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Waste and Recycling Info to Know in Minnesota

Minnesota ranks among the best states in the nation when it comes to recycling

At about 46%, Minnesota’s recycling rate is about 11% above the national average and good enough for top 5 in the nation.

Proposed legislation in 2014 could boost recycling rates even higher. Minnesota could become one of the few states to offer a 10-cent deposit for beverage containers, similar to that of Michigan’s.

Experts estimate it could help boost bottle recycling rates from 45% to 84%. 

Where does waste go in Minnesota?

After you put your trash container at the curb or fill up the dumpster with trash or debris, it’s easy to forget about where it all ends up. However, it’s important to be aware of where waste goes in your community because it affects everything from the environmental quality to the economy.

Minnesota evaluates its recycling and waste management programs annually in its Select Committee on Recycling and the Environment, or SCORE, report. The 2012 SCORE report found the state produced 5.7 million tons of waste, and here’s where it all went:

  • 46% of waste was recycled
  • 30% was landfilled
  • 21% was converted to energy at waste-to-energy facilities
  • 3% was disposed of illegally, buried on-site or composted

You can find local recycling facilities at the Recycle More Minnesota website.

Solid waste rules in Minnesota

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PCA) maintains rules and statutes regarding proper solid waste handling and disposal.

Gain access to these solid waste laws here

E-waste can’t be mixed in with other trash, in most cases

Any type of electronic devices containing a cathode ray tube (CRT) and/or toxic metals like lead and mercury must be properly recycling in accordance with the Minnesota statute of 2006 related to e-waste disposal.

E-waste that contains CRTs includes computer monitors and TVs. You can bring these items to the point of sale for proper recycling.

You can learn more about e-waste and other handling of recyclables by visiting the Recycling Association of Minnesota.

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Minnesota

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.