Through eleven weeks of the KARE 11 Great Green Challenge, viewers
witnessed recycling champion Meteorologist Laura Betker raise awareness
with her co-workers and change behaviors.
Employee participation and training is critical to the success of any
business' recycling program. Spread the news about your recycling
efforts to maximize participation.
Spring is a good time to consider eco-friendly landscaping practices that focus on using:
You may not have noticed, but your business started going "green" when
purchasing managers ditched the huge paper catalogs they used to order
supplies and began ordering online. Another way your business can go
green is to buy green products.
About 55 percent of the Twin Cities metro region's waste comes from
businesses. That's 1.9 million tons of waste every year. And, nearly 11
percent of that waste consists of food and food-soiled paper.
Imagine this scene: You walk into a meeting and see dozens of StyrofoamTM
coffee cups, stacks of copies of agendas and reports and more pastries
than your group could consume at two meetings. Is this environmentally
Waste generated by businesses can be reduced through the socially and
environmentally responsible act of donation. Many social service
organizations in the Twin Cities metro area are in continuous need of
food, clothing, household items, and office
So your business has taken KARE 11's Great Green Challenge.
Congratulations on starting a recycling program! Now it's time to make
sure it's running smoothly by evaluating your in-house recycling program
to make sure it's being maximized.
The average U.S. office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each
year, adding up to 4 million tons of copy paper annually for all workers
combined, according to the EPA.
If your company doesn't currently recycle, a waste audit is an important
step towards implementing a new recycling program. To find out what
percentage of your trash is made up of recyclable materials, it's time
to "Look in the Bin".
Your guide for waste and recycling in the Twin Cities. Resources, tips, and a pledge to help your business recycle.
Rethink Recycling offers 5 simple ways to begin recycling on the job.
Simple tips for offices and businesses to save energy without hurting the bottom line.
Minnesota Waste Wise offers a program to recycle printer cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops.
Locations for recycling plastic bags in Minnesota.
Here's a guide of recycling centers available in the Twin Cities metro area from Rethink Recycling.
Glass, paper, mattresses? What can be recycled and where? Here is a resource page from Recycle More Minnesota.