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Previous Grantees

Here are the ways businesses and schools are using their grants:

What Grant is Being Used For
A Johnson and Sons Florist
St. Paul
Bought color coordinated bins for its recycling and composting program: blue for recycling, green for organics. Previous bins for recycling, organics and trash had all been gray which was confusing for employees.
Andersen Corporation
Oak Park Heights
Will replace desk side trash cans with common area recycling centers. They will also work to replace disposable cafeteria items with compostable items. The goal is to reduce trash by 50 percent.
Blue Heron Grill
Construction of an enlarged exterior waste enclosure. This will create room for recycling and organics dumpsters allowing the restaurant to begin recycling and organics collection.
Boston Scientific
Arden Hills
Bought toters and cart tippers so they can add organics collection to the employee cafeterias in each of four buildings on their campus.
Cajah Salon
St. Paul
Were using cardboard boxes to collect recycling which was confusing for employees. Bought blue recycling bins to collect materials in the salon.
Concordia University
St. Paul
The college developed a best practices guide with consultant JL Taitt. The grant will allow for upgrading trash and recycling throughout campus – which is one of the best practices.

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Crossroads Properties
Oakdale and Woodbury
The property management company will provide recycling containers for businesses at the various locations it manages.
Hayes Residence
St. Paul
Will add color coded trash and recycling containers throughout the facility. Will also add carts to make it easier for staff to transfer the recycling from the containers to the collection dumpster outside.
Hugo Elementary
Will purchase supplies to begin a food waste to hogs and enhance recycling program. Washington County will provide staff training.
This daycare will switch from disposable cups, plates and cutlery to reusable serviceware. The grant will pay for the serviceware and a dishwasher. They’ll also put recycling containers in all the classrooms and offices.
Lake Elmo Bank
Lake Elmo
Added recycling containers to all workstations.


Lakeview Hospital
Worked with consultant JL Taitt to implement a comprehensive recycling program. As a result, the current recycling dumpsters were insufficient. The grant paid for a recycling compactor allowing the hospital to recycle more without needing additional pick ups.
Legacy Funeral Homes
St. Paul and Maplewood
One of the largest Hmong funeral homes in the state. A funeral can have 1,000 guests a day for each of the 3-4 days. They will add recycling and organics collection throughout each of their chapels.
Math and Science Academy
Currently does not recycle. The grant will pay for bins to collect recyclables. The school will also include student and staff education and hold a kickoff event.
Panacea Health Care Solutions
St. Paul
Provided bins for all employee work stations and common areas. Bought a platform cart to transport recyclables to the recycling dumpster in the basement. Bought reusable silverware for the employee break room.
Portico Healthnet
St. Paul
They worked with consultant Waste Wise to design and implement a comprehensive recycling and waste reduction program. The grant will pay for reusable serviceware and a container for plastic film recycling.
Regions Hospital
St. Paul
Conducted a waste assessment with consultant JL Taitt. As a result they piloted in-room recycling. The grant will pay for recycling containers so that in-room recycling will be offered throughout the hospital. They will also add a toter cart lift station to improve the efficiency of loading material into the recycling dumpsters.
Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women
St. Paul
They will add recycling containers to all the bedrooms in the facility and add an organics composting program for all their food scraps and non-recyclable paper.
St. Paul Academy
St. Paul
They will purchase supplies such as a sorting table and dollies for their new organics recycling program.
St. Catherine’s University
St. Paul
Currently they are running all dining room food waste through a garbage disposal. They will switch to an organics composting program in the dining areas. They hope to expand that to additional areas on campus.
St. Croix Prep Academy
They will add color coded bins to enhance their recycling program and purchase supplies for their organics recycling program.
Skally Management
St. Paul
Will add recycling containers to common areas of each of seven apartment buildings.
Tech Dump
St. Paul
They will be buying recycling containers for their new facility. In addition to common recyclables such as paper, bottles and cans, they will recycle Styrofoam, shrink wrap, pressed wood, and even mirrors.
The Lodge
White Bear Lake
Used the grant to purchase recycling and organics containers. These will allow the retirement community to enhance its recycling program and add an organics composting program.
St. Paul
They will be replacing paper only and bottles and cans only recycling containers with single-stream containers. They will also add containers for paper towels in the restrooms so that the paper towels can be added to their existing composting program.
Urban Growler
St. Paul
This startup bought bins and labels so they could incorporate recycling and organics composting into their operations from the beginning.
Valley Outreach
The service organization will add organics containers to their food shelf so they can compost the approximately 17% of donated food that they are not able to share with their clients.
Warner’s Stellian
St. Paul
They were collecting material using a variety of different types of containers. With the grant they will standardize the containers used throughout their facilities. They will also add organics composting.
Wellington Management
St. Paul
They will add recycling containers for common areas of buildings they manage. They worked with Waste Wise on a customized recycling plan that identified the best areas for the containers.
Wilder Foundation offices
St. Paul
They recycle at employee workstations. They will add recycling to employee breakrooms and other high traffic areas.
Wilder Child Development Center
St. Paul
Doesn’t currently recycle. They will add recycling containers in classrooms, offices, kitchen and other areas.
Wilder Day Treatment and Center for Social Healing
St. Paul
Doesn’t currently recycle. They will add recycling containers throughout the building.