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Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota and has been a part of the Twin Cities community for 97 years.

Challenge

Many members of the congregation at Camphor Memorial felt that the church needed to start a recycling program. At the time, the church was not recycling at all, and they were filling a 2-yard dumpster with trash every week.

Rebecca Neal, a congregant of the church, reached out to one of BizRecycling’s Recycling Experts for help starting a recycling program at the church.

How We Helped

Our Recycling Expert visited the church to learn more about their waste stream. They helped connect the church with a waste hauler to set up a new single-sort recycling service.

With a recycling service in place, the Recycling Expert worked with Neal and church administrators to apply for a BizRecycling Grant. The grant allowed the church to buy new recycling bins and signs. They also helped develop communications to get the word out to the congregants about recycling via the church bulletin.

“Getting the recycling program in place has been a process. There is still work to be done, but we can begin to see progress in decreasing our waste while increasing our recycling efforts,” said Keo Walker, lead building engineer.

Outcome

As the church continues to educate their members, the recycling program continues to thrive. The church keeps their congregation informed by posting regular bulletins outlining new updates and details of the program.

“People now speak of how good it feels to recycle and how nice the church looks as a result of these efforts,” said Neal.

Camphor Memorial hopes to soon include a recycling sorting game during their children’s sermon to create a fun and educational learning opportunity for all members.

The church continues to look for new opportunities and initiatives to further reduce their waste.

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