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We're recycling our way to an amazing goal!
A recent assessment of the Science Museum's waste and recycling programs showed that we were disposing of an average of 516,000 pounds of waste each year. By some estimates, that's equivalent to the weight of 35 Tyrannosaurus Rexes.
Out of this startling assessment, Project No Waste was born. Its goal? To increase the Science Museum's recycling rate—from 18 percent to 75 percent in two years.
In the first year of Project No Waste, we made it to a 51 percent recycling rate by coordinating and streamlining our waste management efforts and getting our enthusiastic staff on board. With your help, we'll make it to our 75 percent goal by June 2013.
Around the museum, you'll notice simple changes that will make achieving our goal easier. Look for new, clearly-labeled collection bins in the exhibit galleries, Omnitheater, restrooms, restaurants, and parking ramp. Help us by carefully sorting your waste into three categories: compost, recycling or trash. Pay attention to what you're putting in the waste stream. Can it be added to our paper, plastic, can and glass recycling collection? Is it food waste that we can turn into compost?
We've put the tools in place to help you help us, and we're eager to have you join us in this effort.
Thank you for your support of this important effort. We're looking forward to sharing our results with you. Check back soon!
Project No Waste was made possible, in part, through a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, with assistance from the City of Saint Paul.