Ordinance 13 update from Hennepin CountyAs of January 1, 2020, businesses that generate large quantities of food waste are required to recycle food waste. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on-site inspections were delayed. Hennepin County staff began conducting on-site inspections in June 2022.
Certain businesses (see the list of covered sectors below) that generate one ton of trash per week or contract for eight cubic yards or more of trash per week must have food waste recycling in place.
To be compliant with the requirements, businesses must have food waste recycling service in place, provide food waste collection containers back-of-house and properly label them, separate food waste from trash in back-of-house operations (not required in front-of-house operations), and provide education and train employees annually. Businesses that produce large quantities of food waste are subject to these inspections. The requirement applies to businesses (including commercial businesses, nonprofits and public entities) in the following sectors:
Restaurants, grocery stores, food wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers, hotels, hospitals, sports venues, event centers, caterers, nursing and residential care facilities, office buildings with dining services, farmers markets, food shelves and food banks, colleges and universities with dining services, shopping centers, airports, golf clubs and country clubs, rental kitchens or shared use commercial kitchens.
Businesses that fall into an above category and generate 8 or more cubic yards of trash per week (1 ton per week if you use a compactor), must comply with Ordinance 13 requirements unless a variance is granted.
Unless you contact Hennepin County staff to schedule your inspection, your inspection will be randomly scheduled. To prepare for your Ordinance 13 inspection, please complete the optional self-reporting form (DOCX). If you have questions about Ordinance 13 requirements, would like to schedule your Ordinance 13 compliance inspection, or would like assistance from Hennepin County staff, you may fill out a Business Recycling Request Form, or contact one of our business recycling specialists at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-543-9298.