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Organics Recycling

Hennepin County is required by state law to recycle 75 percent of waste by 2030. Businesses and organizations produce more than half of the counties waste, and nearly two-thirds of that waste is recyclable or compostable. In an effort to reduce waste and achieve their goal, the county recently passed Ordinance 13.

Starting or improving recycling and organics recovery programs conserves natural resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It can also help your bottom line and demonstrates your commitment to our community. Learn more about business recycling assistance from Hennepin County here. Learn more about organics recycling assistance from Hennepin County here.

The county provides funding and assistance for businesses and institutions to start or improve programs that divert recyclables and/or organics. Eligible recipients include for-profit businesses and institutions, including multifamily housing, and nonprofit organizations. Grant activities must take place in Hennepin County.

The chamber connects businesses and property owners with services aimed at supporting the implementation of an organics recycling plan and resources to decrease the waste stream. The chamber works with owners to navigate recycling grant programs through assistance, workshops and 1-on-1 meetings.

Types of Grants:

Funding is available to businesses working to improve or expand recycling and organics programs. Learn more here. There are three different grants that business and property owners may apply for:

  • Container Grants
    • Up to $2,500 for recycling containers only; no match is required
    • Apply anytime
  • Accelerated Grants
    • Up to $10,000 primarily for recycling containers; no match is required
    • Apply anytime
  • Competitive Grants
    • Over $10,000 and up to $50,000; matching funds of at least 25% of the total project cost are required.
    • Applications are due February 15, June 15 and October 15 of 2019

See the Business Recycling Grant guidelines to learn more about each grant.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Bins, barrels, sorting stations, and containers for collecting recyclables and organics within facilities
  • Totes, carts and cart tippers
  • Compactors, balers and organics management systems
  • Compostable plastic bags for lining organics collection containers and and compostable food-service ware for on-site use. Because the intent of this grant funding is to support the start-up of recycling programs, no more than a six-month supply of these items is eligible for funding.
  • Reusable food-service ware to replace disposable food-service ware
  • Hauling of recyclables and/or organics for up to three months of a contract for at least twelve months of service
  • Construction upgrades to loading docks and enclosures or other construction-relatd upgrades to facilitate collection of recycling and/or organics. The following restrictions apply:
    • up to $5,000 for businesses with fewer than 500 employees and $10,000 for businesses with more than 500 employees.


Fill out the Inquiry Form to receive more information about the program from chamber staff.


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