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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.

 


 

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)

 


 

Karen, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish Single-Sort Recycling Guides Now Available.

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

Hmong, Karen, Somali, Spanish

 


There are Exciting Changes Happening to Your Recycling Program!

Eureka truckThis year, Eureka Recycling will be moving to single-stream recycling and adding 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 our Zero-Waste Lab.


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Make It Take It


Eureka Recycling joins UPSTREAM, 5 Gyres, Clean Water Action, Green America, National Resource Defense Council, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Texas Campaign for the Environment, and the Waterkeeper Alliance in the Make It, Take It Campaign.

These organizations who work on waste and recycling, plastic pollution, and resource conservation have come together to elevate the issue of packaging waste, put public pressure on consumer goods companies, and educate and mobilize citizens for sustainable packaging policies.

The campaign’s first target is the iconic Capri Sun juice pouch.  Capri Sun pouches are a highly visible example of consumer packaging that cannot be readily reused, recycled, or composted. An estimated 1.4 Billion Capri Sun pouches are landfilled, incinerated, or littered each year in the United States.  The Make It, Take It Campaign is urging Kraft Foods to change their packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable and take responsibility for post-consumer collection and recycling.

According to Eureka’s CEO, Tim Brownell, “When we talk about Zero Waste at Eureka we don’t just focus on recycling, composting, or reusing things. As important as that work is, if that is all we focus on, we have a system managing discards. We also talk about design and packaging because despite our efforts there are items left that cannot be recycled. We see it in our Zero-Waste Lab every day. To reach zero waste, the producers of these items have to share in the responsibility so that they are financially incentivized and inspired to address packaging during the design phase and make products that are better for our environment. The marriage of producers’ fiscal interests with what is sustainable for our planet is the most socially responsible path forward for our communities, our environment, and our economy.”

To take action, please sign the petition  http://makeittakeit.net/get-involved/take-action/  or post a message on KRAFT's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KraftFoods and their Twitter Page https://twitter.com/kraftfoods using the hashtag #makeittakeit.

 


Get the "Dirt" on Zero-Waste CompostingGet the dirt on zero waste composting

Eureka's New Report

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!

 


Saint Paul’s Compost to Zero Waste Plan

Saint Paul's Compost to Zero Waste PlanLet’s Get It in the Budget and Get It Passed!

Last year, Eureka proposed a zero-waste plan for Saint Paul to bring us closer to zero waste. This plan included comprehensive composting--prevention education along with curbside collection--as well as switching to single-stream, and adding more plastics to Saint Paul's recycling program.

Update:

The City of Saint Paul wanted to conduct a public process to hear from residents before making decisions for the 2014 budget. This public process is now complete and the City is expected to release its recommendation soon. If you missed the opportunity to weigh in, contact Eureka so your input can be heard.

Learn more, stay informed, & take action now!



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

Recyclers

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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