ESNDC promotes Sustainable Redevelopment & Bizrecycling
ESNDC received the Mayor’s Sustainable Saint Paul Award for providing energy-related assistance to businesses on Payne Avenue and Arcade Street. ESNDC worked with Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Energy Smart Project to offer free programs for businesses to learn ways to become more energy efficient, while also providing financing to help businesses cover the costs associated with energy improvements.
To date, about 25 local businesses have taken advantage of no-cost on-site energy consultations, forgivable loans and Xcel Energy rebates. Improvements made by business owners resulted in a 50% reduction of their energy bills.
While building on this momentum of sustainable redevelopment ESNDC secured a Bizaware Grant from the Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Project to conduct outreach activities and provide education to business owners in order to reduce solid waste, advance recycling practices and promote reuse.
Renewed for 2016, this grant will help us achieve 3 objectives:
Objective #1 – Data Collection: ESNDC will collect relevant data in order to determine current waste disposal practices and identify opportunities for improvements that will reduce trash and promote reuse and recycling.
Objective #2 – On-going recycling education- Inform businesses about the new Solid Waste Management State Law commencing on January 1, 2016. Local governments, waste haulers and individual businesses all have a key role to play in ensuring that business-generated waste is recycled rather than sent to landfills.
Objective #3 – Annual commercial corridor clean-up & spruce up, will take place in June 2016. ESNDC and Payne Arcade Business Association will rally no less than 40 volunteers to conduct a commercial corridor clean-up by picking up trash, collecting recyclables and weeding out overgrown brush along Payne Avenue and Arcade Street. Volunteers will also plant and distribute pots of flowers to be maintained by businesses along both streets. Volunteers will be ambassadors for Bizrecycling while engaging in the community clean-up.
Recycling to be Required
Two State laws enacted in 2014 require most Metro area business, colleges and universities to begin or expand their recycling programs. Recycling Statute as amended 2014.
BUSINESSES WILL BE AFFECTED
Most businesses in the Metro area will have to recycle at least three types of material by January 1, 2016. See the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s website for more information regarding this law.
Are you affected? If you are the owner of a commercial building that meets the following criteria, you will need to have recycling collection:
Located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington county •
Contains one or more businesses classified in sectors 42 to 81 under the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS codes) •
Contracts for four cubic yards or more per week of trash collection
Regardless of whether or not your business must recycle, it just makes sense. Don’t throw your profits out with the trash. By practicing waste prevention, reusing products, recycling whenever possible, and making environmentally conscious purchases, your business can not only meet the mandates, but also cut costs, increase profits, and help the environment.
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