Residents, businesses, local governments and others are invited to review the draft changes to a Dakota County ordinance dealing with the collection and disposal of trash and recycling.
The proposed changes align with the County's Solid Waste Master Plan to reduce waste going to landfills and make progress toward the state's goal to reach a 75-percent recycling rate by 2030.
More than 1,300 residents and organizations provided feedback earlier this year on possible changes to Ordinance 110. Using previous public input, County staff drafted revisions to the ordinance. It is available for review and comment at the County Solid Waste Master Plan page.
Under the proposed revisions, waste haulers would provide weekly recycling pick-up and educate their customers each year on what is recyclable. Businesses and residents would be required to recycle a basic list of materials such as bottles, cans and paper. Multifamily property owners would ensure tenants have an opportunity to recycle. These updates are intended to increase the amount and quality of recycling materials collected.
The County would like to gather feedback on the proposed requirements while they are still in draft form so that reasonable ordinance conditions and timelines are developed.