City Makes Recycling Compulsory for Businesses

by | Sep 6, 2011

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The city of Minneapolis has introduced mandatory recycling for all businesses, workplaces and houses of worship, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The rule, which came into effect on Sept. 1, requires recycling collection at least twice a month. Recycling instructions must be passed on to all employees, and companies must create written recycling plans, the paper reports.

Failure to comply with the ordinance could result in a written warning, and continued non-compliance can lead to a fine. But, the paper reports, at this point it seems that there is an unofficial grace period for violators.

“We are taking our time with enforcement,” Council Member Cam Gordon, vice chair of the council’s Regulatory, Energy and Environment Committee and chief sponsor of the ordinance, told the Star Tribune. “We want to help people who aren’t [recycling]. … It’s not our intention to say, ‘Look out, we’re coming to get you.'”

The city already requires residences to recycle, according to Twin Cities Business.

Picture credit: Jon Platek

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