County Ordinance 110 Solid Waste Management includes recycling and waste management requirements designed to reduce waste going to landfills, improve the quality of materials recycled, and make progress toward the state's goal to recycle 75 percent of waste by 2030.
Requirements include the adoption of a standardized, designated list of recyclables that everyone must recycle, including residents, businesses, schools and government. In addition, residential care facilities that generate organics (food scraps) must collect a designated list of organics for proper management (e.g., commercial composting). Standardizing the basic items that we recycle and collect for organics – no matter where you live in Dakota County or the hauler you have – benefits everyone.
- Jan. 1, 2020: Multifamily properties with a common waste contract must meet recycling requirements.
- Effective 2020: Labels must be placed on trash, recycling and (if collected) on organics containers purchased after 2019 and by Jan. 1, 2022 for containers purchased prior 2020.
- Jan. 1, 2024: Some multifamily properties must collect food scraps.
Who is responsible?
Property owners and managers of multifamily residential properties who manage waste through a common contract with four or more residential units, including apartments, condominiums, townhomes, and independent senior living, are responsible for complying with these requirements.
Requirements Multifamily Compliance Brochure
Provide recycling service
Provide recycling service through a contract with a hauler or self-haul recyclables. Recycling containers need a weekly service capacity of at least 0.1 cubic yards per dwelling unit. Work with your hauler to increase service levels if hauler-provided carts or dumpsters are overflowing.
Provide recycling containers in buildings and on grounds for residents and tenants to collect the county's designated list of recyclables and keep items on the designated list of contaminants out of the recycling containers.
Locate recycling containers with trash containers
Wherever there is a trash container, place a recycling container within 10 feet. The recycling container must be large enough, so it doesn't overflow and result in recyclables being placed on the ground or in the trash.
Label all indoor and outdoor containers, according to County Labeling Requirements. Replace labels if they become unreadable.
Waste haulers are responsible for labeling all waste containers they provide (e.g., carts and dumpsters).
Provide standardized recycling education
Deliver basic recycling education to residents/tenants and housekeeping and custodial staff/contractors following County Education Requirements in print or electronic format. Education must be documented for reporting purposes and be provided at least once per year, within 30 days of a new hire or new resident, and within 30 days of a major change to the recycling or waste program.
Report program effectiveness
Document and report recycling program effectiveness, including education activities to the county annually. The county will notify owners and managers when the reporting requirement goes into effect and provide a report form.
Requirements for some multifamily properties to collect organics (food scraps)
By Jan. 1, 2024, residential care buildings that generate at least one ton or contract for at least eight cubic yards of waste per week and generate food waste in their back-of-house operations (i.e., kitchen prep area, dishwashing and storage areas) must have organics collection in place.
Provide organics service
Provide organics collection service and containers to collect the designated list of organics from back-of-house areas for collection and proper management. Containers must be large enough or serviced frequently, so organics do not overflow and result in food scraps being placed on the ground or in the recycling or trash containers. Work with your hauler to increase to increase service levels if hauler-provided carts or dumpsters are overflowing.
Label each collection container following County Labeling Requirements. The label color must be green for organics and include images. Replace labels if they become unreadable. Your waste hauler is responsible for labeling the waste containers they provide (e.g., carts and dumpsters).
Provide standardized organics collection education
Deliver basic organics education in print or electronic format to employees, residents, and housekeeping and custodial staff and contractors involved in proper sorting and management of the organics following County Education Requirements. Education must be documented for reporting purposes and happen once per year, within 30 days of a new hire or new tenant, and within 30 days of a major change to the organics or waste program.
Report program effectiveness
Document and report organics program effectiveness, including education activities, to the county annually. The county will notify owners and managers when this goes into effect and provide a report form.
Dakota County offers resources to help with compliance through the Multifamily Recycling Program.
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