Key Findings & Reports
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 plan to improve recycling services over the next three year.
The Recycle it Forward project incorporated a variety of assessment tools to gather input from the community over a nine month period. You can view all reports and additional information by clicking on the links 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