City and County Honor Recycling Champions

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The City of Columbia Heights recently held a Recycling Champions Award ceremony at the June 10 City Council meeting. Several Columbia Heights residents and organizations were recognized for making 2018 the best year yet for Columbia Heights recycling. (See full list of award recipients below.)

Last year, the City recycled 1,747 tons of materials from residential curbside programs, the Recycling Center, and City facilities, marking an increase of 5% from the previous year. Residential households also recycled 1,090 tons of yard waste commingled with food organics (estimated 90 tons of organics) for composting. All told, the City achieved a 22% recycling rate in 2018. Trash was reduced by over 500 tons, saving almost $40,000 in trash disposal fees.
 
The City’s subsidized $20 flat fee for electronics curbside recycling removed over 311 electronic items. The City offers one free appliance pickup per year to each property and 263 units were recycled in 2018.
The City provided more than 6,300 residential properties with refuse, recycling, and yard waste/organic services. Next year, Columbia Heights officials hope to increase recycling and composting participation even more.

Did you know?
The City offers larger recycling carts for no additional cost.
 
Award Recipients
The following individuals and organizations were designated this year's “Recycling Champions” for their efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible:

• Nick Novitsky
• Columbia Heights-Fridley Kiwanis Club
• Crestview Senior Communities
• The "Chatham Gals" 
• The Nelsons
• Veronica Johnson
• Dale Schuetz
• The Simulas
• Brian Hasti
• The Eisenbise Family
• Scott, Ann, Bella, and Mae Skaja
• Danielle Pebbles and Juan Garcia
• Laurie Edlund
• Barbara Goodwin
• Bruce and Sharon Ellis
• John Bauer
• Rollin & Michelle Brask
• Mark and Elizabeth Odegard
• Duenkause Davis
• Megan Corcoran and Dylan Swanson
• Sobolik Household
• The Larsons
• Barb Babekuhl