New Recycling Requirement for Businesses
Starting January 1, 2016, recycling will be the law for many businesses. Commercial building owners operating or leasing to a retail establishment, restaurant, educational or professional service, health care service or any other business with a North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code between 42 and 81 and contracting disposal of at least four cubic yards of solid waste per week must recycle at least three materials, such as paper, glass, plastic, metal and organics (food waste and soiled paper).
Business owners should check with their waste hauler for details on specific recycling material acceptance, and if they offer separate organics recycling.
While an important part of the local economy and community, the commercial sector also generates more than half of the total waste in Dakota County. According to a recent statewide study, about 75% of the waste thrown away is actually recyclable. Having a strong recycling program conserves natural resources, can help your bottom line, and demonstrates your organization’s commitment to sustainability and the community.
To help businesses make recycling convenient in easily accessible areas, Dakota County is offering container labels in a variety of sizes and types to meet different business needs. Order your free trash and recycling labels at www.dakotacounty.us.
Information partially funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Dakota County Board of Commissioners.