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City Ordinance Update

September 2017 - The City of St. Louis Park is updating Chapter 22 of the city code. This includes updating recycling requirements for multi-family buildings. A draft of the proposed ordinance can be seen here. For information about the major changes, refer to the August 28 Council Study Session report, starting on page 52. 

Affected parties who were unable to attend one of the the two stakeholder listening sessions held in October can contact Emily Barker at or by calling 952.924.2187 with questions or comments.

Requirements for Multi-Family Residential Buildings

All multi-family residential buildings are required by city ordinance to offer recycling to their tenants (see Chapter 22 of the City Code). Recycling containers must be kept in the same location as garbage containers.

Organics Recycling Drop-sites

In July 2017, the City started an organics drop-sites pilot program for multi-family residents. These three sites offer an opportunity for multi-family residents to collect their food scraps and keep them out of the trash. The program has been very successful, and the city is working to determine how the program will look after the pilot.

To learn more, watch the pilot program webinar.

If you would like to participate, please complete this form to sign up.

City Recycling Collection 

Multi-family properties (up to 8 units) 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 multi-family as to single-family residential and small businesses. Participation in the program by any multi-family residential building can be terminated at any time by the city.

  • Garbage and organics recycling are collected weekly
  • Recycling is collected every other week


To request information and pricing, contact:

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