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Current BizRecycling Partner Projects

As a BizRecycling partner, the East Side Area Business Association (ESABA) is reaching out to its members, with a focus on businesses that sell food. These businesses will be impacted by the City of Saint Paul’s proposed Sustainable-To-Go Ordinance. With participation from the local businesses, ESABA is exploring a buying cooperative for sustainable packaging. This cooperative will making the transition to recyclable, compostable or reusable materials easier for member businesses.

The East Side Neighborhood Development Company (ESNDC) is partnering with the Payne Arcade Business Association to educate 200 businesses on St. Paul’s East Side about waste reduction and recycling practices in the workplace. They will promote BizRecycling and work to increase awareness of waste issues for member businesses. Outreach using free technical consultants will create a positive change in habitual and externally-driven behaviors.

The Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will build visibility for BizRecycling through a coordinated marketing and public relations campaign. This includes monthly stories and information in Chamber newsletters, postcards, and webpages. The Chamber has developed two “Chamber U” educational sessions and various other speaking engagements, including a business round table, to promote BizRecycling. The Chamber has also developed a recognition program to feature businesses in the area that have successfully implemented or improved recycling programs.
The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) will develop direct individual business owner outreach and education, which has been proven effective with Latino-owned businesses. The LEDC recognizes the need to develop strong community-based personal relationships (both residential and business sectors). It’s important to engage with business owners in events and activities and participate in community events such as Cinco de Mayo to strengthen and educate on recycling efforts. The LEDC is partnering with the East Side Enterprise Center to target other non-Latino businesses in Ramsey and Washington counties.
The St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (SPACC) will host industry specific BizRecycling town hall forums targeting over 1,200 member businesses in the East Metro. SPACC will feature BizRecycling speakers at these meetings. SPACC will also create a “Green Business of the Year” Award. The Chamber will create a new annual award to honor a small to medium size business member that has displayed excellent achievement in sustainable practices.
The Stillwater Independent Business Alliance (SIBA) successfully completed six presentations: four coffee-hour sessions and two after-hour sessions that brought the local business community together and offered a forum for questions and dialogue on recycling issues and practices. SIBA also presented to local Chambers of Commerce, Lions Clubs and Marina Associations about the importance of recycling and the free resources available through the BizRecycling program. SIBA is now partnering with the City of Stillwater in addressing downtown waste management practices and promoting the BizRecycling program through regular City mailings.
The Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation (VHEDC) will be adding a Recycling Recognition Award, having BizRecycling sponsor the Annual Report and Dinner. Working closely with BizRecycling, organized events will include a Business Appreciation Event co-hosted by the City of Vadnais Heights, with MN Waste Wise presenting at this event. Each month there will be a Business Mixer, and prior to each of these meetings, there will be a Pre-Mixer Round-table session with a BizRecycling representative.
The White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce will partner with the City of Maplewood to organize a Green Business Expo. BizRecycling will be extensively promoted to the entire Chamber membership of 375 business and community leaders in Ramsey and Washington Counties. The City of Maplewood will help outreach to several hundred businesses in Maplewood.

The Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce, joined BizRecycling as a partner in 2017. The Chamber is raising Woodbury’s sustainability profile. Through learning sessions, business meetings and community events, members are learning about the BizRecycling program and hearing stories from successful local businesses. Members are educated and encouraged to implement sustainable changes that create positive impacts for their business, the community and our environment.

BizRecycling originally provided technical consultation to the St. Paul Saints in 2014 during the design phase of CHS Field and the first season of play at the stadium in 2015. This included an analysis of the new ballpark design plans, working with the organization to identify how to implement recycling and organics diversion programs, and how to set up vendor contracts for those services. The Saints received a BizRecycling Grant that paid for all of the facility’s back-of-house compost and recycling containers, as well as an initial supply of compostable bags. On opening day, the facility boasted state-of-the-art waste reduction, recycling, and composting recycling initiatives. In their first season, the Saints achieved close to a 50% recycling rate and are working toward a 90% recycling rate. With up to 7,000 fans attending every game, the educational reach of the Saints’ programs will go far beyond the walls of CHS Field, making waste reduction, recycling, and composting fun for the whole family.