Expanded Curb-Side Recycling Program from the City of Minneapolis
The City of Minneapolis has expanded the number of items that can be recycled curb-side at residences throughout the City. In order to better inform residents, the City has partnered with Eastside Food Co-op to conduct community education meetings throughout the City. The meetings will be held May through August, and the tables below shows the meetings currently scheduled. For additional meetings, or changes in the schedule, check Eastside Food Co-op’s website, under plastics recycling: www.eastsidefood.coop.
As residents of the City of Minneapolis, we need to make the commitment to reduce our waste stream and recycle everything we possibly can. It’s one of the easiest ways to protect the environment, to conserve vital natural resources such as tress and water, and to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
But contaminated recycling actually contributes to the waste stream. That is why it is so important that residents understand what items can be recycled and what items still need to be thrown in the trash. The community meetings will focus on what can be recycled, options for the items that can’t be recycled, and why they can’t be recycled, as well as questions residents may have about how to sort and store their recyclables for pick-up.
According to a Minnesota Public Radio story broadcast on May 15, 2012, the City expects that 60% of households will recycle in this new program. Make sure yours is one of them!
Community Meeting – Powderhorn Park – Thursday, July 12 @ 7:00 pm
Curb-side Recycling accepted by the City:
• Mail, office and school papers
• Shredded paper (in a closed paper bag)
• Newspaper and ad inserts (removed from plastic bag, placed in paper bag, or bundled with string)
• Cardboard (flattened, placed in paper bag or bundled with string)
• Boxes – cereal, crackers, pasta, cake mixes; shoe boxes, gift boxes, toiletries boxes, etc.
• NEW! Food & beverage cartons, such as milk, juice, soup, broth, wine
• NEW! Refrigerated food boxes, such as English muffin boxes, etc.
PAPER NOT ACCEPTED:
• Pop and Beer cartons
• Frozen Food boxes
• Pizza boxes, egg cartons, or paper soiled with food
• All plastic bottles, containers and jugs numbered 1 through 7. Rinse and place in paper or reusable cloth bags, caps and lids can be left on.
PLASTICS NOT ACCEPTED:
• Microwavable food trays
• Bottles that held hazardous substances, such as motor oil
• Styrofoam (even if labeled with a recycling symbol)
• Plastic bags (recycle plastic bags at many participating grocers using the It’s In The Bag program – www.itsinthebagmn.org)
CANS AND ALUMINUM FOIL
• Rinse and place in paper or reusable cloth bag
GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS
• Rinse and place in paper or reusable cloth bag; remove and throw away caps
GLASS NOT ACCEPTED
• Broken Glass
• Window Glass
• Tape the positive (+) terminal of lithium ion batteries to prevent fires
• Place in clear plastic bag and place on top of your recycling container
BATTERIES NOT ACCEPTED
• Automotive batteries
Amy Fields, Sam Philpot, Charles Rossow, Alison Stone – Eastside Food Co-op Plastics Recycling Team
David Herberholz – Director of Solid Waste and Recycling Services, City of Minneapolis
For more information on recycling in Minneapolis, please contact: SWandRsupervisors@minneapolismn.gov.
For more info, visit: http://www.eastsidefood.coop/content/plastics-recycling-eastside