, 2016. Commercial buildings located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington counties that produce four or more cubic yards of trash per week must recycle. Specifically, if your business is classified 42 to 81 under the North American Industrial Classification System you must recycle at least three materials. The MPCA recognizes that not all businesses were in compliance by the effective date, and remain out of compliance today. The MPCA is working to help businesses understand the commercial recycling law and the available resources to start or improve their recycling programs. For compliance information and more resources about the benefits of recycling visit the MPCA Commercial Recycling webpage.

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Help for metro businesses that must recycle

Recycling is required in many commercial buildings in the Twin Cities metro area, and has been  since January 1, 2016.

Most Twin Cities metro counties have resources available for businesses to get free on-site assistance and grant funding to help you implement a recycling program.

Who must recycle?

  • Businesses located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington counties,
  • With contracts for four cubic yards or more of trash collection per week – that’s a 6 ft by 4 ft by 5 ft dumpster,
  • Classified in sectors 42 to 81 under the North American Industrial Classification System. This includes hotels, restaurants, gas stations, grocery and liquor stores, retail stores, dry cleaners, banks, repair shops, and many others.

What must be recycled

At least three recyclable materials must be collected, such as paper, glass, plastic, metal, and food waste.  Less common wastes specific to your business or that are hard to recycle count as one stream, such as textiles or plastic strapping.

Single-sort recycling meets the requirement as long as three or more different materials are put in one container.

Sort your trash. Save money.

Recyclables are tax-exempt which means your trash is taxed, but recycling containers are not. If you sort out your recycling you pay less on your solid waste bill when you ‘right-size’ your service. Call your hauler to discuss reducing your dumpster size or service frequency Contact your hauler to discuss and see what you might save on your monthly bill. Request competitive bids from other haulers when your contract is up for renewal.

Compliance

The MPCA recognizes that not all the commercial buildings required to recycle were in compliance by the effective date, and remain out of compliance today.

MPCA's strategy for enforcing any law first emphasizes outreach and assistance. The agency is working with building owners, counties, cities, haulers, businesses, and trade groups to help businesses understand the commercial recycling law and the available resources to start or improve their recycling programs.

To submit a complaint about a business that does not recycle, email the business name, address including city, and details you feel are relevant to commercialrecycling.pca@state.mn.us. If a business fails to meet requirements, it can lead to possible enforcement action that could include a monetary penalty.

Getting started

About 75 percent of Minnesota’s trash is materials that could be recycled. Think about what goes in your trash. How much of it can be recycled?

Make recycling convenient by putting recycling and trash bins right next to each other and put them in accessible areas with clear, simple signage. Work closely with staff to ensure understanding and tie it to company values. Work with janitorial staff to ensure proper placement of bins. Contact your hauler about outdoor bins, enclosures, and, once implemented, moving to a smaller container.]

For more information, visit www.pca.state.mn.us/businessrecycling

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Many county resources available for starting or to #recyclebetter, which is state law for most Twin Cities area businesses bit.ly/MPCAbizrecycle

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Recyclables are tax exempt. Sort your trash and save money by starting or improving your #smallbiz recycling program today. #recyclebetter bit.ly/MPCAbizrecycle

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Are you recycling at your Twin Cities metro business? Most likely you’re required to if you are a service-oriented business or property manager with tenants in these industries. There are financial and technical resources available to you. Find out more about the state law and the benefits of starting or improving your recycling program today bit.ly/MPCAbizrecycle

Recycling is required by state law in many Twin Cities area businesses, for both business owners and tenants alike. Recycling has immediate cost savings: recyclables are tax-exempt which means your trash is taxed, but recycling containers are not. If you sort out your recycling you pay less on your solid waste bill when you ‘right-size’ your service. bit.ly/MPCAbizrecycle

Recycling is required by state law in many Twin Cities area businesses. We’re proud to highlight  Twin Cities metro county resources available for businesses to get free on-site assistance and grant funding to help you implement a recycling program. Get details about business resources and success stories at bit.ly/MPCAbizrecycle

Photos

The MPCA has a variety of recycling and waste photos available on the agency's Flickr site. You don't need to sign in or have an account to access our Flickr photos. Images on the Flickr site generally have caption and background information included. We request that you attribute the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as the source of any image you use.

Recycling media toolkit

Find clipart, signage, and adds on the recycling media toolkit to help educate visitors to your business about the benefits of recycling. The toolkit materials are protected under copyright, and limited use is granted to Minnesota county and municipal agencies under a Creative Commons License. Materials are distributed here for the sole purpose of recycling education within the state of Minnesota.