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Business Recycling Grants

BizRecycling offers the following grant options:

  • Recycling Grant:  Up to $10,000 to help businesses in Ramsey and Washington Counties start or improve recycling and organics collections. 
  • Organics Reward Grant:  Up to $5,000 in hauling costs reimbursement for businesses in Ramsey and Washington Counties who start or improve organics collections.

There is no minimum grant award. No matching funds are required. To get started , simply fill out the short form on this page.

Eligible Businesses

Businesses must meet the following:

  • Grants are available to the following entities:
    • For-profit business.
    • Non-Profit business.
    • Institutions.
    • Private Colleges or Universities.
    • Places of Worship.
    • Private K-12 schools in Ramsey County.
    • Private and Public K-12 schools in Washington County.
  • Have a physical location in Ramsey or Washington County. Sorry, no home-based businesses. Businesses with multiple locations are eligible for multiple grants.
  • Have 5 or more staff (paid or volunteers).

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Ineligible Entities

Ineligible entities include:

  • Federal government.
  • State of Minnesota.
  • Regional Agencies.
  • The University of Minnesota.
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities facilities.
  • Public K-12 schools in Ramsey County.
  • Public entities in Ramsey County that have other county grant programs available.

Places of worship (churches, temples, etc.) and surrounding campus buildings are eligible for one grant. College campuses and school campuses are each eligible for one grant.

If a church has more than one campus location, it could be eligible for additional grants. Additional grants must be pre-approved by the BizRecycling Grant Program Manager.

If there is a separate building and kitchen for daycare, preschool, or food shelves, these buildings could be eligible for additional grants. Additional grants must be pre-approved by the BizRecycling Grant Program Manager.

Grants to places of worship, colleges and schools must include an educational component to its members and include the projected number of people reached. Your Recycling Expert will help you meet these requirements.

BizRecycling grants can be used for many types of projects. Examples include:

  • Buying new containers to collect recycling, trash, food waste and other compostable organics.
  • Creating custom waste sorting stations.
  • Designing and producing custom signage and labels.
  • Adding compactors and balers for recyclable materials.
  • Reconfiguring loading docks or dumpster enclosures to accommodate recycling and/or organics collection equipment.
  • Organics management systems for collecting, storing and managing odors of compostable organic waste, including food waste.
  • Purchasing reusable dishes and utensils to replace disposable supplies.
  • The purchase and installation of dishwashers.
  • Creating educational materials for recycling and organics program training.
  • Paying staff wages for time spent attending recycling and organics program training.

Your Recycling Expert will help you identify waste management improvements, work with haulers to “right-size” your services, and apply for a Recycling or Organics Reward Grant. Your Recycling Expert is your partner during this process.

It is the responsibility of the business to contact relevant local agencies when remodeling or adding equipment.

Get inspiration by reading about how some of BizRecycling’s previous grantees have used their grants!

To get started fill out the Contact Us form. One of our Recycling Experts will contact you within two business days.

The Recycling Expert will arrange to visit your business. During this visit, they will review your current waste management operations and equipment. They will make suggestions for improvements. If you have your waste hauler bills available they can make recommendations for potential cost savings.

Once you have an improvement plan, the Recycling Expert will help you fill out the grant application. Discounted pricing on common recycling and trash containers and accessories are available. These containers can be ordered as part of your grant application.

Once your grant application is received by BizRecycling, it will be reviewed for accuracy and completeness. Any questions or corrections will be directed to the Recycling Expert.

You will be notified once your grant is approved. The approval process generally takes up to two weeks. Once approved, delivery of any containers you ordered as part of the application will be shipped  directly to your business. Any grant funds to be paid to your business will be disbursed by check from Ramsey County within 35 days of your grant being approved.

What happens if something changes and you need more grant funding? Don’t worry! Each business can receive up to $10,000 in recycling grant funding. If your original grant was less than $10,000, you can apply for a grant amendment to receive additional funding. Your Recycling Expert will help you with the grant amendment application.

The total recycling grant amount per grantee is not to exceed $10,000.

As part of the application, we ask for some baseline information about the waste management system and practices. At the end of the 18-month grant period you will be asked to complete a final report. BizRecycling withholds $250 of your grant funding, which is payable upon completion of the final report and a final walk-through with your Recycling Expert.

These surveys provide BizRecycling with information about your business’s recycling rates before and after the grant. Each survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. Your Recycling Expert can help you fill out the surveys.

Organics Rewards Grants can be used to offset the costs of starting or improving organics collection. Eligible services include commercial compost collection and food-to-hogs services. Learn more about organics recycling here.

Reimbursement is available in the following amounts:

  • Businesses starting a new organics collection service: Reimbursement for the first three months of service, up to $5,000. 
  • Businesses with an existing organics collection service: Reimbursement for up to two months of services, up to $5,000, after an improvement or expansion has been made (for example, by adding paper towel collections).

To get started fill out the Contact Us form. One of our Recycling Experts will contact you within two business days.

The Recycling Expert can help you fill out the organics rewards grant application. You must provide the following:

  • Proof of payment for organics collections costs.
  • Description of your organics collection improvements. 

Your completed grant application will be submitted to BizRecycling. 

Once received, it will be reviewed by the BizRecycling Grant Program Manager for accuracy and completeness. Any questions or corrections they have will be directed to your Recycling Expert.

Once BizRecycling has reviewed and approved the completed grant application, a check will be mailed to your business from Ramsey County. 

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