Additional Member Benefits
Minnesota Waste Wise Events
Minnesota Waste Wise hosts a variety of events, workshops and webinars on environmental sustainability issues. These workshops bring together businesses and organizations that are looking for practical ideas on how to reduce waste, improve sustainable business practices and save money. Click here to view current Minnesota Waste Wise events.
We can help improve your environmental - or "green" - image by promoting your successful waste reduction and energy efficient practices to your customers and the public. A positive environmental image can help increase employee morale, community support and customer loyalty.
Need a speaker or presentation for a company event? Minnesota Waste Wise can give presentations and training to help educate employees, customers and vendors about your company's waste reduction and sustainable business practices.
Getting participation in recycling programs from residents can often be the biggest obstacle for multi-tenant buildings. After having a Minnesota Waste Wise assessment, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) created a recycling program based on recommendations of the report and their objective to target their largely East African immigrant tenant population. The main obstacle that MPHA faced was that English is a second language to most of the tenants and the culture is new to many, who have just recently arrived in the United States. The pilot project which started at one of its five-hundred unit buildings was a two-fold initiative. The first undertaking was a bilingual education drive and the second was making recycling less burdensome. MPHA hired two residents through a resident work program, who with the help of its staff went door-to-door with recycling bins making the case to residents that recycling was a great benefit. Each week, the two residents collect recycling from each participating tenant. As a result of these educational efforts, MPHA has increased their tenant recycling percentages from 5% to 35% in just a couple of years and have started to expand the program to a second building with the same concept.