Eureka Recycling


  • Saint Paul’s award-winning non-profit recycling program since 1991
  • A mission-driven nonprofit organization that looks beyond the bottom line to provide the best recycling services - balancing cost, convenience, and environmental concerns
  • Currently under a 13-year contract with the City of Saint Paul, which mandates recycling
  • A national leader in demonstrating the best waste reduction and recycling practices
  • Serves all of Saint Paul's 282,000 residents
  • The curbside program serves 84,621 households
  • Saint Paul is the largest U.S. City with a recycling program operated by a non-profit
  • Saint Paul is the one of the largest U.S. cities that provides recycling service to all of its apartment buildings, which range in size from 12 to 550 units
  • The amount of material collected has increased 10-fold since the program went Citywide in 1986
  • Participation rates have increased from 15% to 62%
  • Recyclable materials are collected by Eureka’s biodiesel-powered vehicles, saving 12,000 gallons of petroleum-based fuel each year
  • Recipient of the 2005 American Forest & Paper Association’s National Small Business Paper Recycler of the Year Award
  • Recyclable materials collected by Eureka Recycling include cardboard, newspaper, junk mail, plastics, glass, office paper, steel cans, aluminum, and textiles
  • Initiated a paper-buying cooperative that combines many small paper orders into one large order to offer quality 100% recycled office paper at a reduced cost
  • Initiated an Internet-based exchange - Twin Cities Free Market - that connects people who have free reusable items with people who want them, which has resulted in over 2,000 tons of reusable goods being diverted from landfills and incinerators.