As of January 1, 2016, owners of commercial property in the seven-county metro area need to have recycling services along with garbage collection. The new law (Minn. Stat. 115A.151) applies to most commercial buildings that have service for 4 cubic yards (or more) of trash per week, and requires at least three material types be recycled.
Even if the law does not apply to you, it is still an opportunity to increase recycling. Most businesses don’t think about how much their trash is really costing them, trash is taxed, recycling is not. With a 17 percent state tax on garbage, trashing recyclables can be expensive.
Good for the Economy
Minnesotans spend a lot of money throwing away recyclables every year. When they could be adding additional value to the economy.
1.2 million tons of recyclable materials are thrown away every year in MN
Those materials are worth $285 million
It costs $200 million to throw it all away
The lost value of the materials plus the cost to toss them in a landfill is nearly half a billion dollars
Customers Expect It
Many businesses find recycling good for business, as customers increasingly support companies committed to sustainable practices in their operations.
Setting up recycling can take some work, but help is available. AnokaBizRecycle offers technical assistance, signage, training and a grant program to purchase recycling and organics collection containers. More information about assistance available through Anoka County is available here. You can also contact Commercial Recycling or call 763-324-3481 for more information on the business recycling assistance program.