Away-From-Home recycling programs launched in Duluth area with help from WLSSDDuluth, MN - The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) and Minnesota Waste Wise, in partnership with Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD), announced new recycling opportunities in the Duluth area today.
Duluth, MN - The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) and Minnesota Waste Wise, in partnership with Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD), announced new recycling opportunities in the Duluth area today. Message in a Bottle™, an away-from-home bottle and can recycling program managed by RAM, and It's in the Bag ™, a plastic bag recycling program managed by Waste Wise, will begin in Duluth starting November 4.
"There is a great need to have easily-accessible recycling programs when Minnesotans are on the go. Message in a Bottle™ (MIB) and It's in the Bag™ (IITB) fulfill this need," stated Ellen Telander, Executive Director of RAM.
Both of these recycling programs have been highly successful at convenience and grocery stores in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Mankato and Hutchinson. Success is partially due to the eye-catching recycling containers used by the programs. MIB containers are shaped like soda bottles and IITB containers are clear, making it easy to see what's inside. To date, MIB has recycled more than 500,000 pounds of beverage containers and other plastics. IITB has recycled more than 5.5 million pounds of plastic bags and shrink film.
"We are thrilled that these new recycling programs are launching in our area," said Marianne Bohren, WLSSD Executive Director. "By far, we see more plastic beverage containers in the trash than any other recyclable material. Each of these programs will help residents in our region recycle more materials-saving energy, natural resources, and landfill space."
The programs will also be partnering with Airpark Products & Services (APS), a division of theMinnesota State Operated Community Services programs that employs adults with disabilities in the Duluth area. APS employees will pick up recyclables at participating businesses, and then sort and package them for transport. The program is projected to create 20 plus full-time jobs at APS. "Duluth has been growing GREEN" said Linda "Lena" Schaumburg; Vocational Rehab Program Coordinator for Northern MSOCS. "This is an opportunity for us to be involved in the green recycling need in Minnesota for all our futures!"
The program expansion is possible due in part to a grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development's Solid Waste Management grant program which will provide funding to launch the programs in 10 additional areas throughout Minnesota. "The beauty of this program is that it becomes self-sustaining in six to twelve months time," said Telander.
"This program gives rural communities the tools and resources necessary to better manage waste disposal costs and reduce impact on the environment," said Colleen Landkamer, State Director for Rural Development in Minnesota. "I am proud that Rural Development was able to provide the funding to help make this collaboration possible and look forward to following this project as it develops."
The Minnesota Beverage Association along with other business partners has also provided matching funds for the grant program. "It is important that this highly successful recycling program be offered statewide. Minnesotans are great recyclers when given the opportunity," stated Joan Archer, executive director of the Minnesota Beverage Association.
Minnesota Waste Wise is a nonprofit affiliate program of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and is committed to helping Minnesota businesses save money through waste reduction, resource conservation and energy efficiency. Waste Wise has enjoyed more than 15 years of experience consulting with businesses to achieve their environmental sustainability goals.