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Gateway Trailside is a food truck located between Lansing Ave and HWY 96 off of the Gateway Trail at mile marker 15 in Stillwater/Grant area of Minnesota.

Challenge

Tamra Hartman, owner and operator of Gateway Trailside is passionate about healthy food and improving the lives of others. When Hartman started, she was having trouble finding a waste hauler that would service her remote location. She met with our recycling experts in 2017 because she wanted her food truck to begin recycling more and to add organics recycling.

How We Helped

Tamra decided to move ahead with both starting recycling and composting services, and then worked with our recycling experts to identify needs to fully outfit an effective recycling program.The BizRecycling grant was ultimately able to provide a six month supply of certified compostable materials and a high quality outdoor bin to help educate and guide her customers to make the right decision and recycle or compost when they can.

Outcome

Gateway Trailside often serves up to 150 customers a day throughout the summer and now their response to the environmental aspects of Tamra’s operation are much more positive. “Environmentally positive behavior is something that my customers value and deliberately seek out, so I’m happy that I can provide this.”

These changes at Gateway Trailside are expected to divert over 8,000 pounds of waste from the trash stream every season, the bulk of that coming from the new organics recycling activities. Tamra has also begun renting electric bicycles and will ensure to include these new recycling habits in all her future endeavors. “I love being able to tell my customers that everything I just handed them can go into the compost bin, we really don’t have much trash anymore.”

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