City of Minneapolis

Minneapolis Ward 6 Council Member Robert Lilligren
July 20, 2012

Minneapolis Increases Recycling


This cycle the City Council voted on a number of recycling related actions as seen in items 3 and 7 – 9 on the Transportation and Public Works Committee agenda

Significantly, for the first time, the Council voted to require all large block events and all parades and races on Minneapolis streets to recycle. Like many of my constituents, I was surprised that we did not already require recycling at these types of events.

Beginning January 1, 2013, organizers of any block event with more than 2,500 in attendance and any parade or race that uses City streets will need to have a written recycling plan for the collection of all paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal containers. Some parades and races already provide recycling services. Also, most of the same vendors that offer solid waste services at events are offering recycling services as well.
 
The City of Minneapolis will be making other important changes in our recycling soon. We also took action at today’s Council preparing for the conversion to “single source” recycling; that is, a collection system that does not require you to separate your different types of recycling. Expect these changes to start happening by early 2013.

I am interested in working on the collections of organics (compost) in the near future as well as more effective recycling requirements form multi- unit buildings, which are prevalent in the 6th Ward. More recycling information can be found here.

Waste reduction and recycling indicators are part of our overall overall sustainability efforts, which are supported and promoted through the City’s Office of Sustainability. This small department with two employees is housed in the City Coordinator’s office so that, though small, it can have citywide impact. The Office of Sustainability expresses the City of Minneapolis commitment to economic opportunity, social equality, and environmental health. Sustainability means balancing those concerns in the present without sacrificing future generations’ ability to meet their own needs.
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Primary Elections Aug. 14th

Primary Polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm - the City of Minneapolis has a Polling Place Finder to help you locate your polling location. For more information on the elections process please visit the City of Minneapolis' Elections and Voter Registration website.
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Mondays with Robert

Council Member Lilligren has always believed that it's important for people like you and me to have access to government. Robert remains committed to that value today. For that reason, Council Member Lilligren makes himself available to community member visits on a walk-in and appointment basis.

You can meet with Robert on the first four Mondays of the month at each of the neighborhoods he represents. Call or email Alondra at 673-2206 or alondra.cano@minneapolismn.gov to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, however - you will be asked to wait if there is a scheduled appointment.

First Monday of the Month
Whittier Alliance, 10 E. 25th Street
9:30am - 11:30am

Second Monday of the Month
Phillips West, 2400 Park Ave.
Center for Changing Lives
9:30am - 11:30am

Third Monday of the Month
Stevens Square, 1925 Nicollet Ave.
9:30am - 11:30am

Fourth Monday of the Month
Ventura Village, 2323 11th Ave. S.
2nd Floor of Phillips Community Center
9:30am - 11:30am

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311 Goes Mobile

Reporting potholes, graffiti, and broken street lights to the City of Minneapolis just got easier with the launch of the new Minneapolis 311 mobile application. "With this new app, it’s now easier than ever for the people of Minneapolis to be part of keeping our neighborhoods safe, clean, and well-maintained," notes Council Member Lilligren. Read more about the 311 app here.
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Nat'l Night Out

The 29th Annual Minneapolis National Night Out will be on Tuesday, August 7. National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors. If you want to block your street, you can do so for free through July 24. Assistant Police Chief Janee Harteau encourages you to turn out for National Night Out in great numbers again this year. Register your event today!
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Peavey Park BBQ

Saturday, July 21 from 12:00 pm - 3:00pm the Church of Minneapolis will host a "Taste and See BBQ" at Peavey Park, please join the fun!

From the Office of City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren
350 South 5th Street, City Hall, Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Robert.Lilligren@minneapolismn.gov · Ward 6 website · (612) 673-2206

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