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Requirements for businesses

Recycling requirements for commercial entities exist at the city, county and state level.

City requirements

Chapter 22 of the city code includes requirements for commercial buildings (pages 22:14 - 22:17). 

In addition, St. Louis Park's Zero Waste Packaging Ordinance requires licensed food establishments to use recyclable or compostable food and beverage packaging. Any businesses using those items to serve customers on-site must also provide appropriate recycling and/or organics collection.

County requirements

Hennepin County updated it's recycling ordinance in November 2018. Sections IV and V apply to commercial generators. 

State requirements

Information about the state commercial recycling law can be found on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's website.

City collection 

Businesses that generate small amounts of solid waste can receive recycling, organics and garbage service (not yard waste) through the city’s residential curbside collection program, as long the following conditions are met:

  • Service location is along existing residential curbside collection routes.
  • Carts are able to be placed at the curb (or alley for alley routes) on collection day. Collection trucks cannot enter private parking lots or driveways to provide service.
  • Amount of waste generated can be collected in city-owned carts, not dumpsters. No material may be placed outside the cart.
  • Business is currently billed for other city utilities (water and sewer).

The same rules and collection schedules apply to small businesses as to single-family residential. Participation in the program by any business can be terminated at any time by the city.

Available service levels

Eligible businesses may sign up for the following service levels; rates are monthly.

Service level Recycling Organics Garbage
30-gallon  N/A N/A $14.96
60-gallon  N/A $11.59 $25.76
90-gallon $13.49 N/A $38.64
120-gallon  N/A $22.25  N/A
180-gallon $24.17 $33.38 $79.77
270-gallon $33.39 N/A N/A

Recycling is collected every other week. Organics and garbage are collected weekly.

Assistance setting up or improving recycling programs 

Hennepin County offers technical assistance and grants up to $50,000 to businesses that need help setting up or improving their recycling programs. Grants can be used for the purchase of containers, equipment purchase and installation, hauling service charges and minor improvements to loading docks and waste enclosures.

Visit Hennepin County's business recycling site for more information.