Hennepin County is in the process of revising its recycling ordinance (ordinance #13 source separation of solid waste). This revision process was initiated when the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners adopted the Solid Waste Management Master Plan in November 2017.
Potential ordinance revisions
Key provisions being considered include:
- Requirements for businesses that generate large quantities of food waste to implement food recycling by 2020.
- Requirements for cities to offer curbside organics recycling service to residents by 2022.
- Updates to the multifamily recycling requirements to add service level standards and education and labeling requirements.
- Requirements for businesses to meet the state recycling requirements, service level standards, and labeling requirements.
Board to consider adoption of ordinance revisions
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners has referred the recycling ordinance revision to the Public Works Committee for deliberation on Thursday, November 15, 2018.
Completed engagement efforts
Public hearing – October 2, 2018
A public hearing on the proposed revision to Ordinance 13 was held before the Public Works Committee of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners on October 2, 2018. The opportunity to testify at the hearing or provide written comments was communicated broadly to residents, cities, trade associations, and businesses. The county sent letters about the hearing to 16,000 potentially affected businesses.
See the summary of the public hearing (PDF).
Public comment period – July 2018 through August 2018
The county distributed its draft revisions to the recycling ordinance on July 23, 2018, to seek input from cities, businesses, waste haulers and others that may be affected by the ordinance revisions. The ordinance 13 public comment findings report (PDF) provides a summary of the 350 comments received on the proposed language of the ordinance revisions. Staff reviewed the comments and made edits to the ordinance based on this feedback.
Stakeholder input process
From December 2017 through April 2018, county staff engaged city representatives, trade associations, waste haulers, property managers, businesses and the broader community to seek input on the ordinance language.
See the recycling ordinance #13: public engagement findings report (PDF) for a summary of the public engagement activities and key findings from this effort.
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Key tasks and the associated timelines for this effort include:
- Stakeholder engagement: January to April 2018
- Draft ordinance revisions: March to May 2018
- Recommendations presented by staff to board at a briefing: July 2018
- Solicited feedback from stakeholders on ordinance language: August 2018
- The county board held a public hearing to receive testimony from the public: October 2018
- After the public hearing, additional edits are being made to the ordinance before the final version is submitted to the board. Board deliberation and potential approval of the ordinance revisions is anticipated to be in November 2018.