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Summary of Current Grantee Projects

The East Side Area Business Association (ESABA) provides meaningful connections to the diverse business community of St. Paul’s East Side. As a BizRecycling partner, ESABA is reaching out to their members, with a focus on businesses that sell food. 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;  making the transition to recyclable, compostable or reusable materials easier.

The East Side Neighborhood Development Company (ESNDC) will partner 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 by increasing awareness of waste issues and engaging businesses through outreach using free technical consultants, thereby creating 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 Chambers 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 the two 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 members 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, prior to each of these meetings, there will be a Pre-Mixer Roundtable 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. This event 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, and it’s member businesses, are committed to promoting Woodbury’s economic, civic, commercial, cultural, industrial and educational interests. Joining BizRecycling 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. The first season the Saints achieved nearly a 50% recycling rate and are still 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.