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CaJah Salon is a hair salon in Saint Paul, just south of Macalester College.

Opportunity

When CaJah Salon wanted to find ways to recycle better at their business, they reached out to the Recycling Experts at BizRecycling for help.

How We Helped

Our Recycling Expert visited the salon to take a look at their waste stream and make recommendations for ways they could improve recycling. CaJah Salon already had some great sustainability practices in place, including offering electronic receipts to customers and providing reusable cups for water and coffee. They were also recycling shampoo bottles.

One thing we discovered was that CaJah Salon needed clearly marked recycling bins throughout the facility. With help from our Recycling Expert, Cajah Salon applied for a BizRecycling Grant. This funding paid for recycling bins and signs to help staff and clients recycle more. Our Recycling Expert also worked with CaJah’s trash hauler to determine that Cajah Salon could be recycling foil tubes and wraps.

Outcome

CaJah Salon’s clients appreciate the increased visibility of their recycling efforts. Staff have noticed how much more material they are able to put into the recycling. It is estimated that CaJah Salon is diverting an additional 1,800 pounds of recyclables every year.

In addition to their great recycling successes, CaJah Salon is acting as a positive recycling influence on the other tenants in the building, as well as the residents above them.

CaJah Salon’s manager told us, “It feels good, and it’s the right thing to do. We can’t thank you enough for your help.”

 

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