Partnering with BizRecycling

BizRecycling Partners are key stakeholders in creating a healthy and effective waste management system. Our partners include local chambers of commerce, business alliances, and economic development authorities.   

BizRecycling Partners are liaisons between their member businesses and BizRecycling. They facilitate relationships and create two-way communication channels between the local public waste management system and the commercial sector by:

  1. Disseminating information
  2. Engaging members to provide input
  3. Connecting members to resources to implement best practices

As a trusted source of business information, our Partners are able to effectively connect businesses with our technical assistance and grants. Our partners directly reach nearly 2,500 businesses in the East Metro. We are now accepting application to become a Partner. To learn more, give us a call at 651.266.1199.

Our Partners

AEDS supports a diverse and growing portfolio of emerging and established small businesses with immigrants and communities of color. The mission is to build African American communities and confront economic disparities by providing entrepreneurship support, small business development, microlending, homeownership education, and community development initiatives to facilitate healthy, vibrant communities. AEDS serves the Twin Cities and surrounding cities to create wealth and help immigrants get out of poverty.

Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce serves the cities of Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park. The Chamber’s mission is to advance the economic well-being of their members and promote a positive business climate throughout the region by applying the leadership resources of private enterprise.

East Side Area Business Association (ESABA) is an organization committed to providing meaningful connections to their diverse business community located on the east side of Saint Paul. As a collaborative partner in the East Side Enterprise Center, they are able to connect local businesses with resources and tools so that they can not only be active citizens, but also experience business growth. Members are dedicated to the development of the east side and support one another by sharing their unique perspectives and various talents.

East Side Neighborhood Development Company (ESNDC) is a 40-year-old locally governed community development corporation whose mission is to foster a safe, diverse and thriving neighborhood by engaging the community to create affordable housing and support commercial development.

Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce represents business and industry working together to advance the economic well-being of its members and community. The chamber serves businesses in greater Forest Lake, including Forest Lake, Wyoming, Scandia, Columbus, Stacy, Lent, and Linwood. Membership is composed of nearly 200 local businesses of all sizes.

Founded in the belief that the Latino community is strongest when we help one another, the Latino Chamber of Commerce empowers Latino businesses in Minnesota, one business at a time. They do this by building partnerships with like-minded organizations and connecting Latino business owners with resources. Minnesota is home to 9,000 Latino-owned businesses which enrich our state culturally and economically. Every year, more Latinos in Minnesota look to business ownership as their future. This is why the Latino Chamber is dedicated to fostering relationships between Latino business owners and our state-wide community and providing opportunities for continuous business development.

Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce is committed to serving black-owned businesses and their communities through access to education, advocacy and economic development. Their goal is to maximize the potential of every black-owned business, large or small, by providing equitable opportunities for growth at every stage.

Minnesota Hmong Chamber of Commerce is a member driven organization dedicated to creating opportunities that cultivate relationships in the endeavor to promote growth and longevity. Their mission is to grow and sustain businesses through engagement, collaboration, and advocacy. The chamber represents the largest Hmong business community in the nation.

Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce strives to connect local businesses within the eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities to the community with the goals of expanding business while supporting the people who support our businesses. Their vibrant history of sharing continues with various fundraising and benevolent efforts throughout the year, including events like the Spring Fling, Chamber Golf Tournament, and Holiday Helping Hands, to name a few.

Rice & Larpenteur Gateway Alliance works to manage future growth of the Rice-Larpenteur Gateway Area in a manner that improves connectivity and accessibility within the corridor and creates an attractive destination with strong businesses, vibrant neighborhoods and beautiful places. Rice & Larpenteur is a neighborhood hub where the cities of Roseville, Maplewood and Saint Paul meet.

The City of Shoreview’s Economic Development Commission has programs and resources to help retain, expand and recruit diversified business development which provides varied and broad job opportunities for the purpose of maintaining the community’s high quality of life. They work to build strong and effective relationships with the local business community and facilitate networking opportunities for local businesses through sponsored events.

St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (SPACC) is a dynamic network of businesses and individuals organized to deliver economic opportunity for its members. More than 1,200 Twin Cities companies of all sizes and industries, as well as not-for-profit and government organizations, belong to the Chamber.

For more than 150 years, the Chamber has served as a gateway to business advantage. Through exceptional events and powerful advocacy efforts, the Chamber gives members a significant edge in a competitive marketplace.

Sustainable Stillwater seeks to preserve our environment and champion a healthy and resilient community. To do this, they create and support local initiatives that promote sustainability in the Stillwater, Minnesota area. Sustainable Stillwater has added momentum to the many wonderful sustainability initiatives already in Stillwater, such as the downtown business waste management program, promotion of energy management for carbon reduction, Safe Routes to School in partnership with Friends of Stillwater Trails and the adoption of the GreenStep Cities plan.  

Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation (VHEDC) is a private, nonprofit organization established to further economic development in the City of Vadnais Heights and the northeast metro area. Unlike most economic development agencies, VHEDC is independent of any governmental entity.

VHEDC is comprised of local business leaders who are focused on creating new job opportunities, retaining existing jobs and expanding the tax base of our area. Businesses invest in the organization both with their financial commitment as well as service on committees.

White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest business organizations in the northeast suburbs. The chamber serves Birchwood, Dellwood, Gem Lake, Hugo, Mahtomedi, Maplewood, North Oaks, North St. Paul, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake, White Bear Township and Willernie. They represent over 400 businesses from a wide variety of industries, including auto, banking, consultants, education, financial planning, health care, law, manufacturing, restaurants and other professional areas.

 Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization of local businesses organized and committed to promoting Woodbury’s economic, civic, commercial, cultural, industrial and educational interests. The chamber serves as a business advocate and representative on legislative and regulatory issues. They recognize educational achievements by providing scholarships to deserving students from local high schools.

Want to become a BizRecycling Partner?

Become a BizRecycling Partner! Our partners educate businesses about recycling and organics collection opportunities and connect them to BizRecycling resources.

Partners are eligible for grants of up to $15,000 per year to conduct BizRecycling outreach, promotion and education activities. Help us spread the word!

We’re looking for groups who work with businesses in Ramsey and Washington Counties. 

  • Commercial Clubs
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Economic Development Commissions
  • Economic Development Authorities 
  • Business Leagues
  • Non‐Profit Development Corporations

Sorry, these groups are not eligible: individuals, regional agencies, federal government, University of Minnesota and MnSCU facilities, and for‐profit development corporations/business associations.

Our Partners use their funding to conduct various creative and individualized activities to inform their members about BizRecycling programs and resources. Some examples include:

  • Salaries to devote staff time to outreach and education
  • Promoting BizRecycling via promotional materials we provide, such as digital ads, social media posts and videos
  • Sponsoring member events

Like all grant programs, there is some paperwork involved. We expect our Partners to:

  • Complete our grant application 
  • Work with BizRecycling staff and our Recycling Experts
  • Enter into a contract with Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy
  • Submit an annual work plan that describes your outreach objectives and proposed activities
  • Submit 6-month progress reports (2 pages)
  • Document outreach to a minimum of 50% of your business members

BizRecycling staff will work with you to see if we’re a good fit and help develop your application. To get started give us a call at 651.266.1199.


Allianz Field + Minnesota United FC

BizRecycling and its partners began working with MNUFC in 2017 to ensure their new home in Saint Paul would be built with sustainability in mind. We worked together to make recycling, organics recycling, and traditional waste easy to deal with for fans. With high-quality recycling stations, color-coded signage, a commitment to using BPI-certified compostable products for food vendors, and more, the Loons and Allianz Field diverts approximately 268,000 pounds of waste annually, avoiding over 325,000 pounds of CO2 emissions.

Additionally, the Loons hired a group of passionate individuals to comprise their green team who travel throughout the stadium on game days engaging fans with their recycling program and rewarding those who do a good job and recycle and compost appropriately.

CHS Field + The St. Paul Saints

The St. Paul Saints are a professional baseball team, and a member of the North Division of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. The Saints have put environmental responsibility at the forefront of their organization, including hiring a Sustainability Coordinator whose sole focus is on maintaining and improving the recycling and energy efficiency programs at CHS Stadium.

BizRecycling originally provided technical consultation to the St. Paul Saints in 2014 during the design phase of CHS Field and the first season of play at the stadium in 2015. This included an analysis of the new ballpark design plans, working with the organization to identify how to implement recycling and organics diversion programs, and how to set up vendor contracts for those services. The Saints received a BizRecycling Grant that paid for all of the facility’s back-of-house compost and recycling containers, as well as an initial supply of compostable bags. On opening day, the facility boasted state-of-the-art waste reduction, recycling, and organics recycling initiatives. In their first season, the Saints achieved close to a 50% recycling rate and are working toward a 90% recycling rate. With up to 7,000 fans attending every game, the educational reach of the Saints’ programs will go far beyond the walls of CHS Field, making waste reduction, recycling, and composting fun for the whole family.