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You Must Have Seen That Tales from Tim's Recycling Bin

From the look of things, lots of you have found the new recycling containers in the parks. We’re collecting more than 200 pounds of bottles and cans each week. Yippee!

It’s also clear that we need to add more recycling containers next year. And we are planning to do that.

We were awarded a grant from Hennepin County to buy the containers. One of the requirements of the grant is that we analyze the type and amount of material that we collect. Basically demonstrate that the park recycling program is working well. So we bring the bags of recycling back to the shop and empty them into a recycling dumpster.

A couple of times I have weighed the bags and then gone through the contents before they are emptied. And here’s what I have found out so far:

  • 80-85% of the recyclable material by type is plastic bottles. Followed by glass bottles, aluminum cans, and paper products (cardboard boxes and newspapers)
  • About 10% of the material by weight is trash – which is about average by parks recycling standards

The trash is mostly food waste – which people put in by mistake, plastic bags, and non-recyclable paper products such as paper plates and drink cups from coffee shops and fast food places – which people assume are recyclable; but they’re not.

We could use to improve a little, but overall it’s going well. So keep up the good parks recycling.

Fix-It Clinic

Have a clock that tics but won’t toc? Don’t nix it, fix it. Hennepin County’s next Fix-It Clinic is Sunday, August 14 at the Champlin Ice Forum, 12165 Ensign Ave N, Champlin. Volunteers will help you repair all sorts of items that need a little TLC to return to tip top condition. Find more information at http://www.hennepin.us/residents/recycling-hazardous-waste/fix-it-clinics

Up to the Challenge?

You can reduce your waste and even get expert advice and a small financial incentive to help. Hennepin County is looking for 50 households to join others in a year-long Zero Waste Challenge. Learn more at http://www.hennepin.us/zerowastechallenge



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