The commercial sector generates more than half of the total waste in Dakota County, and nearly two-thirds of the waste from businesses, non-profits, and other organizations is recyclable.
Commercial building owners in the seven-county metro area, including Dakota County that generate four cubic yards or more of trash per week must recycle at least three materials.
A strong recycling program conserves natural resources, reduces environmental pollution, can save your organization money, and demonstrates your commitment to sustainability and the community.
Businesses, including nonprofit organizations, can get funding assistance, free bin labels and free technical assistance through the Dakota County Business Recycling Program.
Recycling markets are changing
With some countries no longer taking our recyclable materials, U.S. recyclers can be selective about the quality of recyclables they buy. Now more than ever, it's important to keep contaminants out of the recycling bin.
Your recycling will be recycled — state law prohibits materials separated and collected for recycling from being trashed — but the recycling industry needs our help. To make sure we're putting recyclables where they should go, refer your employees to the Recycling & Trash page.
Some haulers are already increasing fees to commercial customers for contamination.
How to set up recycling and trash services
Businesses and organizations must contact a private company to set up trash and recycling services. Licensed haulers in Dakota County.
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