Eureka Recycling's trucks are intentionally designed to get people thinking about not only recycling, but waste reduction as well. Each truck in the fleet was given a name by a community, along with an accompanying "personality" that ties each truck to a specific aspect of the recycling program to help educate residents about recycling in a fun way.
But Eureka Recycling's trucks are not just green on the outside.
Eureka Recycling's fleet was the first in the state, and one of the first in the nation, to run entirely on B-20 biodiesel. Biodiesel is a cleaner fuel made from soybeans that produce much less pollution than regular diesel fuel, which results in reduced emissions and healthier air for our employees and the families we serve.
In addition, Eureka Recycling currently has diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs) installed on our fleet to specifically reduce our particulate emissions. A DOC is a device that uses a chemical process to break down pollutants in the exhaust stream into less harmful components.
As part of our mission to ensure that all of the material that is collected can be recycled to its highest and best use we do not use trucks that compact (crush) the material to conserve space. In addition to protecting the quality of the material this decision also helps make our trucks lighter. Lighter trucks get better gas mileage and do not damage roads as much as other heavier compacting trucks.
Thank you to the thousands of recyclers who helped to name and personalize our trucks in 2003 as they were paraded at community festivals. We also thank the local businesses that sponsored and 'adopted' trucks to show their support of community-based recycling and our regional partners and sponsors who support community recycling in a big way.
Read on to find out which truck belongs to your neighborhood and see what they have to say!
Earl E. Bird is an early riser and could be at your curb as early as 7 a.m., so be sure to put your recycling out before he drives by.
Green Gene the Biodiesel Machine eats soybeans to keep on movin'. He likes to be out in sunny weather and gentle rains that help the soybean plants grow!
¡Bomba! (Firecracker) is a fiery truck with lots of energy. She's not exactly quiet but she tries extra hard not to bother you and your neighbors when she's picking up recycling.
RECO likes to keep things simple and lives by the motto "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle... in that order!" He does his part every day to keep your resources out of landfills and incinerators.
Siv Dua (Hmong-"Use Again," pronounced "she doo-ah,") has a special talent for finding creative ways to use things over and over again. Before she recycles anything, she tries to reuse it first.
Archimedes is smarter than your average truck and is constantly testing new and better ways to run Saint Paul's recycling program. When he makes a breakthrough, you'll hear him cry, "Eureka!"
Loopy works hard to collect glass so that it can become new glass bottles in the future. Close the loop!
Jade is durable and tough and always uses the right tool to get the job done, which is why she appreciates it when people use blue bins.
Cartwright just loves big buildings—the bigger the better—with lots of people, apartments and recycling carts. Nothing makes Cartwright happier than picking up carts full of trash-free recycling.
Curbie tells everyone he knows about recycling because he knows that recycling is an easy thing that everyone can do to make a big difference.
Sparkle loves a party and always stays late to make sure the cans, bottles and paper go in her compartments for recycling instead of being wasted in the trash.
Digger is thorough and gritty and not afraid to get dirty as he digs through the tiny urban mines we call recycling bins. Digger knows the real thing when he sees it and he's never tempted to pick up fool's gold.
Flip the Frog won't turn into a prince but he'll turn your recycling into new products that will win your heart. Ribbit! It's not easy being green!
Hank likes to kick back with you during those precious days off, but he's right back out the next day to make sure your recycling is picked up—which means he runs one day late for the rest of the week and often works on Saturdays.
Rosie is as tough as the steel cans she works hard to collect every day. She rolls up her sleeves to do her part! Join her now and support of the effort to reduce waste by recycling! We Can Do It!
Espresso Mornings can be tough, but that doesn’t stop Espresso! She gets going with a good cup’a joe so she can get to your neighborhood by 7am! Be sure to put the pot on early so you don’t miss her!
52 Pick-up King of the calendar, 52 Pick-up isn’t a Joker when it comes to picking up your recycling! Gotta full house of bottles, cans and papers? You can count on this Ace because he’s there all 52 weeks of the year!
Leaf In nature, everything is recycled and nothing is wasted. Leaf is inspired by this so she makes sure everything she picks up is truly recycled! You, too, can follow nature's model by reusing, recycling, and composting every day.
All truck artwork was designed by Barbara Keith.
Last Update: September 2006