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Blog: Sorting Recyclables from the Trash

Sorting Recyclables from the Trash

It’s a common misconception that recyclables and organics (food waste) are separated from the trash by either your trash hauler or at its final destination. Good intending people end up tossing their plastic water bottle in the trash, thinking it will be sorted out later. We’re sorry to say, that’s not true. What happens to […]

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Why Recycling Saves Money

Garbage bills are complicated. What do all of the numbers mean, and how does recycling fit into the picture? There are three main factors to look at when thinking about your garbage: How many dumpsters you have How big your dumpsters are How often you have your dumpsters serviced Sometimes, bigger isn’t better when it […]

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Grantee of the Week: Stella’s on 97

We recently had the pleasure to talk in depth with Max Stephens, owner of Stella’s on 97 in Forest Lake. Max had been concerned that expanding recycling at his restaurant would require a lot of complicated sorting of materials. Then Max learned about BizRecycling, thanks to the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hosting a […]

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Happy Earth Day!

On April 22, 1970, the very first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States. Since then, it has expanded into 192 countries around the world, and is celebrated by more than a billion people every year. The idea started as a way to raise peoples’ consciousness about pollution and other environmental concerns. Thanks to […]

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Grantee of the Week Blog Post - Sunray BP

Grantee of the Week: Sunray BP Gas Station

Jorge Samper Zelaya, owner of the Sunray BP gas station and auto repair shop in Saint Paul, has a strong commitment to the environment. From updated LED lighting in the store to a waste-oil heater to keep the shop and store warm, Sunray BP is leading the pack with sustainable business practices. Meeting the challenges […]

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Plastic Drinking Straws

Plastic straws are everywhere. From the swizzle stick that we use to stir our morning coffee to the straw in our milkshake, sources estimate that we go through over 500 million plastic straws a day in the US alone! That’s a lot of straws. And they only get used once. Not only that, but you […]

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Blog Post Grantee of the Week: Hamline University

Grantee of the Week: Hamline University

Hamline University was a pioneer in food waste recycling, having started one of the first food waste recycling programs in the Twin Cities way back in 1991. When they were planning to relocate their main kitchen and food service operations, they wanted help to expand and improve their existing. That’s where BizRecycling came in. Our […]

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Wood Pallet Recycling & Reclaimed Lumber

When we think about recycling, the blue bin immediately comes to mind. Single-sort recycling is everywhere, and it’s something most businesses do. But what if your business generates a lot of wood waste, like pallets? Luckily, pallets can be reused over and over again! Using reconditioned pallets can also save your business money versus buying […]

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Grantee of the Week - Saint Paul Hotel

Grantee of the Week: The Saint Paul Hotel

Several years ago, BizRecycling had the opportunity to work with The Saint Paul Hotel to help them start an organics recycling program to manage their kitchen scraps, plate waste, and other compostable organics. It was the next logical step for an establishment that already had a strong focus on sustainability. “Guests tend not to think […]

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Recycling Glass Food & Beverage Containers

There are many compelling reasons to make sure you recycle your glass food and beverage containers. Glass containers are 100% recyclable. There is no loss of quality over time, no matter how many times food and beverage container glass goes through the recycling process. For every ton of glass that gets recycled, over a ton […]

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Grantee of the Week: Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

Grantee of the Week: Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company is a craft beer brewer in Saint Paul. As a popular destination taproom, Tin Whiskers quickly learned that their three-compartment sink was inadequate for keeping up with demand for beer glasses at peak times. That meant keeping a supply of disposable cups on hand for when they’d get busy. When Tin […]

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Recycling Paper Products

Most businesses recycle paper. But what happens to all that paper once it’s been put in the bin? First, the paper goes to the paper recycling plant. Once there, it is sorted. Not all paper fibers are equal, so among other things, paper will be sorted according to weight, color, and type. Newspaper is separated […]

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Grantee of the Week: The Travelers Companies

With a recycling program and organics collection in place, The Travelers Companies building in downtown Saint Paul was already ahead of the recycling game. Their facilities manager, however, though that the building could recycle better. They knew they couldn’t make the improvements on their own. They reached out to BizRecycling for help. We sent one […]

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Marketing Sustainability to Your Customers

Sustainability. For a lot of businesses in the East Metro, it’s something that comes naturally. A recent survey of Ramsey County businesses revealed that 90% of the businesses surveyed were doing at least some recycling. Being sustainable and recycling is the right thing to do for a lot of different reasons. Recycling can save your […]

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Grantee of the Week: St. Paul Saints

The St. Paul Saints Baseball Club is a leading example of planned sustainability. When they were designing their new ballpark in 2014, they got in touch with us to help them incorporate recycling and organics collection into the plan. Our Recycling Experts were excited to be able to work on such an innovative project. The […]

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