Success Story — Anoka Ramsey Community College

ANOKA — As part of it’s contract with Anoka County, Waste Wise provided services to Anoka Ramsey Community College. Working with the Sustainability Co-Chair, the Director of Facilities and several other leaders at  the college, Waste Wise helped develop a comprehensive plan for roll out of  recycling program improvements.

With all parties engaged in the project, Waste Wise walked the campus to identify recycling bins which would eventually be paid for by the Anoka County grant program. This program provides businesses with the funding needed to begin or improve recycling activities. Anoka Ramsey Community College’s grant provided funds for bins (both indoor and out), high quality signage, bin liners, and a six month supply of certified compostable products at absolutely no cost to the college school.

The new recycling efforts have paid off with an estimated 52,800 pounds of compostable material being diverted from the trash stream each year.  The renewed focus on single stream recycling and the addition of color coded bins is also expected to increase diversion on campus. “We’re very pleased with our progress and our students seem to understand what to do…more importantly,  why they are doing it!,” said Victoria Downey, Sustainability Co-Chair.

Anoka Ramsey Community College continues to look for strategies to  improve collection and identify areas where recyclable or compostable waste may not being pulled from the waste stream. “We’ve already expanded our program to collect plastic film like shopping bags and shrink wrap in certain locations, and found out some lab areas could benefit from organics recycling since they go through so many paper towels,” said Downey.