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Food Rescue – BizRecycling Businesses Respond to COVID-19

Many businesses and institutions in Ramsey and Washington counties have found themselves in challenging situations as they work to navigate the health and economic fallout of coronavirus. Many food service businesses have found themselves with refrigerators and shelves full of perishable ingredients but with reduced or eliminated opportunities to sell to consumers. At the same […]

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New Grant Program: Business Pollution Prevention

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy recently launched a new grant program to assist businesses in improving the health of their employees, community, and bottom line by reducing the use of chemicals that can be harmful to the environment and lead to costly disposal and regulatory fees. The grant program is specifically for businesses such as dry […]

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Managing Summer Recycling for Restaurants

As patio season is upon us and you may be in the process of reopening, you may be ordering outdoor furniture for your guests or other supplies that often come along with a lot of packaging. Wondering what to do with those boxes? Here are a few reminders of how to dispose of them responsibly: […]

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Food Waste – A Better Use

More businesses and institutions in Ramsey and Washington Counties are separating their food waste instead of tossing it in the garbage. And there’s good reason to do so. Food waste is the largest component of our trash bin, especially for restaurants, cafeterias and food manufactures. Tossed into the trash, rotting food produces methane, a harmful […]

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Got Waste? Beyond the Recycle Bin

So you’ve got the single sort recycling down at work, but what about all of those other things you need to get rid of? Cubical walls, ink cartridges, wood pallets, packing foam peanuts and that old computer – is it reuse, recycle or garbage? Here in Minnesota, we have a number of resources to help […]

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Business Recycling Myths

Whether you’ve been recycling at your place of business for years, or are contemplating a new recycling program, it’s important to stay current on recycling best practices in order to maximize participation and financial savings. At BizRecycling, our team addresses a lot of misconceptions about recycling. Here are three of the most common: Myth 1: […]

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Sorting Recyclables from the Trash

It’s a common misconception that recyclables and organics (food waste) are separated from the trash by either your trash hauler or at its final destination. Good intending people end up tossing their plastic water bottle in the trash, thinking it will be sorted out later. We’re sorry to say, that’s not true. What happens to […]

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Why Recycling Saves Money

Garbage bills are complicated. What do all of the numbers mean, and how does recycling fit into the picture? There are three main factors to look at when thinking about your garbage: How many dumpsters you have How big your dumpsters are How often you have your dumpsters serviced Sometimes, bigger isn’t better when it […]

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Happy Earth Day!

On April 22, 1970, the very first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States. Since then, it has expanded into 192 countries around the world, and is celebrated by more than a billion people every year. The idea started as a way to raise peoples’ consciousness about pollution and other environmental concerns. Thanks to […]

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Plastic Drinking Straws

Plastic straws are everywhere. From the swizzle stick that we use to stir our morning coffee to the straw in our milkshake, sources estimate that we go through over 500 million plastic straws a day in the US alone! That’s a lot of straws. And they only get used once. Not only that, but you […]

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Wood Pallet Recycling & Reclaimed Lumber

When we think about recycling, the blue bin immediately comes to mind. Single-sort recycling is everywhere, and it’s something most businesses do. But what if your business generates a lot of wood waste, like pallets? Luckily, pallets can be reused over and over again! Using reconditioned pallets can also save your business money versus buying […]

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Recycling Glass Food & Beverage Containers

There are many compelling reasons to make sure you recycle your glass food and beverage containers. Glass containers are 100% recyclable. There is no loss of quality over time, no matter how many times food and beverage container glass goes through the recycling process. For every ton of glass that gets recycled, over a ton […]

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Recycling Paper Products

Most businesses recycle paper. But what happens to all that paper once it’s been put in the bin? First, the paper goes to the paper recycling plant. Once there, it is sorted. Not all paper fibers are equal, so among other things, paper will be sorted according to weight, color, and type. Newspaper is separated […]

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Marketing Sustainability to Your Customers

Sustainability. For a lot of businesses in the East Metro, it’s something that comes naturally. A recent survey of Ramsey County businesses revealed that 90% of the businesses surveyed were doing at least some recycling. Being sustainable and recycling is the right thing to do for a lot of different reasons. Recycling can save your […]

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Plastics Recycling (what do those chasing arrows and numbers mean?)

Plastics. They are everywhere in our modern life. From that case of bottled water for the breakroom to the plastic shrinkwrap that covers it, we encounter single-use plastic every single day. Although we do what we can to reduce the amount of plastic we are using, sometimes it’s unavoidable. That’s when we need to know […]

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