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The Original Gabe’s by the Park is a sports bar and eatery in Saint Paul.

Challenge

When The Original Gabe’s by the Park changed ownership, the new owners knew they wanted to get started right away recycling better. “When we took over the restaurant, there wasn’t really any recycling set up,” said co-owner Kevin Montpetit. They knew they needed help to do things right, so they reached out to BizRecycling for help.

How We Helped

Our Recycling Expert visited Gabe’s by the Park to learn about the business and their recycling needs. They helped determine the optimal placement of recycling bins both in the back-of-house and front-of-house. When they learned that Gabe’s by the Park was relying on disposable cups to get them through peak demand times, they recommended adding a dishwasher. Working with our Recycling Expert, Gabe’s by the Park applied for a BizRecycling grant. The funds were used to purchase new recycling and trash bins. They were also able to purchase and install a dishwasher and expand their stock of reusable glasses.

Outcome

Thanks to the addition of a well-planned recycling system, Gabe’s by the Park is diverting over 40 tons of recyclables from the trash every year. They are also saving money on disposable cups, and staff time is no longer squandered on washing glasses by hand.

“It was all really easy; the grant and the recycling. The staff was all on board with recycling,” Montpetit remarked. “Recycling is becoming so common now that people were used to doing it, and it was easy to get people on board.”

After achieving tangible success right away, Montpetit and the rest of the Gabe’s by the Park team are looking for ways they can continue to improve.

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