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Mayor Coleman has announced an initiative to increase plastics recycling in the City, following the results of an extensive city-commissioned study done by Wilder Research. Results of the study showed that 90 percent of Saint Paul residents are concerned about a lack of plastics recycling, and half of Saint Paul residents aren’t aware of all materials that are recyclable. Respondents indicated that moving to single-sort recycling was a top desire. Residents want reuse and disposal options for bulky items like furniture and appliances made easier. In addition, residents are supportive of a collection system for organics.

As a result, in early 2014, the City will expand plastics recycling, move to a single-sort system, and launch an educational initiative to help revitalize the program.  This timeline outlines the City's plans to improve recycling services. 

The Recycle it Forward project incorporated a variety of assessment tools to gather input from the community over a nine month period. View all reports and additional information below:

Wilder Research Foundation Final Report:
Recycle it Forward: A comprehensive assessment fo recycling and waste management          97 pages

Wilder Research Foundation Final Report Executive Summary:
Recycle it Forward: A comprehensive assessment of recycling and waste management  10 pages

Wilder Research Foundation Final Report Exec. Summary Brief:
Report Brief  2 pages

Open Saint Paul Public Comment Summary
Open Saint Paul

Community Clean Up Event Survey Summary:
Community Clean Up Event

Wilder Research Foundation Mailed Survey Questions:
Residential Survey Questions

Wilder Research Foundation Final Report for Ramsey County Public Health:
Solid Waste Management in Ramsey County

Eureka Recycling Zero Waste Composting Report:
Zero Waste Composting Report

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Policy Plan Fact Sheet:
Metropolitan Solid Waste Managment Policy Plan 2010-2030
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