MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new ordinance going into effect Thursday will require businesses in Minneapolis to offer the option to recycle.

Furthermore, the ordinance going into effect on Sept. 1 also includes the requirement that all non-residential properties also recycle.

“The new ordinance supports our City goal around a healthy environment and sustainable future,” said Minneapolis city councilmember Elizabeth Glidden.

The ordinance is an expansion of current requirements, which target residential properties.

The council set a goal to increase the city’s recycling by 50 by the year 2013.

Comments (15)
  1. Serious says:

    Employee Recycling is mandatory at companies like United Health in Minnetonka.

    1. Woodsy the Owl says:

      This is a great development. I remember the days when United Health just threw their old employees away when they were done with them. It was awful to drive by the landfill and see the piles of middle managers and former account executives. I expect they are now part of some kids playground or a park bench or something.

  2. Ben Dover says:

    Wow, this city council is so messed up next they”ll be allocating the amount of toilet paper we all get to use. What a joke Lisa Goodman need to go!!

    1. Really? says:

      Really? Don’t you think you are over reacting just a bit?? All they’re doing is making businesses make recycling an OPTION. Not forcing you to do anything. A lot of people in a business would recycle if there was the choice. Hello!

      1. James says:

        But REQUIRING businesses to provide said option. There is still the moral issue of forcing someone to do something whether or not they personally chose to do it. As far as I’m concerned, its the same as forcing them to offer that option at gunpoint.

      2. Ben Dover says:

        Actually it is manditory for all business to have a written recycling policy and all containers.

  3. Your Mom says:

    They also need to require people to be “plate cleaners” when they eat at Minneapolis restaurants. I mean, all that wasted food from people who nibble a little on a giant plate of pasta (probably on an internet date) is a huge environmental and humanitarian waste. There are kids starving in China, don’t you know? A simple ordinance that requires people to eat all their food, especially the vegetables, before they can get the tab would solve this. And don’t even get me started about ordering dessert before finishing your meatloaf . . . .

    1. Humanitarian? says:

      So…..your suggestion is to require (i.e. “force”…) people to do something that they might not want to do? How can that be considered anywhere near the ballpark of “humanitarian”?

      1. M Ghadafi says:

        Lighten up, Francis. Your Mom was obviously being sarcastic.

  4. Job Creator in Chief says:

    This is good news for the unemployed homeless in Mpls. They’re already digging through the trash, Obama can create a new federal dept. of green trash with his new jobs plan, and hire them to be trash compliance inspectors and enforcement officers. They wouldn’t even need housing because many of them already sleep in the dumpster they’re policing. I can see this turning the economy around. Green jobs will save us and the planet. Thank you B.O. and R.T. Bareback!

  5. Clarence says:

    Can I use a 2, or 4, ply toilet paper??…If only 2ply, do I recycle the other 2? What’s Mpls. going to legislate next?…Recycle our excrement??

    1. Lusifer says:

      You already do that when you flush the toilet. It goes to the waste water treatment plant and is turned into the fresh drinking water that comes out of your faucet. Then they send you the bill for this recycling as a part of your water bill. Yummy!

    2. Guy says:

      “Recycle our excrement” ?? If we do that; what is Ryhack’s office going to use as it’s reports, memo’s, studies & etc.

  6. Willow says:

    What are they going to do, put CEO’s in jail who do not recycle? Seriously. What are they going to do?

  7. Mpls Hozd says:

    Ahhh a few more regulations imposed on business, Just common sense regulations ment to better the whole. it won’t stiffle business (at least until the 35 recycling inspectors are hired and 70 person support staff and new cars every year etc etc etc) any fees will only be modest and shouldn’t be much of a burden (at first). and if the citie’s recycling isn’t increased by 50% by 2013, the city can put some pressure on, who will even remember this minor regulation?

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