Saturday, August 29, 2009

Late August Trash...

Just a few weeks into the experiment and it appears that Brian is losing patience.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Does your favorite restaurant compost?

I noticed that on the Eureka site, they mention:

Birchwood Café, Barbette, Bryant Lake Bowl, Common Roots Café, and the Red Stag Supper Club were the first to start composting in partnership with Eureka Recycling...

This got me thinking. What if we made a point of asking the restaurants we frequent to consider composting?

To Do
  • Draft a sample letter and postcards suggesting that restaurants look into composting.

Monday, August 10, 2009

It never hurts to ask...

Dear Dan,

I was wondering if there is any way Eureka could coordinate with the Gimme 5 Campaign ( that is taking #5 plastic, and the Aveda Salon's campaign that is taking hard bottle lids ( It would be nice if Eureka and these campaigns could collaborate to offer curbside pickup for these items. What do you think?

I am very interested in reducing and recycling as much waste in our household as we can. So, I have been taking note of the things that I can't recycle with Eureka and trying to find alternatives, including avoiding items altogether whenever possible. I am documenting my experience here,

Thanks for your help!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

#5 Plastic and Bottle Caps

After reviewing Eureka's website ( I read up elsewhere about what to do with stuff they won't take. I found out that Aveda Salons is taking hard bottle caps (mayo, shampoo lids) and that Whole Foods in Uptown is taking #5 plastic (yogurt containers). I'm glad I have options although I can only hope that the near future will bring a more efficient and user-friendly way of keeping this stuff out of the landfills.

Related Links

To Do
  • Ask Eureka if they would consider taking these items and work out a deal with Aveda and Whole foods that can make use of them.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

July Trash 2009

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Brushing up...

I'll need to brush up on what can and cannot be recycled. I've been trained to throw out packaging designed for the freezer, yogurt containers, and packaging for beverages. A quick trip to, our curbside recycling service in St. Paul, should set me straight.