What this means for you, residents of Minneapolis: On July 31st, we will email out the new lock code for the Organic Recycling bins at Pearl Park, to all of the registered participants in the program. Then, beginning Aug 1st, there will be no more scheduled drop-site times, you can go whenever is convenient for you!!
So, if you have not yet signed up and want to use the drop site, please visit this website to do so and you will be on the list to receive that code: www.minneapolismn.gov/organics This website also has the details of the program, a great FAQ section, and links to other resources to help you get started on efficient and easy organics collection.
In addition to the recycling you’re already doing with your nice big blue recycle bin, collecting organics is another great way to reduce your household waste even further! Residential organics include:
1. Food waste (including meat, bones and dairy)
2. Food-soiled and non-recyclable paper (including used kleenex, papertowels, napkins, wrapping paper, etc.)
3. Compostable Plastics (must be certified ASTM D-6400 and be labeled #7 PLA in the recycling symbol or BPI logo on them to be accepted) Plastic bags MUST have the BPI logo on them. Black or white plastic bags are NOT compostable and are not accepted.
4. Other compostable items (animal and human hair and nail trimmings, dryer lint, wood chopsticks, toothpicks and popsicle sticks, etc.)
If you have any questions about the program that are not answered on the Mpls Organics website, please call Solid Waste & Recycling at (612) 673-2917 or email Kellie Kish, Recycling Coordinator with the City of Mpls at email@example.com
For some stats and information on how the program is doing, check out this HPDL website update from a month ago.
The 8th Annual Minnehaha Creek Cleanup has been re-scheduled to Sunday, July 27, due to dangerously high water around Minnehaha Creek and surrounding lakes.
Last year more than 1,000 community members descended upon Lake Hiawatha, where the event will again be held this year, to pick up trash from around Minnehaha Creek and area lakes. We’re hoping to collect a record 3 tons of trash this year!
RSVP for the event by July 23 at www.minnehahacreek.org/CleanUp. Volunteers will receive a light breakfast, barbecue lunch provided by Leinenkugel’s, t-shirt, water bottle, and free Leinenkugel’s beer (limit two per person with valid ID).
The family-friendly event features prizes, activities for kids, free bike check-ups provided by REI, music, and much more. RSVP today!
** Residents from 23 different neighborhoods are using the drop-off!! These neighborhoods include: Hale, Page, Diamond Lake, Tangletown, Lynnhurst, Field, Regina, Northrop, Armatage, Kenny, Keewaydin, Powderhorn, Phillips, Standish, Ericsson, East Harriet, Windom, West Calhoun, Nokomis, Kingfield, Hiawatha, Bancroft, and a Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood.
** An Average of 47 participants are dropping organics off each day of operation. The highest participation thus far was on Saturday May 31st with 62 participants. Each day of operation, between 4 and 6 organics carts are filled.
** 325 – 625 pounds of organics are collected each day the drop-off is open! The City has just recently begun weighing the carts to get actual weights and has found the organics carts weight between 90 and 180 pounds each.
Keep up the great work!
Program News and Information
Adding an additional drop-off day! Starting July 1st, you can now drop off your organics on the following days:
- Saturdays 9am-12pm,
- Tuesdays 4-7pm, AND
- Thursdays 4-7pm
There will be volunteers at the drop-off site for a while longer to continue to gather valuable information regarding residents preferences and waste and recycling habits. The information gathered will help the City determine to best move forward, promote, and encourage participation in a city-wide organics recycling program.
Please continue to ask questions and comments to the volunteers on site and/or email them to Kellie, City of Mpls Recycling Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participant’s questions so far have been added to the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Organics webpage: www.minneapolismn.gov/organics
There is also a link on the Organics webpage to sign up for the program and get the information you need to start collecting organics. Then when you go to Pearl Park during the drop site hour, the volunteers can give you the official 5-min training.
Significant flooding impacting parkways across Minneapolis
Significant flooding is currently impacting parkways across Minneapolis. As of 10 a.m., the highest impacted areas include:
• Cedar Ave at Minnehaha Pkwy. Flooded and closed. Barricades will be up shortly
• Minnehaha Parkway from Longfellow Ave to Bloomington Ave is flooded for vehicles. Barricades will be up shortly.
• Minnehaha Pkwy is impassable from Pleasant Ave S to Nicollet Ave S. Barricades will be up shortly.
• Minnehaha Parkway from Bloomington Ave to 22nd Ave. The bike and walking paths are flooded.
• Dean Pkwy at West Lake Street is flooded. Barricades will be up shortly.
City crews continue to monitor the situation for more affected areas of Minneapolis.
For real-time information for lane closures and construction in downtown Minneapolis, see the right-of-way permiting map.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is hosting a community open house on Thursday, June 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 at Nokomis Community Center. This is the first of two open houses scheduled for the Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan and Improvements project. The open house will have no formal presentation, so members of the public are welcome to come any time and stay as long as they can. MPRB staff and consultants will be available to receive community input and answer questions.
The open house will consider two main topics:
• The overall vision for Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park, including needs and wants, areas for improvement, and other general suggestions
• Concept designs for the 54th Street “Triangle Park” play area, which will be replaced beginning this fall.
Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park includes approximately 660 acres of land surrounding Lakes Nokomis and Hiawatha. From May 2014 through June 2015 MPRB will prepare a master plan for the whole park, as well as plans for improvements to the 54th Street “Triangle Park” playground, Lake Nokomis Beach playground, paved bike and walk trails, and shorelines around Lakes Nokomis and Hiawatha. Due to funding restrictions, this project will not consider Hiawatha Golf Course. Project details are available online at www.minneapolisparks.org/currentprojects (select Nokomis-Hiawatha from the planning section topic list), or by contacting Project Manager Adam Arvidson at 612-230-6470 or email@example.com.
In addition to attending the open house, the public may provide input and stay informed about the project in the following ways:
Fill out the on-line survey, available on the project website.
Attend meetings of the project’s Community Advisory Committee, which will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm on June 24, July 29, and August 6 at the Nokomis Community Center. There will be a public comment period at the conclusion of each meeting.
Sign up to receive e-mail updates by subscribing at www.minneapolisparks.org/subscribe or, if you are already a subscriber, by adding “Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park” to your subscription preferences.
Attend the second Community Open House at 6:30-8:30 p.m. on August 14 at the Nokomis Community Center.
Attend public hearings tentatively scheduled for July and October 2014. Once details are known, public hearing information will be posted online, emailed to project subscribers, and distributed to local media.
Adam Arvidson, Project Manager
Hello Neighbors. The Pearl Park Drop-Site Organics Recycling Program has been up and running for almost a month and it is going great! We have had amazing participation and interest. Thank you to all of you who have participated; and to those that have been volunteering at the drop site, Thank you! This program would not be a success without all of you and your commitment to doing what you can to protect and preserve our resources!
A few updates we would like to make you aware of:
- The current drop site hours, staffed by volunteers, are Tuesdays 4-7pm and Saturdays 9an-12pm. This will continue through the end of June (possibly July). After that, the carts will continue to be locked so if you have signed up to participate and completed your 5-min training, we will email you the code to the carts at that time and you can drop off whenever you’d like. The code will change periodically and we’ll continue to email the new one to all registered participants.
- If you are not registered and want to be, please visit the program’s website and sign up! http://www.minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste/organics/index.htm
- After registering, visit our drop site during scheduled hours and get your 5-min training by one of our volunteers
Thanks again for all of your great excitement, participation and support!
Picnic in the Park 2014 is right around the corner. The event date this year is Thursday, July 31st from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
If you are a local business or non-profit and would like to have a tent at the event, the forms are below.
With the warmer weather we are beginning to see an increase in bicycle thefts. The city has a bicycle registration system available to Minneapolis residents. Registering your bike can assist in recovering your stolen bike and returning it to you. You can register your bikes on line thru 311 and on the MPD webpage.
It’s important to keep you bike locked up. Bikes are often stolen from open garages. Keep your garage locked and lock your bike(s) properly even when they are in the garage.
For questions, contact:
Don Greeley, Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 3rd Precinct
John Baumann, Crime Prevention Specialist
Midtown Safety Center, 2949 Chicago Ave. S.