Small businesses can participate in any of the city’s single-family residential solid waste collection programs including recycling, organics recycling and garbage, as long the following conditions are met: 

  • Service location is along existing single-family residential collection routes
  • Amount of waste generated can be collected in city-provided carts, not dumpsters

Note: All programs provide up to two 90-gallon carts (2 garbage, 2 recycling, 2 organics). Additional carts may be requested and are made available at the city's discretion. Additional carts will result in an increase in service fees.

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

Collection Schedules

  • Garbage and organics recycling must be collected weekly
  • Recycling must be collected every other week

Requirements for Businesses

Most commercial buildings are required by the state to recycle. See information from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Licensed food establishments are required by city ordinance to use reusable, returnable, recyclable, or compostable food and beverage packaging and provide appropriate recycling and/or organics recycling collection in-house. See the Zero Waste Packaging Ordinance page.

Assistance with Setting Up or Improving Recycling Programs 

Hennepin County offers technical assistance and grants of 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. Strong recycling programs conserve natural resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, can help a business’s bottom line and demonstrate to customers a commitment to sustainability. Visit for more information.


To request information and pricing, contact:

Emily Barker
Municipal Service Center
7305 Oxford St.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426