Reducing, reusing and recycling can save money for your business and help demonstrate environmental leadership and responsibility. Starting in 2016, it will also be required for many building owners in the seven-county Twin Cities area. Dakota County provides information for businesses on how to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible in business operations, for employees, and for your customers.
Reasons to recycle and reduce waste
It will be the law
Starting Jan. 1, 2016, commercial building owners in Dakota County housing retail, restaurants, educational and professional services, health care services or any other business with a North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code between 42 and 81 and contracting disposal for at least 4 cubic yards of solid waste per week must implement recycling of at least three materials, such as paper, glass, plastic and metal (Minnesota Statute 115A.151).
By throwing less in the trash, businesses can reduce disposal costs with smaller trash containers or less frequent trash pickup. Recycling is also exempt from the Minnesota Solid Waste Management Tax, which means you save by recycling. Depending on your hauling contract, you may recover revenue from marketed recyclables.
Customers, business partners, suppliers, employees and stockholders have come to expect that a firm’s business practices are geared toward helping the environment. Incorporating recycling and other environmentally-friendly practices into your business processes can give you the edge over your competitors.
When materials are recycled or reused they get a second life, which means fewer natural resources are harvested and the environment is conserved. Recycling reduces the need to mine for new raw materials which saves time, energy, and water—this save’s money for everyone, including your business.
Recycling and material reuse creates new businesses that haul, process and broker recovered materials as well as companies that manufacture and distribute products made with these materials. In Minnesota alone, the recycling industry supports 37,000 jobs while the reuse and repair sector houses 45,800 jobs.
Dakota County’s 2012–2030 Solid Waste Master Plan contains aggressive targets to reduce the amount of unnecessary waste going to landfills to achieve the State’s reduction, reuse and recycling goals. By recycling, you help the County meet its goals and contribute to making Dakota County a premier place to live and work.