County Ordinance 110 Solid Waste Management includes recycling and waste management requirements. The requirements are 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 – residents, businesses, schools and government. In addition, certain schools 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.
- July 1, 2020: Schools and commercial organizations that are already required to recycle under the
state's commercial recycling law must meet the recycling requirements listed below.
- Jan. 1, 2021: All other schools (e.g., small private schools) must meet the recycling requirements listed below.
- 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, 2023: Some schools will be required to collect organics.
Who is responsible?
School property owners and managers are responsible for complying with the following requirements.
Provide recycling service
Provide recycling service through a contract with a hauler or self-haul recyclables. 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 employees, students and visitors to collect the County's
designated list of recyclables and keep items on the
designated list of contaminants out of the recycling container.
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 or result in recyclables being placed on the ground or in the trash.
All recycling, trash and organics containers on building grounds, both indoors and outdoors, must be labeled according to
County Labeling Requirements. Labels must be color-coded (blue for recycling and gray or black for trash) and include images and preparation instructions, where applicable. 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 in print or electronic format to employees, students, food service, custodial and housekeeping staff, and contractors following
County Education Requirements. Education must be given at least once per year, within 30 days of a new hire or new staff or student, 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 schools when the reporting requirement goes into effect and provide a report form.
Requirements for some schools to collect organics (food scraps)
By Jan. 1, 2023, schools, colleges and universities with dining services that generate at least one ton or contract for at least eight cubic yards of waste per week each week and generate food scraps in their back-of-house operations (e.g., food waste from kitchen prep area, dishwashing and storage areas) must have food scrap collection in place.
Organics collection requirements
Provide organics service
Provide organics collection service and provide organics 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 or result in food scraps being placed on the ground or in the trash. Work with your hauler to increase service levels if hauler carts or dumpster are overflowing.
All organics containers on building grounds, must be labeled according to
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, students, food service, housekeeping and custodial staff and contractors involved in proper food scrap sorting and management of the organics program following County Education Requirements. Education must be documented for reporting purposes and be provided at least once per year, within 30 days of a new hire or new student, and within 30 days of a major change to the organics 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 the reporting requirement goes into effect and provide a report form.