Recycle more

Recycle More Minnesota logoRecycling is good for Minnesota's economy. It supports more than 60 thousand jobs in our state, paying almost $3.4 billion in wages and adds nearly $15.7 billion to Minnesota's economy.

Minnesotans are still throwing away more than 850,000 tons of recyclables with an estimated value of $153 million. No matter where you live or what you do, there are things you can do to increase and improve recycling.


Property owners with buildings in the seven-county metro area that contract for four cubic yards or more of trash per week must recycle at least three materials.

Using recycled materials as feedstock can help your business increase profits, develop new products, improve your company's image, and reduce waste. In Minnesota, the MPCA helps businesses develop uses for recycled.


According to a study of school waste in Minnesota, more than 78 percent of school waste could be diverted from the trash to organics composting and recycling.  

  • Toolkit. Use the school recycling toolkit to get a recycling program organized and operating successfully.
  • School waste study. MPCA partnered with Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis to take a closer look at what schools throw away.
  • School recycling costs and benefits. See how the costs of recycling and trash hauling services — and the impact expanding recycling may have on a school's budget.

Sports facilities

In Minnesota, sports facilities are now required to recycle at sporting events. The U of M Morris has been successfully recycling at their campus, get tips on how you can incorporate recycling at your campus.

Public entities

Public entities are required to recycle at least three material types. Several resources, including contract templates, can help you succeed in protecting Minnesota’s environment. Find ways to reduce waste and toxicity, conserve resources, reuse, recycle, and use environmentally preferable products.

At home

Find ideas to live green every day. Visit LivingGreen365.

You can always recycle MORE than just what's collected. Reusable goods can be given to thrift stores or churches, food waste can be composted, some materials can be sent directly to remanufacturers.