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Expanded Plastics Recycling

As of last week, Saint Paul residents are able to recycle a wider range of plastic products in their curbside recycling bins.  This is because Eureka Recycling, Saint Paul’s recycling provider has begun accepting plastics coded with #4 and #5, in addition to the already accepted #1 and #2.  Residents of other cities serviced by Eureka Recycling, such as Roseville, have also had their recycling options expanded.  Some cities, such as Minneapolis, contract with a different provider and have been offering expanded plastics recycling for several years.

 

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Spring Cleaning

After our long, cold winter, the weather is finally warming up a little bit, and while that might mean more time spent outdoors, for many people it also means it’s time for spring cleaning.

 

If your home is anything like mine, you’ve been fighting a losing battle with dust from the heating system and the dirt and salt tracked in on your boots.  Spring is a great time to throw open your windows, let in some natural light, and gasp in horror at the sorry state of your winter housekeeping skills.  Even if you’ve managed to do a better job keeping your home clean and tidy than me, your home will no doubt benefit from a thorough once-over.

 

Here are some tips to make your spring cleaning easy and sustainable:

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Minnesota Food News

March is an exciting time for food news here in Minnesota.  This month is Minnesota FoodShare’s biggest campaign to restock food shelves throughout the state, and many co-ops, grocery stores, and community groups are collecting food donations to help the program.  I have many fond memories of volunteering with my grandparents at our local food pantry as a child, and it’s nice to know there are so many people working together to prevent hunger.

In addition, there is a great deal of terrific food-related news in the Twin Cities this month.  The Mississippi Market Co-op is making progress towards opening a third location, and the Seward Co-op is planning to expand in a second location.  Mississippi Market also recently revealed its LIME program, which allows low income members of the community to become co-op member owners at a substantial upfront discount and offers them 10% off their groceries every single day!  I was so happy to read about the LIME program, and I hope many people will take advantage of the access to high-quality food that it provides.

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