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Grantee of the Week: Stella’s on 97

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Stella’s on 97 is a fine-casual dining restaurant in Forest Lake, MN. Stella’s on 97 was already recycling cardboard and fryer oil, but was still frustrated with their high trash bills. They wanted to do more, but were also concerned that expanding their recycling would add too much complication. When they heard about BizRecycling at a presentation sponsored by a BizRecycling Partner, Stella’s on 97 owner, Max Stephens, reached out for help.

Our Recycling Expert visited Stella’s on 97 to learn more about their restaurant. It was clear that adding a single-sort recycling program would allow Stella’s on 97 to divert a lot of waste. In addition, they suggested that Stella’s on 97 add an organics recycling program.

While reviewing the restaurant’s garbage bill, our Recycling Expert discovered that the charges seemed disproportionately high. A call to the hauler got that straightened out, and also allowed Stella’s on 97 to add single-sort recycling to their service.

Stella’s on 97 used their BizRecycling grant to purchase new recycling and organics bins for the restaurant and expand the existing waste enclosure to accommodate the new organics collection dumpster.

Adding single-sort and organics recycling to their waste management process helped cut Stella’s on 97’s trash volume in half. They are now diverting over 7,000 pounds of organics and nearly 5,000 pounds of recyclables per year. They’re also saving $500 a month on their trash bill!

“I never would have started recycling if it wasn’t for this program. Making it simple with putting all recycling in one bin, plus help with training was huge.” – Max Stephens, Owner


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