As many of you know, one of my goals as mayor is to make Minneapolis a zero-waste city. I have long been an advocate for recycling and other ways of going green. So when the inaugural committee started planning the One Minneapolis Celebration, I wanted to make sure they were striving to make the celebration a zero-waste event.
This morning I got an update from Eureka Recycling, our partner in achieving that goal for the event. I was pleased to hear that 98 percent of all the waste generated at the event was either recycled or composted.
As Eureka stated in its event summary:
Through careful planning, recycling and composting at the event, 2,000 participants produced only 24.3 pounds of trash – that’s less than a fifth an ounce per attendee! By composting 628 pounds of material and recycling 640.1 pounds, over 98% of all waste generated at the event was diverted from the trash, saving valuable resources and reducing pollution.
These impressive results would not have been achieved without careful planning in advance by Anne Saxton, Pablo Jones and Amanda Stewart. The twelve local restaurants who provided food and beverages for the main event, as well as Prom Catering, also all helped by serving food and beverages using only reusable or compostable dishes or recyclable bottles and cans. Youth Farm recruited volunteers who educated attendees on what was recyclable and what was compostable. This allowed all the attendees to have a great time celebrating Minneapolis’ 47th mayor while generating nearly zero waste.
So congratulations to everyone! This event was a success not only because we got so close to zero waste, but also because so many people realized that with a little planning and a lot of cooperation, together we can reach a waste-free tomorrow.
I want to echo Eureka in saying congratulations to everyone. The event was a beautiful celebration of our city and a reminder of what we can achieve when we work together as a community. While there is still room for improvement, I am proud of these impressive results. When we act like One Minneapolis, we are one step closer to becoming One Minneapolis.