Public Works

Solid Waste & Recycling

309 2nd Ave S., Room 210
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2281

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Historical Highlights

 
  
2013
·     June 13, 2013 – One-sort recycling roll-out is completed.  All 105,000 Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling Customers received their new 
      recycling carts and no longer need to sort their recycling.
·        January – Solid Waste & Recycling rate change effective January 1. Base unit charge $17.00 per dwelling unit per month. Cart disposal charge for small cart $2.00 per month for each and large cart $5.00 per month for each, as assigned to a dwelling unit. 

2012
·         January -- Solid waste base fee is $24.00 per unit/month, recycling credit $7/unit/month, large cart disposal fee $5/cart/month, and small cart disposal fee $2/cart/month.
 
·         January – Request to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the composting/disposal of City-collected yard wastes and brush and street sweepings.
 
·         January – Resolution entitled “Adopting the Minneapolis Sustainability Indicators”, which will embrace and enhance ongoing environmental initiatives. 
 
·         January -- Authorized to negotiate and renew a 2 year contract with Hennepin County for the processing and disposal of municipal solid wastes collected in Minneapolis effective January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013. Tipping Fee of $47/ton.
 
·         February – Authorized to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the collection and recycling of mattresses in the City of Minneapolis.
 
·         March & April -- Recommends authorization to negotiate and execute an amendment contract with Organic Technologies, Inc. (OTI), and negotiate and execute a contract with Specialized Environmental Technologies, Inc./SKB Environmental (SET/SKB) for the processing and disposal of the City’s yard waste and street sweeping.
 
·         May -- Authorized to negotiate and execute an amendment to the current contract with Allied Recycling Services through November 30, 2013, for processing and marketing of recyclables collected in the residential recycling program to include multi-sort method and dual and single sort pilots on temporary bases. Addition to current list of recyclables: Food and beverage cartons (milk, juice, and soup broth, wine), Refrigerated food boxes, All plastic bottles, jugs, containers and lids numbered 3 through 7.
 
·         May – Utility billing insert providing information about materials that have been added to City recycling.
 
·         May – City officers directed to implement a single-sort recycling collection program for the residents of the City of Minneapolis and return with a plan to finance the changes to the system, as well as a plan to communicate the new program to the community.
 
·         June – 2012 Innovative Graffiti Prevention Micro Grant Program agreements awarded to 10 recipients.
 
·         June – Authorize to execute a Mattress Collection and Recycling Agreement with Project for Pride in Living (PPL) for a three year term. 
 
·         June – Authorize to exercise an option offered by Midwest Diesel & ABM Equipment & Supply to order additional trucks and truck equipment for the Single Sort Recycling Program.
 
·         July – Amending Title 17, Chapter 447 Parades/Races and Chapter 455 Block Events: All shall provide for the collection of recyclables material separate from non-recyclable.
 
·         July – Authorized to negotiate the terms and amendment that may include an extension to existing agreement with Minneapolis Refuse Incorporated (MRI) to provide solid waste and recycling collections services for residents in the current MRI service area to allow for transition to the Single-Sort Recycling Collection Program.
 
·         July – Authorized to issue a Request for Proposals for the processing and marketing of recyclables from the Single-sort Recycling Collection Program. 
 
·         August – Resolution increasing the appropriation in the Recycling Fund for the purchase of 30,000 recycling cats for the Single-Sort Recycling Collection Program.
 
·         August – Recommends formation of an ad hoc task force, which includes Solid Waste, to address the issue of metal scrapping and harvesting in the City of Minneapolis.
 
·         September – Recommends that a public hearing be held on October 9, 2012, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 115A.94, Subd. 4, to begin a 180-day process for a future contract for the collection of garbage, recycling, problem materials and yard wastes for one-half of the City’s dwelling units. 
 
·         October – Authorized to approve the section of Waste Management, Inc. for the processing and marketing of Minneapolis one-sort recyclable materials, and negotiate and enter in a contract for a three-year term.
 
·         October – Acceptance bid and execute a contract with IPL, Inc. to furnish and deliver single sort recycling collection carts to the Solid Waste & Recycling Division. 
 
·         October – Public hearing was held on October 9, 2012, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 115A.94, Subd. 4, now recommends passage of Resolution 2012R-544 adopting intent to organize collection and inviting participation.
 
·         October – Recommends that City officers be directed to eliminate the recycling credit beginning January 1, 2013 and lower the solid waste fee base rate to reflect the elimination of the recycling credit.
 
·         November – Direct staff to study City collection of Source-Separated Organics.
 
·         November – Amend the terms of the agreement with Minneapolis Refuse Inc. (MRI) to include a provision for the lease of up to five (5) City-owned packer trucks to be used for the implementation of one-sort recycling collection services.
 
·         December – Authorized to negotiate and execute a profession service agreement with Kodet Architectural Group for a facility improvement assessment for the Solid Waste & Recycling Facility at 2710 Pacific Avenue North. And identify code issues and ADA. 

2011
·         January -- Authorized to enter into an agreement with Hennepin County to fund a pilot program to collect recyclable materials in an alternated manner.
 
·         January -- Authorized to extend the contract with Allied Recycling Services through June 30, 2012, for processing and marketing of recyclables collected in the residential recycling program.
 
·         May – Mayor’s Declaration of a Local Emergency resulting from the tornado of May 22, 2011.
 
·         June – Ordinance Title 9, Chapter 174.435. Beginning September 1, 2011, all commercial building that provide or use collection of solid waste shall also provide to facilitate recycling activity. 
 
·         July – Amending Title 11, Chapter 226 relating to Health & Sanitation: Graffiti Nuisance Property, amending the definition of graffiti.
 
·         July -- Authorized to enter into a contract with Gardening Matters and the Compostadores to conduct a micro-grant demonstration program for the collection and composting of organic materials and the beneficial use of the compost in community gardens.
 
·         August -- Resolution where Solid Waste & Recycling supported community gardening by providing over 2400 cubic yards of compost.
 
·         December – Public Works is directed to return to Committee with a recommendation on a new recycling program that best balances the values of cost effectiveness, convenience for customers and reducing total environmental impact, as well as a capital budget plan for such a change.
 
2010
·         July -- Authorized to enter into and sign a purchase agreement, to acquire the site located at 340 27th Ave NE for the Minneapolis-Hennepin County Environmental Center. 
 
·         October -- Approval of low bid with Lund Martin Construction for updates to the Transfer Station in south Minneapolis.

2009
·         January -- Solid waste base fee is $24.00 per unit/month, recycling credit $7/unit/month, large cart disposal fee $4/cart/month, and small cart disposal fee $2/cart/month.

·         April -- Authorized to expand the pilot program into additional neighborhoods and purchase mobile refuse containers.
 
·         June -- Resolution to support local foods by making compost and water available to community gardens.
 
·         August -- Authorized to write a letter of support for an application to the MPCA and work with GreenCorps members to staff with the Homegrown Minneapolis Initiative.
 
·         August -- Resolution recognizing Solid Waste & Recycling for the delivery of over 2,175 yards of yard waste compost.
 
2008
·         January -- Authorized to issue a Request for Proposals for the composting of yard waste, brush, street sweeping materials, and source-separated organic materials collect from City Residents. 
 
·         February -- Amending Title 12, Chapter 227 - Nuisances Generally.   Nuisance abatement from $75 to 100.00 for the removal and disposition of the offensive matter or for correct the nuisance. 
 
·         March -- Authorized to negotiate and renew a 2 year contract with Hennepin County for the processing and disposal of municipal solid wastes collected in Minneapolis effective April 1, 2008 through March 31, 2010. 
 
·         May -- Adopted by the City Council - Schedule for Civil Fines for Administrative Offenses. Relating to Graffiti - Defacement of Property, Code Citation 244.495 (a), Fine $240.00   Relating to Littering, Code Citation 478.30, Fine $80.00 
 
·         May/June -- Authorized to extend the Garbage & Recycling Contract with MRI, Inc through February 1, 2009 for the collection of garbage, recycling, problem materials (metals) and yard wastes for one-half of the City’s dwelling units. Contract period June 30, 2008 to February 1, 2009, with a 6% increase in compensation. 
 
·         July -- Recommend approval to negotiate and execute contracts with RW Farms, LLC and/or Resource Technologies, LLC to provide composting/disposal of street sweepings, yard wastes, and leaves from the Fall Street Sweeping Program.
 
·         August -- recommend approval to increase by $200,000, for a new not-to-exceed amount of $500,000, with Sani-Masters to provide services for the removal of graffiti on sensitive surfaces. 
 
·         August -- Resolution whereas, community gardeners are grateful to the Solid Waste & Recycling Division for the delivery of over 1,450 yards of yard waste compost for the last three years. 
 
·         August -- Authorized to accept a grant in the amount of $2,500 from keep America Beautiful for a Cigarette Litter prevention program. 
 
·         September -- Authorized to begin negotiations regarding the purchase of property located at 701 Industrial Blvd for the proposed joint Waste Management Facility with Hennepin County. 
 
·         October -- Authorized to enter into a contract with Eastside Co-op, for an amount not to exceed $10,000, to staff the “All Plastics” Pilot Program in association with the Eastside Co-op and Container Corporation, to staff the facility during open hours for the 12-month period.
 
·         October -- Authorized to execute an agreement with City of St. Louis Park to gather and share information on incidents of graffiti through the use of the GraffitiNet software and database. One-time $500 fee for initial setup and development fees for 2008. Beginning in October 2009 and each year following. 
 
·         October -- Authorized to negotiate and execute contracts with Minneapolis Refuse, Inc and Aspen Waste Systems for collection of garbage, recyclables, problem materials and seasonal yard waste. That both must execute written waivers and covenants not to sue on or before November 5, 2008. 
 
·         November -- Authorized to negotiate and execute contracts with Minneapolis Refuse, Inc for collection of garbage, recyclables, problem materials and seasonal yard waste, and that on or before December 1, 2008, MRI claims that a labor covenants not to sue on or before November 5, 2008. 
 
·         December -- Amending Title 15, Chapter 389, Miscellaneous: Noise. Administrative additions and deletions of the City Ordinance: with reference to Solid Waste collection hours of 6:00 am to 10 pm.
 
2007
·         January -- Solid waste base fee is $23.00 per unit/month, recycling credit $7/unit/month, large cart disposal fee $4/cart/month, and small cart disposal fee $2/cart/month.

·         March -- Authorized to negotiate and renew the contract with Hennepin County for the processing and disposal of municipal solid wastes collected in Minneapolis effective March 31, 2007 through March 31, 2008. 
 
·         March -- Amending Title 11, Chapter 223 requiring that businesses store aerosol spray paint, ¾ inch or large paint sticks, or broad-tipped markers in visual observation at all times, or not accessible with signage that requires ID to purchase.  
 
·         April -- Authorized to negotiate, prepare and execute with Hennepin County for a joint City/County Waste Management Facility and that proper City officers be authorized to acquire, through negotiation or condemnation, the property located at 620 Malcolm Ave SE. 
 
·         April -- Amending Title 11, Chapter 225 - any box or container not identified or found not to have proper street use permits, may be impounded, if found upon public property. 
 
·         February -- Authorized to extend the Garbage & Recycling Contract with MRI, Inc through June 30, 2008 for the collection of garbage, recycling, problem materials (metals) and yard wastes for one-half of the City’s dwelling units, with a 2% increase over the previous contract price. 
 
·         May -- Recommends that the City Council declares the conclusion of the 90-days Planning Period and the beginning of the 90-Day Discussion period to discuss possible organized collection arrangements with all licensed collectors operating the City who have expressed interest. 
 
·         May -- Where employees provide the highest rated service in the most recent resident satisfaction survey - a cost-effective and efficient removal of municipal solid waste, yard waste, and recyclables. 
 
·         June -- Amending Title 11, Chapter 226 - Graffiti Nuisance Property, reducing the required item for graffiti abatement from 10 days to 7 days. 
 
·         July -- Authorized to accept a grant in the amount of $2,500 from Keep America Beautiful for a Cigarette Litter prevention program. 
 
·         October -- Authorized to develop a pilot program to collect source separated organic materials; purchase of mobile refuse containers specialized for composting use; hire 1.0 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Solid Waste & Recycling employee to staff the pilot program. 
 
·         December -- Continued Council consideration regarding the Collection of Garbage & Recycling on and request for RFP.
 
·         December -- Original request to increase base fee to $23.75. Now budget recommends the base fee should remain at $23.00 per month. 
 
2006 
·         January -- Dropping the $150 per shopping cart, and change to a fee determined by the Director of Solid Waste and Recycling annually. Council Action
 
·         February -- Amended Garbage & Recycling Cont5ract with MRI, Inc for six months (until 6-30-07)
 
·         March -- Authorized to issue a Request for Proposals for the sale of the South Transfer Station for the purpose of development of a biomass combined heat and power generation facility.
 
·         May -- Transferring Graffiti abatement from Public Safety and Regulatory Services to Solid Waste & Recycling. Ordinance Amending Title 11, Chapter 226. Major change: Graffiti can be removal from property if remains for more than ten (10) days. Approximate funding transferred from Regulatory Services in the amount of $100,000. 
 
·         May -- Authorize discussion with SKB for possible purchase of Malcolm Transfer Station for Joint City/County facility.
 
·         June -- Authorized to issues a Request for Proposals and contract for services for removal of graffiti on sensitive surfaces. 
 
·         June -- Authorized to negotiate and execute a purchase agreement with Midtown Eco Energy, LLC for the purchase of 2850 20th Ave So (South Transfer Station) for $557,000 in accordance with the requirements of the RFP.
 
·         June -- Authorized to negotiate and renew the contract with Hennepin County for the processing and disposal of municipal solid wastes collected in Minneapolis effective June 30, 2006 through Mach 31, 2007.
 
·         June -- Recommends the addition of one Full-Time Employee (FTE) for an Office Support Specialist II to administer graffiti complaints during the intake and abatement process. 
 
·         August -- Recommend approval to negotiate and execute contracts with Final Touch and Sani-Masters to provide services for the removal of graffiti on sensitive surfaces. 
 
·         August -- Recommend approval of two utility billing inserts in multiple languages (English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali). 
 
·         September -- Recommend staff to convene a task force to consider having retail stores stop selling spray paint to juveniles. 
 
·         October -- Recommend approval of Keep America Beautiful program, promoting recycling of plastic bottles by schools. 
 
·         November -- Set public hearing for November 21 to consider Minne3sota Statute 115A.94, subd.4, and the opinion of the Hennepin County District Court in MRI vs. City of Mpls on the matter of staff being directed to begin the 180-day process.   
 
·         December -- Adopting a Resolution of Intent to organize collection and invite the participation of interested persons, including person licenses to operate solid waste collection services, in planning and establishing the organize collection system.  
 
 2005
·         News & Events: Citywide Employee Graffiti Cleanup

2004
·         January – Solid waste base fee is $22.25 per unit/month, recycling credit $7/unit/month, large cart disposal fee $4/cart/month, and small cart disposal fee $2/cart/month. Council Action: 12-15-03
·         January – City Council Received and filed update on implementation of ordinance to provide service with respect to Townhouse Solid Waste Ordinance.
·         April – City Council gave approval to enter into a contract with BFI for the processing and marketing of City recyclables. Council Action: 04-02-05
·         July – Continue to have Waste Management, Inc. provide management services at the South Transfer Station on a month-to-month basis, under the terms of the existing contract, until 60 days notice is provided to Waste Management that the contract will end. Council Action: 07-02-04
·         July – Amended Yard Waste Contract with City of Hutchinson to July 31, 2008, to comply with City Charter provisions. Council Action: 07-02-04
·         July Proper City officers be directed to continue negotiations for the sale of the City of Minneapolis South Transfer Station, located 2850 20 th Ave S, with the Green Institute for the purpose of a proposed combined heat and power bio-mass plant. Council Action: 07-23-04
·         News & Events: Solid Waste & Recycling found to have the highest rating of customer satisfaction with garbage collection and recycling service.
·         News & Events: "Minneapolis’ Recycling Program Blazes a Trail Through the Marketplace," Feature story in MSW (Municipal Solid Waste Journal).
 
2003
·         May – City Council gave approval to enter into contract with City of Hutchinson for composting/disposal of fall-street collected leaves & seasonal yard wastes, 5/03 through 12/07. Council Action: 05-02-03
·         July – City Council gave approval to extended exiting contract with Waste Management, Inc. for the operation of the South Transfer Station for an additional six months to complete the strategic analysis of the facility. Council Action: 07-11-03
·         October – Approval for Organic Collections from School Programs: Pilot program with Hennepin County to collect and compost materials from City Schools. Council Action: 10-24-03
·         December – Recommends extend to existing contract with BFO Waste System for 4 months to process and market recyclables collected in the City’s recycling program. Council Action: 12-29-03
 
2002
·         January – Solid waste base fee is $21.50 per unit/month, recycling credit $7/unit/month, large cart disposal fee $4/cart/month, and small cart disposal fee $2/cart/month. Council Action: 12-13-01
·         April – Increase existing contract with NRG for leaf processing. Council Action: 04-05-02
·         April – Extend existing contract with BFI for processing recyclables collected through 12-31-03. Council Action: 04-05-02
·         April – Approval to issue RFP seeking proposals for replacement of the Solid Waste Division’s Information Systems. Council Action: 4-19-02
·         June – Approval to negotiate and execute contract with Internet Exposure Inc. for consulting services to develop a Solid Waste Information System. Council Action: 06-07-02
·         October – Authorize increase contract with NRG for an existing contract for yard waste and leaf processing through the remainder of the 2002 season. Council Action: 10-25-02
·         October – Extend contract with Waste Management, Inc., for operation of the South Transfer Station until August 1, 2003. Council Action: 10-25-02
 
2001
·         January – Solid waste base fee is $20.75 per unit/month, recycling credit $7/unit/month, large cart disposal fee $4/cart/month, and small cart disposal fee $2/cart/month. Council Action: 12-14-00
·         April – Council approved extension of Yard Waste contract until 7-31-01 with NRG.
·         April – Council approved a 2001 Litter Clean Up contract with Hennepin County Sentence to Service crews. Graffiti was not included in this contract.
·         June – Council directed 281 litter containers to be placed and serviced 1.5 times per week, in the business/commercial area. 720 litter containers be serviced 2.5 times per week at bus shelters.
·         June – Housing Ordinance changed to include Solid Waste Collection Point Cleanup frequency in determination of property rental dwelling license renewal.
·         September – Extended Yard Waste contract with NRG until 11-30-01
·         November – Council approved garbage carts and recycling bins to be cleared of snow prior to the next collection day, or within 48 hours after a snow event, whichever is later.
·         December – Council approved another five-year contract with Minneapolis Refuse Inc., commencing on January 1, 2002, for residential garbage, recycling, yard waste and problem materials collection service.
·         December – Council approved a 2002 Litter Clean Up contract with Hennepin County for Sentence to Service crews to provide litter pick-up.
2000
·         January – Solid waste base fee is $19 per unit/month, recycling credit $7/unit/month, large cart disposal fee $4/cart/month, and small cart disposal fee $2/cart/month. Council Action: 12-14-99
·         March – Council approved a contract with Hennepin County for Sentence to Service litter crew, for the City's 2000 Clean City Program.
·         March – Council approved dirty collection point fee be established at $180/hr ($50 minimum) for the first required cleanup and $50 increments for each subsequent cleanup.
·         March – Council approved that all municipal facilities be charged for solid waste management services effective 1-1-01.
·         May – Solid waste base fee is $20 per unit/month, the charge for disposal of waste for multiple carts at $4.00 per cart, per month. Council Action on March 24, 2000
·         July – Council approved new ordinance making it unlawful to possess graffiti materials, and making a parent or guardian of a person under the age of 18 liable for penalty.
·         December – Council approved contract with Hennepin County (HERC) Effective 1-1-01 for the disposal of residential solid waste at tipping fee of $39 per ton thru 12-31-05
·         December – Council approved ordinance-amending Title 11, Chapter 225. adding townhouses as a residential buildings.
 
1999
·         January – Solid waste base fee is $19.00 per unit/month, recycling credit $7/unit/month, large cart disposal fee $4/cart/month, and small cart disposal fee $2/cart/month. Council Action: 12-11-98
·         January – Contract with Hennepin County to provide Sentenced-To-Service crews to assist with 1999 Clean City Program.
·         April – Contract extension with BFI Recycling of Minnesota Inc., for processing and marketing of recyclables collected in the City's recycling program.
·         July – Contract with Waste Management of Minnesota, Inc. to operate the North and South Transfer Stations, including the City's voucher program for a three-year period with two one-year options.
1998
·         December – Council amended Title 11, Chapter 225 - Noise Ordinance Title 15, Chapter 389 - Prohibits collection of garbage, recycling etc., between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
·         December – Contract with Hennepin County to provide Sentenced-To-Service crews to perform various work for Clean City activities in 1998.
 
1997
January – Christmas trees now collected with the garbage. Residents who want their tree composted are asked to keep their Christmas tree in their backyard until yard waste collection begins in April.

March – Council approved another five-year contract with Minneapolis Refuse Inc., commencing on January 1, 1998 to December 31, 2002, for residential garbage, recycling, yard waste and problem materials collection service.

July – Council approved resolution that the City establish special garbage collection crews to remove debris created from flooding.

August – Council approved contract with Hennepin Transfer Inc. to operate South Transfer Station until December 31, 1998.

November – TVs, computers and computer monitors are now collected separate from the garbage. These items are delivered to Hennepin County for processing. Recycling collection of milk cartons and drink boxes ends due to lack of markets and the small volumes collected.

December – Council approved Ordinance change Tile 11, Chapter 225 Prohibits placement of carts and bins, in a manner that blocks right-of-ways or garage access points.

1996
March – Boxboard, mail, and office paper added to recycling collection. Because of poor markets, recycling collection is ended for plastic food jars, tubs and single-use microwave containers.

1995
January – Variable Rate fees take effect. Residents pay a solid waste base fee plus a disposal fee based on the size and number of garbage carts registered at the property. 
Solid waste base fee $19 per unit/month, recycling credit $7/unit/month, large cart disposal fee $4/cart/month, and small cart disposal fee $2/cart/month. Before the end of the year, over 3800 customers switch to the new, small cart.

1994
January – Phone books, milk/juice and drink boxes, added to recycling collection.

Christmas tree collection reduced to a single week in January.

City signs disposal contract with Hennepin County; garbage tipping fee reduced to $60/ton. Hennepin County adds a 9% Hennepin County Environmental Fee on solid waste bills.

1993
January – Solid waste fee $21. Recycling credit $7.

Vouchers available for residents to drop-off up to 2000 pounds of building and paving materials at no additional charge.

February – Magazines added to recycling collection.

June – Minneapolis cedar frame composter project begins. Over 250 composters built and delivered in during the summer.

1991
January – Christmas trees collected for composting during a two-week period.

July – Plastic jars, tubs and single-use microwave containers added to plastics collected for recycling.

1990
January – Garbage tipping fees $95/ton. Solid waste fee raised to $17.50, and the recycling credit raised to $7.

April – Three test projects begin collecting plastics for recycling.

July – Collection of major appliances and large metal items for recycling begins.

October – Household batteries added to materials collected with the recyclables. Drop-off locations also provided at fire stations and park board buildings.

November – Plastic bottles are added to Citywide recycling collection.

1989
January – Garbage tipping fee $42/ton. Solid waste fee $7.

May – Recycling simplified: collection is now biweekly on the same day as garbage pickup. Residents no longer need to separate glass by color.

June – City crews and Minneapolis Refuse, Inc. assume residential recycling collections. Garbage tipping fee $75/ton. Solid waste fee raised to $12/month/unit.   A recycling discount of $5/month/unit is added to the utility bill. The recycling credit appears on utility bills only for buildings that are registered for recycling credit and participating in the Minneapolis recycling program.
November – Recycling container placement begins.

1988
January – Garbage tipping fee $38/ton. Solid waste fee of $5/month/unit added to utility bill.

October – Separate collection of yard waste for composting begins. Resident participation is voluntary.

1987
October – Recycling collection frequency increased to twice a month.

1986
May – Motor oil and auto battery collection discontinued. City operated drop-off centers for motor oil are provided.

1983
November – Citywide monthly recycling collection begins. Private contractors are utilized for collection. Materials collected include newspaper, food and beverage cans, glass bottles and jars, cardboard, used motor oil and auto batteries.

1982
June – Curbside recycling test project begins with 32,000 households.
 

 

Last updated Nov 14, 2013