How Does the Process Work?
Start by filling out your contact information on the Connect With Us webpage or by calling (651) 266-1199. A county staff person will contact you to answer questions, determine the needs of your businesses or organization, and connect you with one of the recycling experts we have under contract. The expert will conduct a free 30-minute waste assessment at your business at a time that fits your schedule. Then the recycling expert will review results of the waste assessment and discuss options for designing a new, or improving an existing recycling and/or organics collection program that meets your needs.
What Kinds of Organizations Qualify for BizRecycling’s Free Assistance?
BizRecycling will work with any type of business or organization located in Ramsey County or Washington County. Not sure if your business or organization is located in Ramsey or Washington County? Use our zip code verification tool to confirm.
Who Can Fill Out the Contact Information?
Anyone at a business or institution can fill out the contact information on our Contact Us form! Waste reduction and recycling programs succeed when management and employees are organized for, involved in, and committed to making change together. Employees, get management on board by showing how a waste reduction and recycling program can save your company or organization money, boost employee morale, and save natural resources. Management, it’s helpful to identify a “champion” in your organization to lead the effort, coordinate activities, and keep people informed and engaged in the process.
What is a Site Visit?
As part of the BizRecycling program, our recycling experts will complete a site visit to assess your current waste/recycling program to generate suggestions for improvements. Check out our video that explains it all!
What is My Organization Responsible for Paying?
The help of BizRecycling’s recycling experts is absolutely free – they are under contract with Ramsey and Washington Counties. If your recycling expert recommends starting a new service, such as a recycling or organics pickup service, your business or organization would be responsible for paying the service just as you do for trash pickup. However, you may be able to save money by reducing your trash dumpster’s size or its frequency of pickup. Learn more about saving money.
If you need new recycling bins, you may be responsible for the purchase cost. However, businesses and other organizations in Ramsey and Washington counties can apply for grant funding to cover this cost. We also offer grants to pay for the first couple of months of organics collection to help kick start your composting program. Learn more about business recycling grants.
What About School Recycling Programs?
Private and Charter Schools, Universities and Colleges in Ramsey and Washington Counties are eligible to receive technical assistance and resources through the BizRecycling program. For public schools in Ramsey County, please visit this Ramsey County webpage for more information on resources available. Washington County also provides technical assistance to help school districts set up or enhance recycling programs and a grant program for recycling containers and other program needs. Please call (651) 430-6655 for information.
What About Recycling Options for Materials Like Electronics, Hazardous Waste, etc. for My Business?
If you’re looking for recycling or disposal options for your business, please use this guide.
If you have a question that wasn’t covered on this list, please ask us. Use our contact form or call us at (651) 266-1199.