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Welcome to Eureka Recycling!

We are a zero-waste organization located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul with a wide range of initiatives focusing on reuse, recycling, composting, waste reduction, producer responsibility, and more.


A Big Thank You to All

Who Attended Our Zero Waste Summit!

Eureka Recycling hosted the first Twin Cities Zero Waste Summit on Friday, September 18, 2015 from 12:30 to 6:30 PM.

The Zero Waste Summit brought together the people in the Twin Cities region whose work is contributing to a zero-waste future; created a platform to discuss challenges, share accomplishments, and develop a vision to strengthen and focus this growing movement.

Here was the schedule for the day. 

Check our Zero Waste Summit page and our Facebook page, or Twitter:@ZeroWasteSummit, #ZWSummit for pictures and posts from the day.




Big Changes are Comming to Saint Paul's Recycling Program

Now is the time to let the City know what’s important to you!

As the City is pulling together the program requirements that will be part of the new contracts, there is a major opportunity for Saint Paul residents to weigh in and influence what kind of program our community will have moving forward. Find out more Here.



Let Your Voice Be Heard On the National Clean Energy Plan

Right now the US EPA is creating a Clean Energy Plan. They are considering whether to count the burning of biomass and trash as Clean Energy.  

We do not believe that burning waste should be considered a sustainable or clean way to make power. If you agree, sign the petition that has been circulated by our friends at the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), the Story of Stuff Project and thirteen other environmental organizations. You can find the story and the petition here.



Important Update on the Upcoming Decision Regarding the Newport Waste Processing Facility

The Ramsey Washington Resource Recovery Project has been discussing whether or not they will purchase the decades old waste processing facility in Newport. (Did you see our original video about it?) 

More information came to light at the May 28 meeting. Our stick puppet heroine summarizes and digs into the realities of Waste-to-Energy in the sequel:  Say No to Newport Waste Facility: Part Two.  

Very soon they will make the final decision, potentially committing us to this path for decades. Read more and get the contact information for your County Commissioner in our background document. The Commissioners need to hear from you on this issue! Their next meeting is Thursday, August 27th. 



There has been a lot of disscussion about recycling in the news lately

A recent article in the Star Tribune titled "Recycling is stalling in the U.S., and Big Blue Bins is One Reason," has people talking about recycling.

The article only provides the perspective of the large waste haulers. As a zero waste, non-profit organization we look at this issue differently. See our response here.



Tell Capri Sun Maker KRAFT to “Forget the Pouch, Respect the Earth”

Did you know that an estimated 1.4 billion Capri Sun pouches are landfilled or littered each year in the United States? 

Eureka Recycling is pleased to join with the Make It, Take It Campaign to tell Capri Sun manufacturer KRAFT to take responsibility for its packaging waste. Click to learn more and please consider telling Kraft and Capri Sun to "Respect the Planet, Not the Pouch.” Stop trashing the planet with unrecyclable packaging. http://makeittakeit.net/get-involved/take-action/

Capri Sun pouches are made by bonding aluminum and several layers of plastic together making them difficult to impossible to recycle. Only 1% are estimated to be collected nationwide, which means that nearly every Capri Sun pouch has been wasted or littered since they were introduced in the 1970s. 

These single use products have to be constantly manufactured from scratch, requiring more energy use and extraction of virgin natural resources.

And Capri Sun pouches are just the tip of the iceberg. KRAFT – and many other companies – package their products in unrecyclable and non-compostable plastic packaging that is literally “designed for the dump.”

Please tell KRAFT that this has to stop. 


Great News about Recycling in Saint Paul!

With the switch to single sort recycling and the addition of more plastics to the program we have seen a 16% increase in the volume of material residents are setting out. This is a great success and means we are recycling more than ever.

So our trucks are filling up faster, and to make sure we keep the program as cost effective as possible we need to make adjustments to the timing of our routes. Your recycling collection day will not change. However, the time of day you are used to seeing our truck will be shifting.  As always, our trucks will never be in the neighborhood before 7 a.m., so as long as you have your material out by 7 a.m. you should not see any problems.

Please give our zero waste hotline a call if you have any questions about this or any other aspect of your recycling program. That number is 612-NO-WASTE (612-669-2783).

Thank you for all your efforts to join us in demonstrating that there really is no such thing as waste.


Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.  Eureka Recycling has joined the world of social media!  


Karen, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish Single-Sort

 Recycling Guides Now Available


Single-sort recycling education are now available translated into Karen, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish. 




Get the "Dirt" on Zero-Waste Composting

Get the dirt on zero waste composting

Eureka Recycling released its newest report Zero-Waste Composting: How Food Scraps Can Help Conquer Climate Change and Disease, which is the first report of its kind to look at the human costs of not composting. The report looks at financial costs and quantifies human and environmental costs, providing a way for cities and communities to calculate the true potential of composting. It looks at all aspects of zero-waste composting for the greatest benefit to the environment and our community, including:

Learn more

Moldy bread? Soggy carrots? Not in my fridge!

In conjunction with the release of Zero-Waste Composting, Eureka Recycling launched a new website www.MakeDirtNotWaste.org with free prevention tools.

Download a meal planner, shopping tools, a food storage guide, and more. Watch helpful videos as well as join an online conversation to connect with others striving to reduce food waste and save money.

Start preventing wasted food today in your kitchen!

Eureka Recycling is hiring for a variety of positions.  Click here to learn more about openings.

Let’s Keep Saint Paul Moving Towards Zero Waste! 

Last year with input from residents via the Wilder Survey, the City of Saint Paul worked with Eureka Recycling to create a plan that would move the City towards zero waste. The plan included the switch to single-sort recycling and additional plastics in 2014, transitioning to recycling in carts in alleys in 2015, which would make it possible to add composting in carts in 2016. 

What happened?
After months of working with the City to create a plan that made these changes in the most efficient and cost effective way possible, we were greatly disappointed to hear at the Mayor’s budget address that the plan to move to recycling carts in alleys was NOT included in the budget, and that in fact the city is not planning to make any improvements to the recycling program until 2017. 
Eureka Recycling sent out this letter to our supporters letting them know.
In response to resident questions, the City has released information with inaccurate numbers regarding our proposal to transition to alley collection that sadly mischaracterizes the problem, which we have done our best to correct and clarify

What’s Now?
While all this conflicting information certainly can be confusing, the gist of it is this: Eureka Recycling is not against the City or their budget process – we are for Zero Waste in Saint Paul. We know times are tight, and are encouraging the City to look to Ramsey County to support these improvements by using a portion of the 16 million dollars they collect annually from county residents (over half of which live in Saint Paul_ as part of a “solid waste tax” – money that is meant to support waste reduction efforts. 
Waiting until 2017 to move on this plan means two more years without recycling carts. Why are carts important? With a 16% increase in the volume of plastics you are recycling, we probably don’t have to tell you, carts greatly increase capacity and keep all the additional plastics from blowing around or getting thrown out because there is no more room. Every year we wait to move to carts, we don’t get the gains in recycling – which means it gets tossed out and we continue to create the same amount of CO2 as burning over 800,000 gallons of gas. So waiting for two years means an impact equivalent to burning 1,600,000 gallons of gas over the next two years, which we could avoid if we stick to the plan!  Recycling in carts in alleys also sets up the City to be able to add collection of composting, which has an even greater environmental impact…which translates into a healthier and more livable community. 

Take Action to Move Zero Waste Forward
1. Call your City Council member and tell them you want Saint Paul to continue to move forward on the Zero Waste plan they committed to.
2. Call your County Commissioner and ask them to support these initiatives in Saint Paul by paying for the carts.
3. Call us at Eureka Recycling if you have any questions! 612-NO-WASTE (669-2783)

Eureka Zero Waste Lab™ and the Move to Single-Stream Recycling

Eureka truck


Last year, Eureka Recycling moved to single-stream recycling and added many additional types of plastics. Until now, Eureka Recycling has maintained a two-stream system because of concerns about lowered material quality and higher costs to the community in single-stream systems. On the flip side, industry reports have stated that the number of people who participate will increase because of the easier sorting, and that single-stream recycling will increase collection efficiency.

Eureka Recycling is committed to improving single-stream recycling so that each bottle, can, and piece of paper can be put to its highest environmental use. We will track and report the impacts of single-stream recycling in the Eureka Zero Waste Lab™.

Click on the links below to learn more about:

“100 million tons of unlovable plastic: The container-bottom numbers game”


In 2012, some local recycling programs, including Minneapolis and Hennepin County,started collecting more plastics. But recycling isn't just collection- are all those plastics really being recycled into new products? Or are they just going into the trash somewhere else?

Eureka Recycling believes that people like you want to know the truth about what is recyclable and what is not. We understand that you can take action to change your purchasing habits and push back on producers, asking them to change the plastics they use. This year, Eureka Recycling will be adding some additional plastics to its recycling collection programs. Why not all?

Learn more about plastics. Do you have questions about plastics recycling? Are you frustrated or overwhelmed by so many plastic products and all that plastic packaging? Eureka Recycling can help you sift through this complicated issue! Susan Hubbard, Eureka Recycling’s former CEO, looks at these questions and more in this article for the Twin Cities Daily Planet.


Support Eureka Recycling's work

We are grateful to the hundreds of generous donors—individuals and organizations—who provide direct financial support for Eureka Recycling's leading-edge work in zero waste. Our recycling operations are self-sustaining. However, Eureka Recycling raises money in order to break new ground on needed zero-waste initiatives. Learn how you can donate today!  


How to Get Really, Really Good Stuff

Stuff: we all have it. We all need it (some of it, anyway). But what about the stuff we don’t want or need anymore? What do we do with it? Right now, consumers and governments are given the responsibility of dealing with it—with no say in how products are made or designed. Your best efforts (and ours) to recycle and compost everything we can will not stop our trash cans from filling up.

However, there are ways to change the way these products are designed and manufactured, and you have the chance to influence the process!

We can get to zero waste without sacrificing the stuff we really want and need. Find out how you can tell if the products and services you spend hard-earned money on are safe, non-toxic, healthy, and durable.


Meet Some Zero-Waste Heroes in Our Community

Zero-waste heroes Conrad-Wovcha FamilyReducing the trash we create and getting to zero waste takes all of us: individuals, communities, and companies that make products and packaging. We know inspiring people who are taking action every day to get as close to zero waste as they can!

Are YOU a Zero-Waste Hero? Send us your story and photo!



Want to know a little more about Eureka Recycling?

Eureka Recycling videoCheck out this video, produced for our Nonprofit Mission Award for Advocacy, received in 2006 from Minnesota Council of Nonprofits/MAP for Nonprofits!




Read this article from "The Line": Eureka: The offbeat recycling company that wants to go way beyond recycling (November 2010)



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