The Retrofit Companies Blog

Community Recycling Events in 2017

 Believe it or not, Spring is coming and so is Collection season! Every year The Retrofit Companies partners up with communities across the Upper Midwest to host Recycling Collection Events, accepting things like electronic waste, appliances, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, and ballasts for recycling.

All scheduled events for 2017 are listed below, with more information on our Facebook page.

Do you want to learn more about how your community or your business can plan a recycling collection?

ewaste-recycling-collection.jpg 

APRIL 22nd

City of Barnesville, MN (Clay County)

FREE Residential Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

205 Front Street North

Barnesville, MN 56514

8AM-NOON

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

ALL OF THIS ELECTRONIC WASTE ACCEPTED FROM CLAY COUNTY RESIDENTS FOR FREE!

City of Vadnais Heights, MN

Electronic and Appliance Waste Recycling Collection Event

651 East County Road F

Vadnais Heights, MN 55127

8AM-2PM

Waste Collected- Appliances and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF VADNAIS HEIGHTS FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

City of Maplewood, MN

Electronic and Appliance Waste Recycling Collection Event

Aldrich Arena

1850 White Bear Avenue North

Maplewood, MN 55109

8AM-1PM

Waste Collected- Appliances and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF MAPLEWOOD FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

APRIL 24th-MAY 8th

City of Little Canada (Drop-off @ The Retrofit Companies)

Electronic and Universal Waste Recycling Drop-off Event

2960 Yorkton Blvd

Little Canada, MN 55127

7AM-4PM MONDAY, APRIL, 24th-FRIDAY, MAY 8th AND SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH 8AM-NOON

Waste Collected- Fluorescent lamps, non-PCB ballasts, batteries, appliances and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

Fee Schedule

Screened items (TVs and Monitors) -$15.00 each

All other Non-Screen E-waste (computers, laptops, printers, etc.)- FREE

Microwaves- $25.00 each

Ballasts- $5.00 each

Fluorescent lamps- $1.00 each

Broken fluorescent lamps- $5.00 each

APRIL 29TH

City of Moorhead, MN (Clay County)

FREE Residential Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

1300 15TH Avenue North

Moorhead, MN 55127

8AM-NOON

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

ALL OF THIS ELECTRONIC WASTE ACCEPTED FROM CLAY COUNTY RESIDENTS FOR FREE!

City of Roseville, MN

Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

2555 Dale Street

Roseville, MN 55113

8AM-3PM

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF ROSEVILLE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

MAY 4th

City of Ada, MN (Al’s Disposal)

Universal Waste Recycling Collection Event

808 East Main Street

Ada, MN 56510

10AM-2PM

Waste Collected-Batteries, fluorescent lamps, and ballasts

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF ADA OR AL’S DISPOSAL FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

City of Fairmont, MN

County Residents- Lamp and Ballast Waste Recycling Collection Event

1215 North State Street

(Old K-Mart Parking lot)

Fairmont, MN 56031

9AM-1PM

Waste Collected- Fluorescent lamps and ballasts.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF FAIRMONT FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

MAY 6th

City of White Bear Lake, MN

Lamps, Appliance and Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

4200 Hoffman Road

Public Works Building

White Bear Lake, MN 55110

7AM-1PM

Waste Collected- Fluorescent lamps, Appliances, and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF WHITE BEAR LAKE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

City of East Grand Forks, MN

E-waste and Universal Waste Recycling Collection Event

1001 2nd Street NE

East grand Forks, MN 56721

9AM-3PM

Waste Collected- Fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, , and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF EAST GRAND FORKS FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

Keep Columbus Beautiful-Columbus, NE

Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

First United Methodist Church

2710 14th Street

Columbus, NE 68608

9AM-1PM

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT “KEEP COLUMBUS BEAUTIFUL” FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

MAY 13th

City of Austin

Electronic Waste and Appliance Recycling Collection Event

Mower County Fairgrounds

700 12TH Street SW

Austin, MN 55912

9AM-2PM

Waste Collected- Appliances and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

NOT ACCEPTING: fluorescent lamps, broken glass/lamps, Mercury containing devices, smoke detectors, liquid waste, PCB ballasts or capacitors, or any other hazardous waste.

Fee Schedule

CRT/Flat TVs and Monitors- $10.00 each Console/Projection TVs- $15.00 each

Household Appliances (White Goods)- $20.00 each

Microwaves and Small household Appliances- $5.00 each

*Freon Appliances- add $25.00 each

Computer/Laptops, hard drives, printers, copiers, vacuum cleaners, large speakers- $2.00 each

*Hard drive cleansing- add $25.00 each

Mice, Keyboards, computer speakers, cables, and wires- FREE

City of Hawley, MN (Clay County)

FREE Residential Electronic Waste Collection Event

716 Front Street

Hawley, MN 56549

8AM-NOON

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

ALL OF THIS ELECTRONIC WASTE ACCEPTED FROM CLAY COUNTY RESIDENTS FOR FREE!

MAY 20th

City of Albert Lea (Freeborn County)

Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

Freeborn County Fairgrounds

1031 Bridge Avenue

Albert Lea, MN 56007

10AM-2PM

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

Fee Schedule:

TVs and Monitors (CRT and Flat)- $15.00 each

Console and Projections TVs- $20.00 each

Computers, laptops, printers, copiers, speakers, microwaves, small household appliances- $3.00 each

Misc. cables, mice and keyboards- FREE

City of Shoreview, MN

Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive

Arden Hills, MN 55112

7AM-NOON

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF SHOREVIEW FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

Owatonna, MN-Steele County

Universal and Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

The Retrofit Companies

1010 Hoffman Drive

Owatonna, MN 55060

9AM-NOON

Waste Collected- fluorescent lamps, Mercury devices, batteries, ballasts, appliances, and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

Fee Schedule:

Fluorescent lamps- $0.50 each

HID and Shatterproof lamps- $1.00 each

Incandescent and LED lamps- $0.25 each

Mercury devices and Non-PCB ballasts- $5.00 each
 

Alkaline, NiCad, Sealed Lead Acid Batteries- $0.50 per lb.

TVs and Computer Monitors (CRT and Flat)- $20.00 each

Computers, Laptops, printers, copiers- $3.00 each

Mice, keyboards, cables, and all other misc. E-waste- FREE

Household Appliances- $20.00 each

MAY 27TH

City of Hawley, MN (Clay County)

Business Waste Collection Event

3301 190th Street

Hawley, MN 56549

8AM-10AM

Waste Collected- Fluorescent lamps, ballasts, and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT CLAY COUNTY FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

City of Moorhead, MN (Clay County)

Business Waste Collection Event-

1300 15TH Avenue North

Moorhead, MN 55127

NOON-4PM

Waste Collected- Fluorescent lamps, ballasts, and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

PLEASE CONTACT CLAY COUNTY FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING.

ewaste_recycling_collection_MN.jpg

 

JUNE 3rd

City of Grand Marais (Cook County)

Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

630 5th Avenue West

Grand Marais, MN 55604

9AM-1PM

Waste Collected- Fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, appliances, and E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

Fee Schedule:

TVs and Monitors (CRT and Flat)- $15.00 each

All other E-waste- FREE

Household Appliances and Microwaves- $25.00 each

Small household appliances- FREE

JUNE 10th

City of Aitkin, MN (Aitkin County)

FREE Residential Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

Aitkin County Recycling Center

36488 400th Avenue

Aitkin, MN 56431

10AM-2PM

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

ALL OF THIS ELECTRONIC WASTE ACCEPTED FROM AITKIN COUNTY RESIDENTS FOR FREE!

AUGUST 26th

City of Grand Marais (Cook County)

Residential Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

630 5th Avenue West

Grand Marais, MN 55604

9AM-1PM

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

Fee Schedule:

TVs and Monitors (CRT and Flat)- $15.00 each

All other E-waste- FREE

Household Appliances and Microwaves- $25.00 each

Small household appliances- FREE

SEPTEMBER 22nd

City of Albert Lea (Freeborn County)

Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Event

Freeborn County Fairgrounds

1031 Bridge Avenue

Albert Lea, MN 56007

10AM-2PM

Waste Collected- E-waste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Printers, Copiers Cell Phones, Phones, Mice, Keyboards, Cables, small Household appliances, and all other electronic waste.

Fee Schedule:

TVs and Monitors (CRT and Flat)- $15.00 each

Console and Projections TVs- $20.00 each

Computers, laptops, printers, copiers, speakers, microwaves, small household appliances- $3.00 each

Misc. cables, mice and keyboards- FREE

...new events being added to TRC's Facebook Events as they are scheduled. Be sure to follow us for these notifications.

Recycling Collection Events in Minnesota

Spring-Recycling-Event-Header.jpg

Each spring and fall, communities throughout Minnesota hold special waste recycling days for their residents. The Retrofit Companies is called in as a partner at these events, where many times there are multiple vendors to collect all types of waste that cannot or should not be disposed of in the landfill. Those items range from tires and paint, to appliances, batteries, and computers that require proper disposal. Some events have paper shredding, even yard waste collection services, available to their residents. Keep reading to see how one of our parters responded after their recent community recycling collectin programs event.

Hi Everyone,

The spring cleanup is over!  It was a busy one this year- whew!  I am glad that we had such good partners to make the event successful and available to residents! I would like to pass on my thanks to everyone from your organization who worked the event.  Every single worker was happy to be there and seemed to be smiling through the event (even if they didn’t stop moving until after event).   There were no issues and the only comments from residents seems to be about the wonderful weather!   

I would appreciate if you could send me an invoice with the weights and quantities in the next few weeks so that I can update our Council with the outcome of the event. 

Again, I wish to pass on my thanks to your employees who worked the event and I look forward to working with you in the future.

I have attached some photos from the event to this email!  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to send me an email or give me a jingle on the phone!   

Chris S.
Environmental/Code Specialist
City of Maplewood MN

 

ewaste_recycling_collection_MN-1.jpg

Cars_at_Recycling_Collection.jpg

 

 How to plan your community recycling day

INTERVIEW: Planning your community recycing event with TRC

UPDATED MARCH 2017

Community-Recycling-Event-Maplewood-MN.jpg

Today, we are interviewing Chris from City of Maplewood. He has worked with TRC to organize community recycling collection events for the past several collection seasons. The last event was successful for them, so we asked if he was willing to talk a bit about their experience. We're happy to say that he was and said we could share the conversation here. Hopefully, this insight will help other communities with how they can start a community recycling collection. Keep reading to learn about how their successful event came together!

Tell us about selecting the date/time for the event.
There really is no rhyme or reason for our date. That was a day that the Aldrich Arena was available and it also worked for the majority of the vendors that we talked with.


How did you select the site for the event to be held? What logistics and accessibility concerns did you have to take into consideration?
The Aldrich Arena is a great site to run a cleanup event. It has a lot of available space for the vendor staging and has the ability to handle long vehicle lines safely if it gets busy.


Did City of Maplewood absorb any recycling costs on behalf of the residents?
The city normally covers around 50-60% of the costs for disposal.


Why did you select to work with TRC? 
We have worked with TRC for the past few events and their staff has been very helpful and professional in during the events. The city also went out for pricing and TRC has the most competitive pricing.

cars-and-recycling-drop-off.jpg

ALL PHOTOS PROVIDED BY CITY OF MAPLEWOOD: Cars line up at the site, and drive through to drop off their appliances, computers, and other recyclable wastes. Generally, residents stay inside their vehicles while workers unload. (left) TRC workers and event volunteers unload vehicles, and sort items to be loaded onto recycling trucks. (right) 

Was TRC staff experienced & knowledgeable? Were we able to provide a meaningful partnership and make your event successful?
The staff was great to work with. The only issue was that our event was so well attended that the trucks filled up and the driver had to swing back and make a few trips to get everything from the site to their warehouse after the event. Even with the craziness of the event their staff was still able to handle the extreme workload placed on them!

Was there any community volunteer involvement to help offset labor costs at the event and promote community involvement, or did you have any volunteers at the event to help unload and manage traffic?
The city partnered with Ramsey County Sentence to Serve for volunteers and has staff from both Tennis sanitation (the events vendor) and some folks from the City’s Public works crews. 


At the time of the event (or after) did you receive any resident feedback on the event? 
People loved the event! The lines stayed moving and the weather was wonderful. The last few years it has rained or snowed during the event so people just seemed generally happy to enjoy the nice day.


How does the city promote these events to its residents?
We use newsletters, Twitter, Facebook, and our website.

appliance-recycling-and-collection.jpgAppliances are loaded onto trucks to be shipped and recycled at a TRC end-facility. (left) Palletized CPU's and televisions in a cubic yard box are prepared for shipping while on site before loading into trucks. (right)


What advice would you give to other communities that wish to plan their first, or improve their existing recycling collection events?
Plan, promote, repeat! Also, talk with the vendors to make sure that everything will be in place and that everyone understands what is expected at the event from staff and vendors.

Outside of these events, how does your city help promote responsible waste disposal? How can people get rid of these items if they don’t come to a collection event?
We receive many calls from residents and we always work to direct them to responsible methods of disposal. The Ramsey County A to Z disposal guide is a very helpful, too, for residents.

How can people get in touch with City of Maplewood or find more information about your community events?
Our website at www.maplewoodmn.gov has all the information, people can also follow us on twitter @MaplewoodMN.


Thanks again to City of Maplewood for choosing TRC as a partner & to Chris for the interview. If your community is thinking about planning an event, start by reading "How to Plan Your Own Community Recycling Day" right here on the blog.

How to plan your community recycling day

 

 

How to Plan Your Own Community Recycling Day (REPOST)

This article was first published in April 2013, but at the height of our collection season we wanted to share it again. 

 

Community recycling collection programs help keep Universal Waste out of landfills, and give residents, businesses and other community members a place to safely and responsibly recycle waste that is otherwise difficult to dispose of through regular trash handling firms. These events are referred to as Spring Clean Ups or Household Hazardous Waste Collection days and are generally held in the spring or fall as large events with many waste vendors; however, some communities establish year-round collection sites, too.

Community Recycling Programs are specifically designed to cater to the community’s waste needs and disposal requirements. Waste streams commonly collected at events can include: Universal & Hazardous Wastes like Fluorescent Lamps, Batteries, Ballasts, Electronics, and Mercury Items. Other common wastes that could be collected are Paints, Chemicals, Solvents, Tires, and Commercial & Household Appliances; even old furniture, mattresses and other items that are difficult to dispose or recycle.

recycling collection eventWe encourage the following considerations for communities in the planning stages for recycling days:

What is the best location for your event?

  • Consider ease of access for cars, large trucks and vehicles with trailers.
  • Also consider where the vendors will set up semi-trailers, cubic yard boxes, dumpsters and collection containers.
  • Traffic should be able to easily flow in and out of the area safely.
  • Events generally require large open areas, easy to access, but away from busy streets with a lot of traffic.

Who will staff the event & how many people are needed?

  • Will employees of the vendors be responsible for all of the labor? 
  • Will employees of the City, County or Business heading up the event be responsible for providing helpers on site?
  • Are community groups able to volunteer?
  • Be sure that helpers are available for the duration of the event. Keep in mind that shorter hours open might mean heavy traffic flow, and longer hours may subject the helpers to more standing around time.

What time(s) will be best for your event?

  • Many communities cater to residents by holding events on weekend days. Saturday mornings are very common.
  • Other “events” are set up as permanent collection sites.

What items will be accepted?

  • Wastes accepted will be determined by the vendors available at the event. 
  • Vendors will accept only the special wastes they are licensed to haul and recycle. 
  • Keep in mind safety and local rules and regulations. 
  • Example; if you are going to accept hazardous waste such as flammable wastes or chemicals you will need to be sure to have properly trained staff available to work.

Who funds/organizes community collections?

Events can be organized by any City, State, County, Business or Community group. The methods for funding such events can range from fees for each item charged to the person disposing of them and money is collected on site, to a portion or all of the event’s fees being covered by the organizer. Below are some more specifics.

Cities (Most cities have drop off sites for residential waste, some also organize clean-up day/days)

States (Sometimes there are grants set up for cities/counties to help fund events/drop off sites)

Counties (You can usually check with your county for information on drop off sites for different waste streams, some also help fund community recycling events and recycling centers)

Businesses (Some businesses, usually larger corporations, organize recycling events for their employees, in most cases funded by the business)

Tax payers (Some cities/counties charge a fee for recycling that helps fund recycling centers/initiatives. This is a tax fee taken out. Some collection events also charge a fee for certain items being dropped off, while other items are free.)

describe the image

How to start a community collection:

1. Determine a location for the event. Ensure there is plenty of room to set up cubic yard boxes/pallets, trucks, and that traffic will easily move in and out of the collection area.

2. Figure out what hours and which day to have the event and the amount of helpers/volunteers/employees will be required.

3. Contact a local and reputable recycling company. Use resources such as a county website which also usually lists collection dates already in place, or provide a list of disposal resources for all types of waste. If you cannot find these online, call your county and ask for the department that handles environmental services, household hazardous waste, or Universal and special waste recycling. They should be able to direct you to the resources you need.

Here are three examples of listings found for Hennepin County, Ramsey County, and Steele County Minnesota

4. Finally, be sure you are hiring a reputable recycler. Do your own background checking on the company/companies being considered for the event. Ask for current licenses and a list of end facilities or waste processors. You will want to make sure that all the items community members are recycling is being handled properly. 

Another point you should consider in a recycling company would be experience. If this is the first event held in your community, you will want a recycling company that has worked a history of collection events to help you through – ask for references and be sure to check into them.

5. Once you have determined your chosen recycling vendor is reputable, other details can be worked out with the company you decide to hire for the event. Your community is on it's way to increasing the amounts of Universal and Hazardous Wastes that are responsibly recycled!

Has your community ever had a recycling event? What worked best for you? Share your ideas here, or contact our reps to get started!

Contact TRC

Community Recycling Events in 2015

2015-Recycling-Collection-Events

This year's recycling collection event season is already underway, and The Retrofit Companies has been asked to partner with a large number of communities to take part! All currently scheduled events are listed below, with full details available on our Facebook events.  

Or click the button here to Learn more about how we plan recycling collections:

Learn More About Recycling Collections

 

MAY 09
ATLANTIC, IA // EWASTE Recycling Collection :UPDATED
The Cass County Fair (IA) in Atlantic, Iowa
7:00am


MAY 09
AUSTIN / MOWER COUNTY, MN // Recycling Collection
700 12th Street SW, Austin, MN
9:00am


MAY 09
CITY OF EAST GRAND FORKS, MN // Recycling Collection
1001 2nd Street NE, East Grand Forks, MN 56721
9:00am


MAY 14
BROWN COUNTY, MN // Recycling Collection
Tauer's Supervalu Foods & Gas in Springfield, Minnesota
10:00am


MAY 14
BROWN COUNTY, MN //LAMP RECYCLING COLLECTION
218 19th Street, New Ulm, MN 56073
2:00pm


MAY 16
CITY OF HAWLEY, MN// Recycling Collection
205 Front Street N, Barnesville, MN
8:00am


MAY 16
NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA, MN // Recycling Collection
Central High School in Norwood Young America, Minnesota
8:00am


MAY 16
Owatonna, MN // Recycling Collection
1010 Hoffman Drive, Owatonna, MN 55060
9:00am


MAY 29
FREEBORN COUNTY, MN // Recycling Collection
Freeborn County Fair, Albert Lea, MN in Albert Lea, Minnesota
10:00am


MAY 29
FREEBORN COUNTY, MN // Recycling Collection
Freeborn County Fair, Albert Lea, MN in Albert Lea, Minnesota
10:00am


JUN 06
CITY OF SHOREVIEW, MN // Recycling Collection
Ramsey County Offices Public Works in Saint Paul, Minnesota
7:00am


JUN 13
GRAND MARAIS, MN // COOK COUNTY RECYCLING CENTER EVENT
630 5th Avenue West Grand Marais, MN 55604
9:00am


AUG 29
GRAND MARAIS, MN // COOK COUNTY RECYCLING CENTER EVENT
630 5th Avenue West Grand Marais, MN 55604
9:00am


SEP 10
BROWN COUNTY, MN // Recycling Collection
Tauer's Supervalu Foods & Gas in Springfield, Minnesota
10:00am


SEP 10
BROWN COUNTY, MN //LAMP RECYCLING COLLECTION
218 19th Street, New Ulm, MN 56073
2:00pm


SEP 26
CITY OF RAMSEY, MN// Recycling Collection
14100 Jaspar Street, NW Ramsey, MN 55303
8:00am


OCT 03
CITY OF SHOREVIEW, MN // Recycling Collection
Ramsey County Offices Public Works in Saint Paul, Minnesota
7:00am


OCT 10
CITY OF EAST GRAND FORKS, MN // Recycling Collection
1001 2nd Street NE, East Grand Forks, MN 56721
9:00am

...new events being added to TRC's Facebook Events as they are scheduled. Be sure to follow us for these notifications.

Highlights from previous collection events with TRC

Updated March 2017

Here's a letter from one of our recent Community Recycling Collections where the community recycled over 24,000 pounds of electronics and 177 appliances in just a few hours. For the full view, click here.

maplewood letter

The spring recycling collection season is in full swing, but we want to take a minute to thank everyone who has made a decision to responsibly recycle their used computers, burned-out lightbulbs, and broken dorm refrigerators. Our crews have visited eight communities already this spring, and we have almost TWENTY more collections on the books before summer is over for communities and private groups. 

We hope you'll stop by our events - just look for the TRC trucks - and recycle the items you no longer use. If you want help planning an event for your community, school, business, or other group, read our post on how to plan an event.

questions or for help planning and scheduling your next event - call 1-800-795-1230.

2014 Community Recycling Events

Below is a list of all Community Recycling Events for Spring/Summer 2014. New events are being added to the list so be sure to visit our Facebook page for the most current list and to see other future events.

2014 Recycling Events

While these community events are almost exclusively for households and their waste, The Retrofit Companies offers a waste pick-up service for business customers. Some larger business clients have planned collection days for their employees. With these events, a collection takes place at the business location and employees bring in their waste, such as old computers, fluorescent lamps, batteries and appliances to recycle. The same day, TRC can pick up any Universal Waste the business may have ready to recycle, too!

You can also read our guide to planning a community collection or how to responsibly recycle your Universal Waste, if you are interested in how to set up an event.

For one-on-one guidance visit the "Tell Us How We're Doing" page, and contact our customer service team today!

 

Tell us how we're doing

How to Responsibly Recycle 45,000 lbs of E-waste in 2 Days

2013 Spring Recycling Colle

In just two days, at two separate spring recycling collections, households from two communities in Minnesota and Nebraska responsibly recycled nearly 45,000 pounds of electronic waste. 

MAPLEWOOD, MN -  Congratulations, Maplewood! As a community you recycled a whole bunch of old junk on Saturday, April 20. In just one morning, you recycled over 100 appliances and nearly 15,000 pounds of electronics, televisions and computer monitors at the event held at Aldrich arena. The weather didn’t get you down, that’s for sure. Thanks again for coming out early for Earth Day.

LINCOLN, NE – The weekend previous to Maplewood’s collection, WasteCap of Lincoln held a collection for electronic and fluorescent lamp recycling where the community recycled nearly 29,000 pounds of e-waste and over 700 lamps in one day on April 13th, 2013.

While these community events are almost exclusively for households and their waste, The Retrofit Companies offers a waste pick-up service to business customers. In a really smart "two-fer" scheme, some larger business clients have planned collection days for their employees. With these events, a collection takes place at the business location and employees bring in their waste, such as old computers, fluorescent lamps, batteries and appliances to recycle. The same day, TRC can pick up any Universal Waste the business may have ready to recycle, too!

You can also read our guide to planning a community collection or how to responsibly recycle your Universal Waste, if you are interested in how to set up an event.

This Saturday, April 27th TRC will be at four community events:

 

Vadnais Heights
651 E County Road F
Vadnais Heights, MN
From 8am to 2pm.

Roseville
2555 N Dale Street
Roseville, MN
From 8am to 3pm.

Little Canada
515 E Little Canada Road
Little Canada MN
From 8am to noon.

Hastings
Maintenance Garage
1225 Progress Drive
Hastings, MN
From 9am to 1pm.

 

For full event details you can visit our facebook events page.

Request a recycling pick up  

How to Plan Your Own Community Recycling Day

UPDATED MARCH 2017

Community recycling collection programs help keep TVs, Electronics, and other Universal Waste out of landfills, and give residents, businesses and other community members a place to safely and responsibly recycle waste that is otherwise difficult to dispose of through regular trash handling firms. These events are referred to as Spring Clean Ups or Household Hazardous Waste Collection days and are generally held in the spring or fall as large events with many waste vendors; however, some communities establish year-round collection sites, too.

Community Recycling Programs are specifically designed to cater to the community’s waste needs and disposal requirements. Waste streams commonly collected at events can include: Universal & Hazardous Wastes like Fluorescent Lamps, Batteries, Ballasts, Electronics, and Mercury Items. Other common wastes that could be collected are Paints, Chemicals, Solvents, Tires, and Commercial & Household Appliances; even old furniture, mattresses and other items that are difficult to dispose or recycle.

recycling collection eventWe encourage the following considerations for communities in the planning stages for recycling days:

What is the best location for your event?

  • Consider ease of access for cars, large trucks and vehicles with trailers.
  • Also consider where the vendors will set up semi-trailers, cubic yard boxes, dumpsters and collection containers.
  • Traffic should be able to easily flow in and out of the area safely.
  • Events generally require large open areas, easy to access, but away from busy streets with a lot of traffic.

Who will staff the event & how many people are needed?

  • Will employees of the vendors be responsible for all of the labor? 
  • Will employees of the City, County or Business heading up the event be responsible for providing helpers on site?
  • Are community groups able to volunteer?
  • Be sure that helpers are available for the duration of the event. Keep in mind that shorter hours open might mean heavy traffic flow, and longer hours may subject the helpers to more standing around time.

What time(s) will be best for your event?

  • Many communities cater to residents by holding events on weekend days. Saturday mornings are very common.
  • Other “events” are set up as permanent collection sites.

What items will be accepted?

  • Wastes accepted will be determined by the vendors available at the event. 
  • Vendors will accept only the special wastes they are licensed to haul and recycle. 
  • Keep in mind safety and local rules and regulations. 
  • Example; if you are going to accept hazardous waste such as flammable wastes or chemicals you will need to be sure to have properly trained staff available to work.

Who funds/organizes community collections?

Events can be organized by any City, State, County, Business or Community group. The methods for funding such events can range from fees for each item charged to the person disposing of them and money is collected on site, to a portion or all of the event’s fees being covered by the organizer. Below are some more specifics.

Cities (Most cities have drop off sites for residential waste, some also organize clean-up day/days)

States (Sometimes there are grants set up for cities/counties to help fund events/drop off sites)

Counties (You can usually check with your county for information on drop off sites for different waste streams, some also help fund community recycling events and recycling centers)

Businesses (Some businesses, usually larger corporations, organize recycling events for their employees, in most cases funded by the business)

Tax payers (Some cities/counties charge a fee for recycling that helps fund recycling centers/initiatives. This is a tax fee taken out. Some collection events also charge a fee for certain items being dropped off, while other items are free.)

describe the image

How to start a community collection:

1. Determine a location for the event. Ensure there is plenty of room to set up cubic yard boxes/pallets, trucks, and that traffic will easily move in and out of the collection area.

2. Figure out what hours and which day to have the event and the amount of helpers/volunteers/employees will be required.

3. Contact a local and reputable recycling company. Use resources such as a county website which also usually lists collection dates already in place, or provide a list of disposal resources for all types of waste. If you cannot find these online, call your county and ask for the department that handles environmental services, household hazardous waste, or Universal and special waste recycling. They should be able to direct you to the resources you need.

Here are three examples of listings found for Hennepin County, Ramsey County, and Steele County Minnesota

4. Finally, be sure you are hiring a reputable recycler. Do your own background checking on the company/companies being considered for the event. Ask for current licenses and a list of end facilities or waste processors. You will want to make sure that all the items community members are recycling is being handled properly. 

Another point you should consider in a recycling company would be experience. If this is the first event held in your community, you will want a recycling company that has worked a history of collection events to help you through – ask for references and be sure to check into them.

5. Once you have determined your chosen recycling vendor is reputable, other details can be worked out with the company you decide to hire for the event. Your community is on it's way to increasing the amounts of Universal and Hazardous Wastes that are responsibly recycled!

Has your community ever had a recycling event? What worked best for you? Share your ideas here, or contact our reps to get started!

Contact TRC

Get new blog posts via email

FEATURED Lighting POSTS

Parking Garage LED Lighting Retrofit Case Study

Lighting Retrofit - Vs - Lighting Redesign

Linear LED & Other T8 LED Resources

Understanding LED Linear T8 tubes

3 types of linear Led tubes

T8 LED Lighting Retrofit Introduction & Safety

Pros and Cons of T8 LED REPLACEMENTS (Links)

What are the other benefits of upgraded lighting?

Alliant Energy Lighting Rebate Info

Lighting insight, Utility Rebates & More

FEATURED Environmental POSTS

Shedding some light on led lamp recycling requirements

Aerosol Can Recycling Process

Aerosol Can Recycling as Universal Waste in Minnesota

How to Plan Your Own Community Recycling Day (REPOST)

Pre-Paid Recycling Program

2016 Residential E-waste Recycling Prices for TRC

2015-16 computer Recycling Prices for TRC

New Residential E-waste Recycling Prices for TRC

Mercury Spills & How To Safely Handle Mercury Waste

Understanding Mercury Waste & Mercury Recycling Process

All posts by topic

View All Topics & Blogs