Recycling is required for commercial buildings starting in 2016. 


Why is it starting in 2016?

In 2014, the Minnesota Legislature expanded recycling requirements to include commercial buildings for owners with commercial buildings in the seven-county metro area. 

Who must collect recycling?

  • Property owners with commercial buildings (including multi-family buildings) located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington counties.
  • Businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of trash per week must be recycling at least three materials.

What must be collected?

A minimum of three broad materials must be collected for recycling. Possible material types include paper, cans, glass, plastic, metal, cardboard or organics. Single-sort recycling collection with 3 or more materials included meet the requirement.

Businesses can get funds, recycling bins and advice from Hennepin County

Hennepin County Environment and Energy has staff available to help make business recycling efforts a success. Businesses can get funds, bins, signs and onsite assistance by visiting:

More information is also available by visiting the Minnesota Polllution Control Agency