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Here’s How You Can Help Reduce The Size Of Landfills

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There are a few things we love to raise: our children, money for charity, the roof. One thing we don’t love to raise? The height of landfills.

Earlier this month, leaders in Burnsville approved a plan to raise the city’s landfill height by more than 250 feet. This will be an eyesore for residents of Burnsville and Bloomington, but we also have concerns about the potential environmental impact.

The idea of throwing things into a landfill makes us weep, especially when people throw recyclables and compostables into the trash. In 2015, over half of the items in landfills could have been recycled or composted.

Raising the landfill could be a problem, but it’s only a symptom of a much bigger issue. There’s too much waste happening in the world. If you want to help keep landfills lower, there are some things you can do:

1) Recycle plastics, metal, glass, paper, and cartons. There are exceptions for what you can recycle at home. Learn more in this guide to in-home recycling.

2) Bring any old and broken appliances to a recycling center. This includes dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves, and so much more. Appliances rotting in landfills wreak havoc on the ozone and the environment in general.

3) Compost leaves, grass trimmings, fruit and vegetables, and tree branches. Learn more with the EPA’s guide to composting at home.

About Our Recycling Services

We really dig recycling. We like it so much, in fact, that if you don’t have time to drop off at our warehouse in Burnsville, we’ll gladly come to you. Our fleet of trucks run routes across the Twin Cities every week, making both in-home and curbside pickups.

Just request a pickup by filling out the form below and we’ll handle the rest, or call us directly at 952-894-1448.





3 Reasons Why Recycling Is A Romantic Date Idea

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We’ve been in a saucy relationship with Mama Earth for years. I guess you could say, we love her. There. We said it. We’re in love with this crazy planet!

If you and your partner are tree-huggers like us, we’ve got a hot date idea for you this Valentine’s Day: Go to the recycling center! Because there’s nothing hotter than a trip to Certified Recycling. [Read More]


4 Things Not To Do With Your Broken Microwave

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You went to throw some Bagel Bites in your microwave the other day. You thought, “Hey, this’ll taste good enough!”

Everything was going just fine. But then, the worst thing ever happened. Your microwave…didn’t work! [Read More]


Your Guide To In-Home Recycling

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When it comes to recycling, we handle the big stuff. Like the big, big stuff—refrigerators, couches, TVs, snow blowers. What else are we gonna do with these massive triceps? *flexes*

But we know that recycling your papers and plastics is just as important for keeping Mama Earth clean and happy, so here’s what you need to know about recycling everyday things. [Read More]


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What Happens When An Appliance Sits In A Landfill?

Trash talk. We don’t love it. Sometimes it even makes us cry. But if it helps keep the planet a little bit cleaner, we feel it’s necessary to have a chat about the dump and where not to ditch your appliances (hint: it’s the dump). [Read More]


Quick Story: Recycling for the Youth of Burnsville

The other day we got an email from Jon, a science teacher at Burnsville High School. Jon’s the kind of genuine guy who does all he can to help his kids get their A’s, and if a new computer screen will help, that’s what he’ll get. [Read More]


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7 Time-Consuming Things You Can Do With Your Old Mattress

Got a new bed? Get ready to sleep like a baby. But what to do with that old, ratty mattress of yours? Sure there are loads of logical things you could do (like have it recycled to leave one less mattress sitting in a landfill), but we know there are some outlandish mattress owners out there. So here are some tips for you. [Read More]


Minnesota Recycling Laws You Should Know

Listen, we all bend the rules every once in a while. Maybe you wash your cottons in warm water. Or sometimes you put your milk in your bowl before the cereal (just kidding—we know no one could be that evil).

But some rules shouldn’t be broken, and ignoring them can have a bigger impact than the top of your Frosted Flakes being too dry. Take a look at these Minnesota recycling laws that keep the Earth a little healthier and our crews a little happier. [Read More]


Ah, Summer. Time to Buy a Snowblower.

Well everyone, we’re there. We’re onto the second half of the year, the days are getting shorter, and pretty soon (cringe) you’ll be breaking out the snowblower to clear the driveway and drown out the sound of your heavy cursing. [Read More]


A Handy List to Teach Kids Recycling Basics

Regardless of whether it takes a village to raise a child, all of those children are going to live in a pretty filthy village if we aren’t teaching them the basics of recycling.

So we’re sharing a post from our friends at Rubber Mulch Products. They make some pretty sharp-looking landscaping and playground mulch from recycled rubber, which we’re all about. [Read More]