Whether you are looking to start or expand your recycling program, here are three simple steps to get your business or organization on the right recycling track:
Step 1: Look in the bin
Take a look in the trash bins inside and outside of your business—you might just be throwing away money.
- Perform a quick visual check of trash bins and containers and write down the most common recyclable materials you find. Check the Recycle Right posters inEnglish or Spanish to know what you’re looking for.
- Conduct your own waste sort to really examine what you’re tossing out or work with a Dakota County recycling consultant for assistance at no cost . Some waste haulers will provide a waste audit to identify recycling opportunities.
Step 2: Talk to your trash hauler
Make sure you’re getting the most out of your organization’s recycling program.
- Call your hauler to ask about recycling collection and materials accepted or check the Commercial Recycling Service Providers to find haulers that offer recycling.
- If you increase recycling collection, ask your hauler for a smaller trash dumpster or reduce collection frequency to save money on your trash bill.
Step 3: Start or expand recycling
Well-placed recycling bins and informed employees that know what to recycle will help make your program a success.
- Containers: Place a recycling bin next to all regular trash containers to make recycling convenient. If possible, color-code the recycling bin or lid to look different from trash (blue is the most common color used for recycling).
- Signage: Label all your recycling and trash containers using images if possible, so employees and visitors know what items to put in each. Get free labels.
- Education: Train staff on what to trash or recycle and where containers are located. Employee participation and training is critical to success. Free technical help is available to make the most out of training.
Choose a Hauler
Not all haulers accept the same materials for recycling. Check the Commercial Recycling Service Providers list or call your waste hauler to find out what they accept for traditional recycling (paper, glass, plastic, metal, etc.).
For recycling and disposal options for other materials, such as office and shipping supplies, plastic bags and plastic wrap, electronics, and health care waste, visit the Rethink Recycling website to look up materials by name.
Drop off your recycling
The Recycling Zone in Eagan offers a free, convenient location for businesses to drop off recyclables such as paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal.
There are numerous businesses willing to recycle your items. Go to the Rethink Recycling website to look up recycling facilities nearest to you.