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Grantee of the Week: Children’s Discovery Academy

Children’s Discovery Academy in Vadnais Heights had a problem. They needed to feed 134 students per day, but the financial and environmental costs of using disposable dishes was taking its toll. They knew there had to be a better way, and after learning about the BizRecycling program from Ramsey County, they contacted us for help.

After a visit from one of our Recycling Experts, Children’s Discovery Academy decided to apply for a BizRecycling Grant. The grant allowed Children’s Discovery Academy to purchase a dishwasher and a supply of reusable dishes. Making the switch from disposables to reusables is saving the Academy over $6,000 a year on supplies alone!

Asked how the change from disposables to reusables was going, Children’s Discovery Academy Director Andrea Vorderbruggen told us, “It’s great that we have been able to stay away from paper, both for the environment, and also the parents love it! It’s something that we are very proud of.”

The success of Children’s Discovery Academy is another great example of how doing the right thing for the environment can also work out to be the right thing for a business. They not only drastically reduced the amount of garbage they generate, but they are saving a significant amount of money. Vorderbriggen told us about another unexpected benefit of the change: the dishwasher is great for sanitizing children’s toys!

Find out how BizRecycling can help your East Metro business find ways to reduce waste and recycle better. Contact us for a free on-site consultation with a recycling expert. It only takes about 30 minutes of your time, and the recycling expert can help guide you through the process of applying for a BizRecycling Grant. In no time at all, we could be telling YOUR story here!

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