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Temple of Aaron is a synagogue in Saint Paul.

Challenge

One of the Temple of Aaron’s congregants wanted to help the synagogue switch from disposable cups, plates and utensils to compostable items and start an organics recycling program. When Temple of Aaron learned about the BizRecycling program, they contacted us for help.

How We Helped

Our Recycling Expert met with the congregant and staff from Temple of Aaron. They identified a two-pronged approach to reducing waste and recycling better. Adding an organics recycling service and compostable service ware was one part of the puzzle. Our Recycling Expert also noticed that Temple of Aaron needed color-coded recycling bins for their single-sort recycling program.

Working with our Recycling Expert, Temple of Aaron applied for a BizRecycling grant to help pay for the necessary materials to implement the recycling and organics plans. They purchased new color-coded bins for single-sort recycling and organics. They also purchased an initial 6-month supply of compostable service ware. Our recycling Expert also helped train staff, including kitchen and custodial staff, on the new organics program. Custom signs were developed for use throughout the temple.

Outcome

The improvements are immediately obvious. The volume of trash at Temple of Aaron has been reduced by 50%. Their single-sort recycling collection has doubled. They’re diverting nearly 10 tons of compostable organics from the trash every year. The congregation have been very enthusiastic in their adoption of the new recycling initiatives.

Temple of Aaron’s Executive Director, Ken Agranoff, tells us, “Our members and students are proud that their place of worship and study has taken a visible position in being wiser stewards of food and other materials. Our Social Justice & Action Committee is hearing that members now have heightened awareness to be more proactive at home in being conscious of food waste and proper disposal of items.”