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Waste Wise

During the COVID-19 crisis, Waste Wise is continuing to work with businesses to access grant funds for waste reduction projects. Currently, our restrictions do not allow us to do in-person site visits due to the stay at home order. We are either waiving this requirement until the order is removed or conducting virtual site visits. For more information, contact Rob Friend at or 651.292.3915.


Waste Wise saves money and the environment

It’s possible to save money and the environment at the same time. The Minnesota Chamber experts at Waste Wise have provided and secured more than a million dollars in grants for companies that reduce, reuse and recycle waste. Our team can help educate and train your company, and find ways to control waste costs and connect with grants to fund recycling program improvements.

Download the Waste Wise one-pager HERE.


Learn more about and apply for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Bin and Label Waste Reduction Grant Program Application (BLWR). The purpose of the BLWR grant program is to motivate business owners to complete projects that would otherwise not get done. Applications for which a verbal or written commitment has already been made to complete the project will not be considered for this grant program.

If you’re paying too much for waste disposal or are having trouble finding an outlet for a waste material, we can help.
We will come to your building and help you discover new ways to reduce solid waste, maximize recycling opportunities, identify energy efficiency potential and save your company money.
A waste sort involves the physical collection, sorting, and weighing of a sample of your organization’s waste. The sort will identify and quantify material that can be removed from the waste stream through waste reduction, reuse or recycling.
By reviewing your organization’s waste and recycling bills, we can often find ways for you to make easy service changes that may result in cost savings, increased efficiencies and more.
In order to ensure that your new environmental sustainability project or program is a success, it may be necessary to train your employees.
The Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation offers a free program to help you recycle toner cartridges and inkjet printer cartridges.
We tailor our presentations, workshops and events to the needs of each organization or community.
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Schedule a Waste Wise visit

It’s as easy as inviting us into your worksite, and we take it from there. Schedule a visit, and grow your bottom line.

Contact Rob Friend at 651.292.3915 or

Recycling Education Toolkit

Webinar – How to Use the Recycling Education Toolkit

The Recycling Education Toolkit features label resources that are intended for use within cities and counties that have not already developed these tools. Waste Wise encourages recycling educators within the Twin Cities metro area to utilize the free labels developed by your county.

Instructions for accessing the Recycling Education Toolkit:

  1. Click the Recycling Education Toolkit link below
  2. Login: mnrecycles
  3. Password: MNrecycles!1

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Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation Board of Directors 

Any and all proceeds directed by Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation are restricted to the sole and intended purpose of managing and implementing Waste Wise and Energy Smart, two programs of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.