Best Practices

Best Practices for Everyone

There are many things you can do to reduce and recycle waste at your work place. A robust recycling program benefits the local economy, protects our environment, conserves energy & natural resources and can help demonstrate your organization’s commitment to sustainability and the community. Furthermore, the Minnesota commercial recycling law requires most businesses who collect four or more cubic yards of waste per week to recycle at least three types of materials.

After helping thousands of businesses, we’ve identified the best practices below as the most simple and effective actions for any business to reduce waste and recycle better.

Standardize Trash, Recycling, and Organics (Food Waste) Bins

Educate Staff, Customers and Residents

Conduct Waste Audits

Update Your Hauler Contract

Stick to One Type of Material for Food Service Products

Identify Opportunities for Reusable Materials

Identify Opportunities for Waste Reduction

Best Practices by Waste Stream

Single-Sort or “Mixed” Recycling

Food Waste

Hazardous Waste/Problem Materials

Best Practices by Industry

Learn best practices in waste, recycling and organics management for your industry. For customized recommendations for your business and grant funding to implement best practices schedule a visit with a Recycling Expert.

Food + Beverage


Helpful Sites

County Recycling Websites

Food Recycling Resources

Organics Recycling Resources


Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy