Requirements for multi-family residential buildings

All multi-family residential buildings are required by city ordinance (as well as Hennepin County ordinance and state law) to offer recycling to their tenants. In 2017, the city updated Chapter 22 of the City Code. The ordinance was adopted in December. A summary of the requirements are as follows:

  • Buildings must have a minimum of 20 gallons of recycling per dwelling unit per week by July 1, 2018. This is equal to one cubic yard of recycling per ten units.
  • The collection point for recycling must be available to tenants at all times, and be located in close proximity to garbage containers.
  • Building owners/property management shall provide educational materials to all residents upon move-in and annually thereafter.

Organics recycling drop-sites

In 2017, the city started an organics drop-site program for multi-family residents. These drop-off sites offer an opportunity for multi-family residents to collect their food scraps and keep them out of the trash. The program is free for multi-family residents to participate, and the city provides a complimentary starter kit of compostable bags.

View the multi-family organics recycling drop-off sites. Residents who sign up will be given exact locations and access information (carts are locked to prevent contamination). 

To learn more, watch the multi-family organics recycling drop-site presentation.

If you would like to participate, please complete the multi-family organics recycling drop-site sign-up form.

City recycling collection 

Multi-family properties (up to eight units) can participate in the city’s residential curbside program, including recycling, organics recycling and garbage collection, as long the amount of waste generated can be collected in city-provided carts, not dumpsters. 

Service levels and collection frequencies are available as follows:

  • Garbage (weekly): 30-gallons (one small cart) up to 360-gallons (four large carts)
  • Recycling (every-other-week): 30, 60 or 90-gallon, no limit on number of carts
  • Organics (weekly): 30 or 60-gallon, potential option for 90-gallon for complexes with 5-8 units

Rates charged are the same as those charged for other residential customers. View current rates

The same rules apply to small multi-family as to single-family residential. Carts must be brought to the curb on collection day unless the building opts to pay for walk up service (restrictions may apply). Participation in the program by any multi-family residential building can be terminated at any time by the city.


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