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.
Memorial Day Collection Announcement
Just a quick note as we head into the long weekend: If you live in Saint Paul, Roseville, or Lauderdale your curbside recycling collection will be delayed one day the week of the Memorial Day Holiday. As always please have your material out at the curb by 7:00 AM.
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.
Important news about an upcoming decision regarding the Newport Waste to Energy Facility.
The vote on Newport will take place May 28, 2015!
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
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:
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.
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, 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™.
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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 pagehttps://www.facebook.com/KraftFoods and their Twitter Page https://twitter.com/kraftfoods using the hashtag #makeittakeit.
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.
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!
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.
Reducing 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!
Check 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)