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The results are in: We have reached our goal!
Thanks to the commitment and hard work of visitors, volunteers and staff, the Science Museum hit a Project No Waste milestone.
Since our comprehensive waste management program Project No Waste launched in 2011, we increased our recycling rate from a mere 18% to 75%! Quadrupling our recycling rate was no small feat—small and large-scale changes were made both in public areas and behind the scenes to make proper waste disposal easy and instinctive.
Project No Waste has a visible presence in all the museum's public spaces, as well as in the kitchens and back-of-house staff areas. The waste collection receptacles were specifically designed for simplicity and ease-of-use with clear labels that features pictures of items that can go in specific bins. Behind the scenes, we invested in an infrastructure that features equipment and technology that allow custodial staff to easily and efficiently manage the waste disposal and recycling process.
Our efforts have not gone unnoticed. Recently, WCCO-TV stopped by our campus to check out our Project No Waste initiative. View the story.
What's next? Moving forward, our mission will be to maintain our momentum with the practices that we have put into place and to be a model of sustainability to the museum world and community at large. In partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, we will share our experience and best practices through a Science Museum produced exhibit that will open here and travel throughout the state.
Thank you for your support of this important effort.