Category Archives: Recycling

Fix It Clinic – March 11

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Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic-FREE

Saturday, March 11
Noon – 4pm
Burroughs Elementary School
1601 50th St. Minneapolis

Bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics and more.  With free guided assistance, you can disassemble, troubleshoot and fix your item.

No pre-registration required. Items must be carry-in-sized. Bring any parts and supplies that might be helpful. This event is family friendly!

Examples of what to bring: lamp, vacuum cleaner, fan, paper shredder, electric kettle, sewing machine, toy, clothing, blender, mixer, wooden chair, smartphone, laptop, jewelry.

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Don’t Trash It! Fix It!

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Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic-FREE

Saturday, March 11
Noon – 4pm
Burroughs Elementary School
1601 50th St. Minneapolis

Bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics and more.  With free guided assistance, you can disassemble, troubleshoot and fix your item.

No pre-registration required. Items must be carry-in-sized. Bring any parts and supplies that might be helpful. This event is family friendly!

Examples of what to bring: lamp, vacuum cleaner, fan, paper shredder, electric kettle, sewing machine, toy, clothing, blender, mixer, wooden chair, smartphone, laptop, jewelry.

Flyer  fixit_clinic_flyer_letter_mar-may2017-2

Green Tip: Ideas for giving greener gifts

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When searching for the great holiday gifts for your family and friends, have you ever considered ways to also have less of an impact on the environment?   When shopping for gifts, consider items that meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Give non-materials goods, such as activities, gift certificates, tickets, memberships or making a donation to an organization on someone’s behalf.
  • Products with green attributes, including those that are locally made, reused, made with recycled content, made with less-toxic ingredients, and minimally packaged.
  • Help someone take action to protect the environmentby giving them high-quality, reusable and durable goods that reduce waste, protect water or conserve energy.
  • Support green businesses.Find businesses that sell used goods or offer repair services though the Choose to Re-Use Directory, or shop at a business recognized as a Hennepin County Environmental Partner for their efforts to recycle and divert organic waste.
  • Repair a favorite item.Small appliances, electronics, lamps, fans, toys, decorations, clothing and more can be repaired at a Fix-It Clinic, or look for a local businesses that offers repair services for specialty items like jewelry, shoes, electronics and more.

And remember to consider how your gifts are packaged. Most gift wrap is not recyclable because it contains a lot of dye, glitter, foil or is low quality, making it difficult to recycle into new paper. Consider using reusable gift boxes or bags, fabric, and recycled-content and recyclable paper when giving gifts.

Lynnhurst: Highest Participation Rate for Organics Sign-Up! (correction)

Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 9.21.28 PMLynnhurst has the highest participation rate, at 44%, for organics pick-up of any neighborhood in the city that was not part of the pilot program!

City Sets Recycling Goals

The City Council has approved goals calling for Minneapolis to recycle and compost 50 percent of its citywide waste by 2020, and 80 percent by 2030. As part of the Mayor’s Zero-Waste Minneapolis Policy Workgroup, the adopted resolution will help the City meet new recycling goals set by the State and Hennepin County in 2014.

Correction:  Previously published Lynnhurst participation rate incorrectly – it is a 44% sign up rate, not 62%

City sets recycling goals

Tell us your experience with the Organics Pick-Up

2015 Yard Waste Collection

trash bagsYard waste collection begins the week of April 13, 2015.  Place yard waste out, prepared to collection guidelines, each week on your garbage day for collection.

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Minneapolis Organics Recycling Program Spring Forum

Saturday, March 14, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
City Church, 1501 W. 54th St. (at Humboldt Ave S.) 

image001The recent announcement by the City of Minneapolis that curbside organics recycling is coming in 2015-2016 has created a lot of buzz! 

Please join us for this community-wide public forum about the organics recycling program–it’s another important step towards the city’s planning for our “zero-waste Minneapolis” future.
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Organics Recycling Coming. Opt in now

2015Recycle Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers are now able to sign-up for the citywide organics collection program that will be rolling out in Fall 2015 – Spring 2016.  Similar to the one-sort recycling roll-out, some residents (25%) will be eligible to receive their cart in 2015. Cart deliveries will be halted over the winter and will be completed in Spring 2016.  Solid Waste & Recycling customers that want to participate are encouraged to sign-up now so the correct number of carts can be ordered and routes can be efficiently planned.  Customers may sign up by calling  612-673-2917 or by email at SWRcustomer@minneapolismn.gov.  If subscribing by email please make sure to include your service address in the text of the email.

To receive email updates regarding the citywide program you can register at www.minneapolismn.gov/organics.

 

July 2014 Newsletter

The latest  issue of Our Enduring Environs is now available.  In case you missed it, this issue is chock full of articles including volunteer opportunities and updated information about organics collection.  Check it out!

Choose to Reuse coupon books available

 GREEN NOTES

Check out the latest from Hennepin County Green Notes including the latest about Choose to Reuse Coupons.

Choose to Reuse coupons help you get great deals on quality products while supporting local businesses and protecting the environment. Coupons are valid August 1 through October 31 at 50 local retailers that rent, repair, resell, consign and exchange used goods.

The free coupons are available on smart phones through the Chinook Book app, or coupon books can be picked up at participating retail locations, Hennepin County Service Centers, Hennepin County libraries and Three Rivers Park District locations.

For more information, contact Kristin Pierskalla at kristin.pierskalla@hennepin.us or call 612-348-4787.

For more information, email Kristin Pierskalla or call 612-348-4787.

Notes from September GreenNotes

Green Notes

Recycle Half of all you throw

Do you know how easy it is to juice up your recycling? Load it up? And milk it for all it’s worth? More waste items are recyclable than ever before! Juice and milk cartons can be recycled, along with yogurt cups and deli containers. Also make sure to check your laundry room and bathroom for recyclable items – laundry detergent jugs and boxes, shampoo and lotion bottles and toothpaste boxes are all recyclable.

Of more than a million tons of garbage thrown away each year, we only recycle 40 percent. We can do more – help the county reach our goal of recycling at least 50 percent of all waste by 2015!

If you’re still not certain how to recycle some of your stuff, get answers from our expert staff by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, email, phone or chat. Learn more about what you can recycle and get all of your recycling questions answered at RecycleHalf.com.

Choose to Reuse Coupons books available October 1

Shopping reuse gets you great deals on quality products, plus it supports local businesses, protects the environment and is a key way to reduce the more than one million tons of waste that is generated in Hennepin County each year.

Don’t know where to start? Hennepin County is partnering with local retailers to offer free Choose to Reuse coupon books valid from October 1 through November 30, 2013. Use your Choose to Reuse coupons to buy used books, music, clothing and accessories, rent party equipment or costumes, get new-to-you sporting equipment, and find antique or used furniture for your home.

Get Choose to Reuse coupons on your smart phone or tablet by downloading the Chinook Book app. You can also pick up Choose to Reuse coupon books at participating retailers, Hennepin County Service Centers, Hennepin County libraries and all Three Rivers Park District locations.

For more information, email Kristin Pierskalla or call 612-348-4787.

Fix-It Clinics

Fix-It Clinics, where residents with broken household goods or clothing in need of repair can get free, guided assistance on disassembling, troubleshooting and fixing their items are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, October 12 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the McRae Park Rec Center in Minneapolis
  • Sunday, November 10 from noon – 4 p.m. at the Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield
  • Saturday, December 14 from noon – 4 p.m. at the St. Louis Park Rec Center

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