A Minneapolis Ordinance
now requires all commercial property owners to recycle. Ordinance 174.435, which took effect on Sept. 1, mandates that a business will:
- Identify and separate materials in its waste stream that can be recycled.
- Provide a designated recycling area and receptacles.
- Arrange for the collection of recyclables at least twice per month.
- Provide documentation to employees, tenants and/or customers about how to recycle on site.
The ordinance is enforced by the city’s fire marshal. Noncompliance subjects the property owner to warnings, fines and eventually revocation of the firm’s certificate of commercial building registration.
174.435. – Recycling at commercial buildings.
(a) Service required. Beginning September 1, 2011, every person required to provide or who otherwise provides containers for the collection of solid waste at any commercial building or use shall do the following to facilitate recycling activity in each such commercial building or use:
- Provide, by contract with a licensed private collection vendor, adequate containers for the recycling of at least those materials that are generated at the building and designated as recyclable materials pursuant to section 225.05 and Article VI of Chapter 225. Persons who provide their own collection and delivery of recyclable materials to a recycling facility may provide containers at their own cost. Containers shall be stored on the premises of the building in locations that are convenient for the deposit and collection of recyclable materials. A commercial building that houses multiple tenants, uses or occupants may have such containers located in an accessible and shared location or locations. Recycling services provided pursuant to this section may be shared by multiple locations provided that adequate containers are reasonably available and accessible from each location.
- Provide for the collection and delivery of recyclable materials to a recycling facility by self-hauling or by contract with a licensed private collection vendor, at a regular frequency of at least twice monthly.
- Distribute written information and instructions describing the recycling program. The owner or operator of any commercial building that contracts for or otherwise offers or is required to offer recycling services pursuant to this section shall distribute such written information to each business or commercial use located in the building on at least an annual basis that describes the types of materials accepted for recycling, the locations of the containers and any other information necessary for a building tenant or occupant to access and utilize the recycling services.
- Provide, upon the occurrence of the periodic inspection required by this article or upon the order of the fire marshal, a written recycling plan describing the recycling services offered at the commercial building or use and addressing any other issues deemed relevant by the fire marshal.
- Provide, upon the order of the fire marshal, any documentation, receipts or contracts requested to establish compliance with this section.
- (b) Enforcement and penalties. The fire marshal and authorized representatives and designees shall enforce the provisions of this section. If it is determined that a person required to provide commercial recycling services subject to this section fails to meet any requirement of this section, the fire marshal shall mail a warning notice to the person. The notice shall specify the reasons why the commercial building or use fails to meet the recycling standards set forth in this section. The notice shall indicate that the person has ten (10) business days to comply with the ordinance. Any person who fails, omits, neglects, or refuses to comply with the provisions of this section after the period of compliance provided for in the required warning notice shall be subject to an administrative penalty pursuant to Chapter 2 and the schedule of civil fines adopted by the city council. The provisions of Chapter 2 shall govern the appeal and hearing rights afforded to any such person. Additionally, failure to comply with this section may constitute good cause for the denial, suspension, revocation or refusal to issue the certificate of commercial building registration provided for pursuant to this article. (2011-Or-053, § 4, 6-17-11)