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KINMN Awarded Grant to Improve Sustainability Efforts

Each day, the average American produces 4.4 pounds of solid waste, making the US the #1 trash-producing country in the world. The EPA estimates that 75% of this waste is recyclable, but only 30% is actually sent to be recycled. Bummer right? But here is some good news! Kids In Need Minnesota was officially approved […]

World Environment Day was celebrated earlier this month on June 5. A day marked by the United Nations, World Environment Day was created to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment.

Each day, the average American produces 4.4 pounds of solid waste, making the US the #1 trash-producing country in the world. The EPA estimates that 75% of this waste is recyclable, but only 30% is actually sent to be recycled.

Bummer right?

But here is some good news!

Kids In Need Minnesota was officially approved for a $10,000 grant earlier this year to improve and manage our workplace waste and recycling!

The grant was received through BizRecycling, an initiative of Ramsey/Washington County Recycling and Energy. We were connected with recycling experts from Minnesota Waste Wise and volunteers from Target’s Waste Minimization Team who helped us identify some of our waste-stream weaknesses and offered practical suggestions for waste-reduction opportunities. We focused our grant proposal on standardizing our receptacles and methods to deal with cardboard.

We were so excited to receive our new bins, which are color coded and labeled to help keep our three streams of waste separate—recycling, trash, and plastic film. We set up recycling stations throughout our warehouse and office space so that it is just as convenient to recycle as it is to throw something away.

In addition, we are in the process of purchasing our very first cardboard baler! Currently, cardboard boxes are broken down by our staff and volunteers and stored in huge bins around our warehouse until they can be picked up. With a baler, it is predicted that our current output of cardboard would create just 3 bales every two weeks. We would save volunteer time and use less storage space, a concern as our organization continues to grow. 

We are proud of our efforts to make the work done at Kids In Need Minnesota more sustainable and responsible. Thank you so much to BizRecycling to help make this happen!

BizRecycling exists to help local businesses, non-profits, schools and institutions reduce waste and recycle better. To learn more about what they do or to apply for their grant, check out http://www.bizrecycling.com

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