Great Green Challenge, Week 11: The Emily Program

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Over the 11 weeks, we've made a lot of internal changes at KARE 11 for the Great Green Challenge. For the final week, week 11, we wanted to highlight a business that's been making some of those changes right along with us and that brings me to Saint Paul, for "The Emily Program."

The organization helps clients with eating disorders so food is very much a part of every day. While we here at KARE have been backyard composting, the folks at "The Emily Program" have been recycling their organic waste commercially.

Hilmar Wagner is the director of Nutrition Services at "The Emily Program." He puts it like this, "It's been dramatic now. At the end of the day I'll open one of the trash bins and it will be half full, where before they were full to the brim. And the only bin that is full is the one that contains the organic recycling."
Wagner says the recycling has been good for morale, with the staff and clients excited about the changes. It could be good for business as well.

"We used to have a much larger dumpster. Now we've gone after we started recycling cardboard to 'a smaller' dumpster. Now with the advent of the organic recycling we're monitoring that to see if either we would get a smaller dumpster size again or have that pickup be less frequent and if that would occur then our costs would indeed go down," says a hopeful Wagner.

Even though the 11 weeks of the Great Green Challenge are over, you can still join KARE and "The Emily Program" and take the pledge to Rethink Recycling! If your workplace is in Ramsey or Washington counties, taking the pledge will connect your to the free services of Minnesota Waste Wise. This is the same organization that helped "The Emily Program." But regardless of your county, the pledge and can connect you to many resources for going green at your business or your home.

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