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Hampden Park Co-op is a cooperative grocery store in Saint Paul.

Challenge

Hampden Park Co-op had a good recycling system in place, and were doing good work with food donation, they wanted to do more with the non-edible food waste they generated. They worked with their trash hauler to add an organics recycling dumpster, but realized that they needed help getting a system set up within their store. They reached out to BizRecycling for help.

How We Helped

Our Recycling Expert visited Hampden Park Co-op to learn about workflow. They then helped Hampden Park Co-op determine the best placement for collection bins. Using industry best-practices, Hampden Park Co-op used a BizRecycling grant to purchase color-coded recycling and organics bins to use throughout the facility.

Communicating the new organics recycling program to staff and customers is an ongoing process, but one that Hampden Park Co-op is committed to. Since many of their members already compost in their back yards, one of their challenges has been getting people to embrace the wider variety of materials that can be collected through a commercial composting program.

Results

Thanks to Hampden Park Co-op’s ongoing commitment to being good stewards of the environment, the organics recycling program is diverting over 60 tons of compostable materials a year. They also donate over 6,000 pounds of eatable food to food shelves. Hampden Park Co-op also has a system in place to recycle plastic wrap, which keeps an additional three tons or more of material out of the landfill.

Hampden Park Co-op is demonstrating their commitment to the community and the environment through their recycling, food donation, and composting efforts. Their General Manager told us, “I’m so grateful to be able to do this here! We are showing how we are living our co-operative values and that enforces our connection to our community.”

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