Good Questions: Plastic Recycling, Mileage Signs, LEGO structures
What do they do with the Capitol Christmas tree after the season is over?
The city of Minneapolis is getting one step closer to creating a Zero Waste city. Starting next year, the city will have curbside pickup for recycling organics.
Cheri from Marshall wants to know: How much do you have to clean something you recycle? Hennepin County spokesperson Angie Timmons says recyclables don’t require scrubbing or dishwasher treatment, but you should give it a quick rinse.
Those white Styrofoam take out containers will soon be banned in Minneapolis. The city council has adopted a measure to amend the city code that will outlaw Styrofoam containers starting on Earth Day, April 22, 2015.
Recycling just got easier, and more inclusive, in St. Paul. Starting Monday, residents can put all recyclables into one bin for pickup. They can also recycle more plastics — things like produce and deli containers, yogurt cups, and shampoo bottles.
If the Metrodome’s demolition was like a Vikings football game, we’d be in the final few minutes of the last quarter. Anyone who has driven by the facility over the past few weeks has likely noticed the demolition is almost complete. “All we have left is to clear the site of the rubble,” said Michele Kelm-Helgen, Chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.
Minnesota is considering a new recycling program where you could return your drink containers for 10 cents a piece. On Tuesday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency held a public hearing to release a report that argued our can and bottle recycling rate could rise from 45 percent to 84 percent with a 10-cent deposit fee. The report said a new program would add 1,000 jobs in the state, but costs beverage producers $29 million.So that had us wondering: How does Minnesota rank in recycling?
Some of you have already gotten rid of your Christmas trees, and some of you are probably putting it off. Sure, you can leave yours by the curb for pickup. But we found out there’s a way you can make good use of that tree for the next four months or so.
Minnesota’s recycling rate is among the highest in the country. But that’s not saying a lot when you consider that at 47 percent, less than half of all residents are chipping in.
If you’ve visited The Science Museum of Minnesota lately, you’ve probably noticed some changes. There’s the new Maya exhibit and a new cafe with gelato, but perhaps the biggest change at the museum is one you haven’t noticed.
Fashion trends come and go. But now many formerly-beloved shirts and dresses are getting a new life.
It’s an increasingly popular trend called “upcycling.” They use those previous items to create new ones. Watch the video above to see WCCO photojournalist Joe Mears’ journey to a local shop called Sassy Knitwear in Minneapolis, where dressing “sassy” means dressing responsibly.
The term “Going Green” can be a little intimidating. But Saturday at the Union Depot in St. Paul, MN Goes Green organizers hope to make it easy with everything from repurposing items in your house, to fashion and food.
Thanks to significant improvements in waste reduction and recycling programs, residents of Hennepin County increased their recycling efforts to 43 percent in 2012.
Minneapolis is using Earth Day to continue to roll more of its new single-sort recycling system.