Tag Archive for Eureka Recycling

Minneapolis Composting

Special thanks to Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association for its excellent Minneapolis composting and recycling forum in 2015, where much of this was discussed The mixture of nitrogen-rich greens from food waste, and carbon-based browns from yard waste, combine over a six- to nine-month period to create useable compost for landscaping and road construction projects. But even…

Eureka Recycling: “There is no such thing as waste”

Eureka Recycling tipped its 1 billionth pound of recyclables onto the floor of its Northeast Minneapolis recovery center today – according to its data from 15 years of collection efforts. Nearly half of that material has been recycled into new products in Minnesota. For example, paper and cardboard becomes boxboard at WestRock in St. Paul, “and is back…

Thriving in a Land of No Waste

— Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949 It is a romantic notion that all the elements of our world are interconnected, as Wisconsin author Aldo Leopold captured in his 1949 ode to our ecology. But, it is also an accurate notion. This is, after all, how the cycles of our world have survived, century…

Sustainable We Forum: Putting a Value on Waste, by Design

At the second Sustainable We forum, in November 2015, the take-away from the group conversation seemed to come down to three bullet points: Minneapolis has the capacity, if not yet the policies, to emphasize even more sustainable social values; Minneapolis has the innovators, if not yet the awareness about them, to lift up stronger design…

Support Green Businesses

Common Roots Cafe, Minneapolis

These are some of the businesses, housing developments and green restaurants in Minneapolis that have been recognized (as of June 2015) as Hennepin County Environmental Partners. That means they have taken steps to put green practices into effect, such as recycling, re-use and composting. Consult this list for places you can support for their respect…

Spotlight: Eureka Recycling Tackles Zero-Waste

Eureka Recycling specializes in zero waste, and is one of the largest zero-waste organizations in the nation. The Northeast Minneapolis-based non-profit tracks national, regional and local developments, using its expertise to advocate for practices that help individuals, organizations, and communities understand the significance of zero waste and to achieve their own zero-waste goals. Tim Brownell,…

Eureka Recycling: Spotlight on Locals

Eureka Recycling spotlights individuals who let them know about ways they are contributing to cleaner garbage. Here is one of them: Tom Winckelman, 14, is an intern at Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis and is the son of Eureka Recycling board member Kathy Klink. Jesse Haas, the assistant manager at Mill City Farmers Market,…

Recycling: What We Do Well

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About 200 tons of waste per day arrives at the Northeast Minneapolis facility of Eureka Recycling to be sorted into 17 different products that are then resold. It processes roughly 50,000 tons of material each year. Less than 2 percent of what arrives is discarded, either because it isn’t recyclable or there isn’t a market…