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2nd Annual Recycling Block Leader Workshop on America Recycles Day!

2nd Annual Recycling Block Leader Workshop: One-Sort Recycling Edition!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Please join us for our second annual Recycling Block Leader Workshop on America Recycles Day!  This year our workshop will go back to the basics and focus on regular recycling.  We will watch a virtual tour of the recycling facility that sorts Minneapolis recycling, learn in-depth information about what you can and cannot recycle in your blue recycling cart, learn about drop off locations for items that can’t be recycled curbside, participate in a hands-on learning activity, and test your knowledge with some recycling trivia.  We will also help facilitate further dialogue among block leaders so you can be aware of the other block leaders in your neighborhood!

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, 2522 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis, 55418

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**RSVP by replying to Laura Horner **

Agenda Overview:

  • What is in the trash
  • Current state of recycling in Minneapolis
  • 10 minute virtual tour of Eureka Recycling
  • Hands on sorting activity – sorting through our recyclables, compostables, and garbage
  • Recycling Jeopardy!  Learn fun facts about what happens to our recyclables and environmental benefits of recycling

RSVP by email here or by calling 612-673-3318.  Please let us know what questions you would like covered at the workshop.

Thanks for your dedication to diverting waste in Minneapolis and hope to see you all at the workshop!

Minneapolis Recycling Staff,

Kellie Kish & Laura Horner

City of Minneapolis – Division of Solid Waste & Recycling

309 2nd Ave S, Room 210, Minneapolis MN, 55401  l  612-673-2917  l



Easy Tips for Fall Yard Care ….

Fall is a beautiful time to be outdoors in Minnesota — and a critical time for yard care. Cooling temperatures make fall the perfect season for planting new grass, pulling weeds, aerating the soil and taking extra steps to ensure a healthy comeback for your lawn next spring.  Click for the Fall Yard Care  tips!

Register to Host a Lynnhurst/Fulton Garage Sale on Sept. 16

Screen Shot 2017-08-10 at 4.25.52 PMIt’s time to register for our annual neighborhood garage sale!

If you would like to host a sale, mail registration and $5 fee (checks made payable to Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association) to:

Mary Vander Leest
4653 Aldrich Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Your $5 registration fee will include a group ad in the Star Tribune and your listing on sale maps.

Registration must include:

  • Your name and phone number (it won’t be published, but just in case there are questions)
  • Address of the sale
  • Location of the sale: Front, Back, Alley or Driveway
  • In four words or less, a description of your sale (e.g. kids gear, general household, sporting goods, etc.)

Deadline to register:  Sept. 9

The sale map will be posted on and on Fri., Sept 15.

If you have any questions, please call Mary at 612-827-5132.

SALE DATE:  Sat., Sept. 16   9 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine



Low Salt Diet Recommended for Sidewalks



For years, doctors have told people to stick to a low-salt diet. According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), our waters should follow the same advice.  When snow and ice start to accumulate on Minnesota roads, parking lots and sidewalks, one of the most common reactions is to apply salt, which contains chloride, a water pollutant. When snow and ice melt, most of the salt goes with it, washing into our lakes, streams and rivers. Once in the water, there’s no way to remove the chloride, and it becomes a permanent pollutants.

There are many ways to reduce salt use while maintaining high safety standards:

  • unnamed-1More salt does not mean more melting.Use less than four pounds of salt per 1,000 square feet (an average parking space is about 150 square feet). One pound of salt is approximately a
    heaping 12-ounce coffee mug.
  • Shovel.The more snow and ice you remove manually, the less salt you will have to use and the more effective it can be. Break up ice with an ice scraper and decide whether application of a de-icer or sand is even necessary to maintain traction.
  • 15 degrees is too cold for most salt to work.Most salts stop working around this temperature. Instead, use sand for traction.
  • Sweep up extra salt.If salt or sand is visible on dry pavement, it is no longer doing any work and will be washed away.

Finally, consider changing the direction of your drain spouts so melting water doesn’t run onto walkways and driveways where ice can form.


Green Gifts Fair – Sat. Nov. 19

unnamedGreen Gifts Fair 11/19 from 10am-5pm at Midtown Global Market

Kick off the holiday season with Do It Green! Minnesota’s 11th Annual Green Gifts Fair on Saturday, November 19th from 10am-5pm at Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. Shop among 80+ local, eco-friendly artists and businesses; enjoy holiday food samples, educational passport and prizes, and many green living demos.

The Green Gifts Fair is a fun, family-friendly event with an estimated attendance of 6,000. A $1 donation will be accepted at the doors. Visit for more details.

* 80+ total vendors * Food Samples * Nature Activities * Photo Booth * Family Passport with prizes * Music * Silent Auction

A sampling of the Green Activities and Demos you will find at the Green Gifts Fair: 
· Puppet shows:  “The Way of the Monarch” follows the spectacular metamorphosis and migration of the monarch butterfly ( and Mason Meets a Mason Bee ( at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 
· Free transit rides from Metro Transit (
· Educational Passport Stations with Prizes from Otogawa-Anschel (
· Make your own non-toxic cleaner to take home ( · Pick up free seeds or make seed balls for butterflies ( · Drop off your old holiday lights for recycling (
· Eco friendly gift wrap, gift tags and reusable bags (
· Low waste holiday party planning (


Reminder: Yard Waste Collection Ends Week of Nov 14

REMINDER:  Yard waste collection ends the week of November 14, 2016.  If you have yard waste after collection has ended, please call Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 or visit Hennepin County’s website for alternative disposal options.

Join Us! Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary Meeting Nov 12

Thomas Sadler Roberts biographer to speak at Friends of Roberts Annual Meeting, November 12, 2016

Sue Leaf, biographer of Thomas Sadler Roberts, will speak at the 4th annual Friends of Roberts meeting on Saturday, November 12, at the Bryant Square Park building (3101 Bryant Ave S). The meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. and Sue Leaf’s presentation will start at 1 p.m.  All are welcome and there is no charge.

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You’re invited! November is Water Quality Month in Tangletown

November is Water Quality Month in Tangletown

screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-4-40-27-pm… and we’re inviting residents from other neighborhoods to join us for a couple FREE Events!


Water Quality Forum – November 1st

Join us Tuesday, November 1st for an evening forum with Leslie Yetka from the Fresh Water Society.  Leslie will discuss water quality issues in urban areas and strategies for residents to mitigate their impacts and protect our waterways. The forum takes place at Fuller Park (4800 Grand Ave S) – doors open at 6:30pm and the forum starts at 7:00pm.

Water Quality Fair – November 5th

Tangletown is hosing a Water Quality Fair November 5th from 1:30-4:00pm at Fuller Park.  Stop by to play games, talk to water resource specialists, check out interactive exhibits, learn how to protect our water resources through simple home practices, and grab a hot beverage and snacks.  Exhibitors from Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Westwood Consulting, the Master Water Steward Program, the Wetland Health Evaluation Program, Tangletown Neighborhood Association, and City of Minneapolis Adopt-a-Drain program will be present at the fair.  This is a FREE event open to residents from all neighborhoods, so please bring friends and family!  There will also be door prizes!

Join Us! Buckthorn Bust, Sat Nov 5

Join us in removing Buckthorn from the Minnehaha Creek area.  There are a variety of tasks and all are welcome.

  • When:  Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016  9:30 am-12 pm
  • Where: Meet at the North Side of the creek, east of Girard Av S.
  • Questions?  email

What to wear & bring:  we’ll be in the woods along the creek so wear shoes or boots that can get muddy.  Also bring gloves.

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Lynnhurst “Blooming Alleys” Tour – join us!

bloomingalleyThurs. Sept. 8
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Meet at 5101 Logan Ave S to start the tour

Come see the first Blooming Alleys projects in the Lynnhurst Neighborhood and rediscover back alleys. The idea is to look beyond garbage cans and garages and envision alleys as inviting, ecologically-friendly community spaces. That’s what neighbors on five blocks in Lynnhurst did last spring when they started planning their alley makeover as part of a project called Lynnhurst Blooming Alleys for Minnehaha Creek. This is alley beautification with a green mission: to create lovely neighborhood spaces that incorporate strategies to reduce stormwater runoff and promote native habitat.

Metro Blooms will lead a tour of the alley between Logan & Knox Ave S and 51st & 52nd Sts. and will be available before and after the tour to answer questions. Arrive by 5:30 and join us for a happy hour beverage and snack as the tour begins.

B.Y.O.U – Bring Your Own Umbrella because this event is scheduled for rain or shine.  Rain would provide practical demonstrations of stormwater diversion.

Email with questions.