A group of residents at Zvago Glen Lake (ZGL), a 54-unit cooperative building in Minnetonka, formed “the Recycling Advocates,” a committee to educate their community on recycling better. After a Hennepin County presentation on recycling, the Recycling Advocates continued to educate residents on their own with great results: increased recycling and decreased trash.
Committee members suspected that trash had gone down so much that the twice-weekly trash collection could be reduced. For four months the Recycling Advocates tracked the volume of trash and recycling in the containers. This tracking was done on the nights before collection by the hauler. They found that the recycling container was always more than half full and the trash container was always less than half full. They then submitted a proposal to the ZGL Board to reduce trash collection to once a week. The Board approved the proposal, and ZGL is now seeing a savings of about $150 per month! ZGL’s Recycling Advocates are committed to continuing education on waste reduction and recycling and are now looking to add organics recycling. Nice job, ZGL!