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.
- 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.
- Recycling signs - order free recycling, organics recycling and trash signs
- Business Recycling Best Practices Guide - helps your business implement a successful and sustainable recycling program
- Waste Assessment Checklist - use to assess your current waste situation and identify opportunities for recycling and organics recycling in each of the main areas of your building
- Organics Recycling - see what food, food waste and non-recyclable paper is considered as part of organics recycling
- Specialized recycling is also available for plastic film, electronics, media, cooking oil, wood pallets and more
- Minnesota Materials Exchange - donate your used materials and equipment to reduce the cost of disposal and receive tax benefits for donated items in usable or working condition
- Inbound Waste Inventory - a tool to help you identify and quantify inbound waste to inform supply chain decision-making and prevent waste upstream
- The business recycling grants program can be used for equipment, systems and other needs to support collection of edible food for donation to hunger-relief agencies. The grants can also be used to purchase food waste prevention software to track and identify sources of food waste. Looking to be paired with a food to people donation program? Submit a business recycling request form.
- Sign up for the business recycling quarterly e-newsletter.