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New Business Grant Program Gains Momentum
BizRecycling is off and running! The first grants were awarded in June to help businesses set up recycling and organics collection programs. Just a couple months later, the program is set to award its 25th grant and has distributed close to $100,000 in grants for bins, labels and other enhancements at businesses.
Businesses can get free resources from BizRecycling by visiting LessTrash.com or calling 651.266.1199 to get started.
Model Policy for Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Organizations looking to buy green should check out the model policy for environmentally preferable purchasing, posted on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's website. The primer offers suggestions on what language to include in your policy, as well as example policies from around the country. The content was developed by the GREEN Group (Governments for Responsible EPP and Environmental Networking). This is an informal network of environmental and purchasing staff from county and city governments in the metro area.
Organics Recycling Program Off to a Great Start
Have you participated in Ramsey County’s organics recycling drop-off program yet? If not, now is a good time to try it! We accept most food and paper waste. Stop at a Ramsey County yard waste site (except Arden Hills) and pick up a brochure and an instructional magnet to learn more. We even have free compostable bags! For hours, locations and items accepted, visit our website or call the Ramsey County Master Gardeners at 651.704.2071 (leave a message).
Three Cities Receive Recycling Grants
Ramsey County recently recommended two projects for funding through the Public Entity Innovation Grant program. The first grant was awarded to the cities of Falcon Heights and Lauderdale to design a pilot bulky waste collection (includes large items like furniture) for residents and a recycling program for multi-family housing complexes. The second grant was awarded to the City of White Bear Lake to build an enclosure that will allow 12 surrounding businesses to participate in an organics recycling drop-off program. Look for updates in the next issue of Going Green Today.
The Saint Paul Saints Make Recycling Fun
You probably don’t have thousands of fans cheering you on when you recycle… unless you were a lucky attendee at a Saint Paul Saints game this season. BizRecycling helped the Saints add recycling to Midway Stadium, as well as plan for recycling and organics collection at the new Lowertown Ballpark. It wouldn’t be the Saints if they didn’t have a little fun with it. In-between innings, a Saints fan was selected to participate in the “Learn to Recycle Blindfolded” promotion at each home game. The fan was blindfolded, handed a recyclable item, and challenged to find the recycling container with help from the crowd. The Saints challenge brought more awareness and a little fun to recycling.
Round 14 Community POWER Grantees Announced
Seventeen organizations in the Twin Cities have been awarded grants through the Community POWER (Partners on Waste Education and Reduction) program for projects that will educate and engage residents and businesses in reducing waste and toxicity, recycling, and composting. Ramsey County grantees include:
- Will Steger Foundation
- Como Community Council
- Construction Careers Foundation
- East Side Neighborhood Development Center
- Frogtown Neighborhood Association
- Grand Avenue Business Association
- Latino Economic Development Center
- Neighborhood Development Center
- Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
- St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
A full list of Round 14 grantees are posted on the blog. For more information about the Community POWER grant program, visit RethinkRecycling.com/grants.
The Community POWER grant program is funded by the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board, a joint powers board comprised of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties. Since 2001, more than 230 schools, churches, neighborhood groups and non-profit organizations have participated in the program, teaching thousands of residents and businesses to reduce waste and recycle more.
2015 Multicultural Calendars Available Soon
Environmental Health is developing multicultural calendars to promote recycling and proper disposal of household hazardous waste, medicine and yard waste. Three versions of the calendar will be available later this year in Hmong, Spanish and Somali/Oromo/English. As in past years, Environmental Health will distribute the calendars at local businesses, community centers and County offices. For more information or to request calendars, contact Kaia Johnson.
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