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Grants

BizRecycling offers recycling grants of up to $10,000 to help businesses in Ramsey and Washington Counties start or improve recycling programs.

We also offer organics reward grants of up to $5,000 to help Ramsey and Washington County businesses start or improve organics recycling.

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

Eligible Businesses

Recycling and organics rewards grants are available for any for-profit or non-profit business in Ramsey or Washington County with five or more staff (paid or volunteer).

Your business must have a physical location in Ramsey or Washington County (sorry, no home businesses). If your business has multiple locations within the counties, each location is eligible for a grant.

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Ineligible Entities

Ineligible entities include: the federal government, the State of Minnesota, Regional Agencies, the University of Minnesota, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities facilities, and 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.

Note: Water bottle refill stations and hand dryers are not eligible expenses at this time.

Your Recycling Expert will help you plan your recycling project, including helping you work with haulers, contractors and the BizRecycling program. 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 with BizRecycling, first 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. Then they will make suggestions for recycling improvements you can make.

Once you have a plan, the Recycling Expert will help you fill out the BizRecycling grant application. We have arranged for discounted pricing on common recycling and trash containers and accessories. These containers can be ordered as part of your grant application.

Your completed grant application will be submitted to BizRecycling, along with a completed W-9 form.

Once your grant application is received by BizRecycling, it will be reviewed by the BizRecycling Grant Program Manager for accuracy and completeness. Any questions or corrections they have 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 to complete. Once your grant has been approved, delivery of any bins you ordered as part of your grant application will be arranged to go to your business. Any grant funds to be paid to your business will be disbursed 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 from BizRecycling. If your original grant was for 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.

Once you have been approved to receive a BizRecycling recycling grant, you will be asked to complete a short pre-grant survey to provide us with information about your current waste volumes, as well as your trash and recycling services. This survey must be completed within 45 days of the executed grant agreement date.

18 months after your recycling grant start date, you will be asked to complete a short post-grant survey. BizRecycling withholds $250 of your grant funding, which is payable upon completion of the post-grant survey and a final walk-through with your Recycling Expert.

These surveys help 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.

BizRecycling offers grants for organics recycling. These grants can be used to offset some of the costs of starting or improving an organics recycling program. Eligible services include commercial compost collection as well as food-to-hogs programs. Learn more about organics recycling here.

  • For businesses starting a new organics collection service

BizRecycling will reimburse you for the cost of organics collection services for the first three months of service, up to $5,000. Businesses must maintain organics collection services for at least 15 months after the initial three-month reimbursement period.

  • For businesses with existing organics collection service

To be eligible for this grant, your business must make an improvement or expand your existing organic collection (for example, by adding paper towel collections).

BizRecycling will reimburse you for the cost of organics collection services for the first two months of service after the improved service is initiated, up to $5,000. Businesses must maintain organics collection services for at least 15 months after the initial two-month reimbursement period.

To get started with BizRecycling’s organics rewards grant, first 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.

  • For businesses starting a new organics collection service

You must provide proof-of-payment for three months of organics collection service. The costs identified for the three months of collection services is the total available grant reward.

  • For businesses with existing organics collection service

You must provide a description of your organics collection program prior to the improvements, and describe all implemented improvements. You must also provide proof-of-payment for two months of organics collection service. The costs identified for the two months of collection services is the total available grant reward.

Your completed grant application will be submitted to BizRecycling, along with a completed W-9 form. You must also provide receipt of payment for payment of organics collection services or a copy of your business ledger showing payment.

Once your grant application is received by BizRecycling, 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, payment to your business will be made in the form of a check.

Once you have been approved to receive an organics rewards grant, you will be asked to complete a short pre-grant survey. This survey must be completed within 45 days of the executed grant agreement date.

You will also be asked to complete a short post-grant survey prior to the grant end date.

These surveys help provide BizRecycling with information about your business’s organics 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.

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