Reducing Your Waste
A local program for reusable items
Twin Cities Free Market SM, a reuse program of Eureka Recycling, is a local website where you can list items to give away or search for free items available in your community. Visit the website today and benefit the environment, save money, and make someone’s day! Funding for Twin Cities Free Market is provided in part by Ramsey County.
Learn how easy it is to use the Twin Cities Free Market by watching this short video.
Search the A to Z Recycling & Disposal Guide for information on how to reduce, reuse, recycle and properly dispose of many household items.
Give gifts this holiday season…not waste!
|| Most curbside recycling programs do not accept wrapping paper for recycling. Most wrapping paper is not recyclable because manufacturers can’t use it to make new paper. This includes tissue paper, glittered or painted paper, foil paper, and metallic papers. While some regular gift wrap may be recyclable, it gets mixed up with paper that manufacturers can’t use, as well as all those pretty bows and ribbons.
Avoid big piles of wasted paper this holiday season. Download these gift wrapping ideas(PDF) to not only conserve paper and other resources, but save money, too!
Green Gatherings Information
Green Gatherings is a guide that helps you plan events of all sizes with just the right "shade of green". Resources including planning guides, tips, case studies, helpful links, and more are provided to help you get started with going green at your next event.
Households can significantly reduce their advertising and unwanted mail (junk mail) by taking the following simple steps:
* Register with the Direct Marketing Association’s free Mail Preference Service. It’s as easy as sending a postcard with your name and address to:
Mail Preference Services
PO Box 9008
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008
* The nation’s major consumer credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian, Innovis and Trans Union – established a toll-free number to get off lists for pre-approved credit card solicitations. The recording will ask for your social security number, full name, address and telephone numbers.
The service allows you to opt out for two years or permanently. You can "opt back in" at any time by calling the same number.
* Contact individual mailers to be removed from distribution lists. Not all companies use national systems. For instance, you can opt out of the Valpak Mailings.
* When making a purchase through a catalog, remember to note on the form you do not want the company to “rent, sell or share” your personal information. Or, "Please remove my name from your marketing database. In addition, please do not pass along my name to others through mail list sales or trades. Thank-you for your cooperation."
Any unwanted paper mail you DO receive can be recycled! There is no need to remove windows from envelopes, staples or paperclips.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has more information and resources to reduce the “hail of unwanted mail” at Reduce.org.
Unwanted Phone Books
Information on phone book reduction options.
Holiday Card Recycling
||You can mail your holiday card donations to:
St. Jude's Ranch for Children
Recycled Card Program
100 St. Jude's Street
Boulder City, NV 89005
Only the card front can be used (please check to be sure the back side is clear of any writing, etc.)
For more details about the recycled card program, visit St. Judes Ranch