Monthly Archives: September 2013

2013 Zero Waste Festival Results

An estimated 1,000 people enjoyed spending a beautiful summer evening at the 18th annual Lynnhurst Summer Festival August 1, while creating just a very small amount of trash. Thank you to the organizing team from the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Neighborhood Coordinator Ruth Olson, the Lynnhurst Environmental Committee, MPRB staff, many festival volunteers and a dedicated group of “waste station monitors”, for making possible another very low waste event. It takes a bit of effort to work with vendors, volunteers and those attending the festival—but, as you can see below; the results have been quite good towards our goal of becoming a zero-waste festival. This year, due to various factors including the type of food sold, beverage containers, and a few more dirty diapers—the amount of organics was down, the recycling was up, and the trash percentage was not as low as in prior years. At future festivals, with everyone’s help, we’ll continue to strive towards our goal of zero-waste.

2010 2011 2012 2013
Organics
% of total
136.6
94.3%
198.5
90.2%
256.5
92.7%
208
78%
Recycling
% of total
5.5
3.8%
18.0
8.2%
16.1
5.8%
49.5
18.6%
Trash
% of total
2.7
1.9%
3.5
1.6%
4.0
1.5%
9.0
3.4%
Total lbs 144.8 220 276.6 266.5
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Help keep leaves out of the street!

leafsignLynnhurst has a new environmental education initiative, using this yard sign to raise awareness of the important role that individuals play in helping to preserve our water quality. To learn more and how  you can help, click the link

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Many Lynnhurst Storm Drains Still Need Adoption

stormdrainAs fall approaches, it’s a great time to ADOPT A STORM DRAIN near your home. You can make a positive difference by removing leaves and other debris covering the drain (aka catch basin) and placing the leaves in your yard waste bags for collection as needed. Please place non-yard waste materials in recycling or the trash. Recruit your neighbors to work with you. This effort not only helps to preserve our local water quality, but can help prevent flooding at intersections. Please contact Becky at health4earth@gmail.com or 612-239-3208 to sign up. Thank you!

If you want to know where the runoff from the drain near your house goes, check out this catch basin map for Lynnhurst neighborhood.

One-Sort Recycling Program is a Hit in Lynnhurst

MINNEAPOLIS ONE-SORT SMALLBy all accounts, the new Minneapolis One-Sort Recycling Program is getting rave reviews in the Lynnhurst Neighborhood and surrounding Southwest community. The city reports a high participation rate in our area and it seems residents are doing a pretty good job of recycling correctly. Some helpful reminders include:

July 2013 Newsletter

The latest  issue of Our Enduring Environs is now available online.  In case you missed it, the newsletter includes a summary of the One-Sort Recycling Community forum held June 22