Olmsted County Job Opportunities: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/olmsted/default.cfm
Want to learn more about Covanta Energy and its recycling efforts with carpet? Check out their presentation on Carpet Management to the Minnesota Resource Recovery Association.
Below are the 2013 MRRA meeting dates. Be sure to mark your calendars!
February 22, 2013 (Red Wing)
April 18, 2013
June 14, 2013
September 18, 2013
November 1, 2013
Please take a look at the August 2012 Newsletter with recent information regarding the MRRA. Topics covered in this issue include:
- Garbage: A Renewable, Reliable, Locally Produced Fuel Alternative
- The Waste-To-Energy Solution
- How It Works
- Map of Counties and Minnesota Waste Combustion Facilities
The following facilities have been approved by the MPCA to accept and incinerate consolidated household pharmaceuticals:
708 8th Street NW
Fosston, MN 56542
2115 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, MN 56308
Below are the 2012 MRRA meeting dates. Be sure to mark your calendars!
February 24, 2012
April 13, 2012
June 15, 2012
September 21, 2012
November 16, 2012
The Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) has received a Waste-to-Energy Excellence Award at the Gold level from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).
SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management. HERC, located in downtown Minneapolis, provides reliable, renewable electricity that is sold to Xcel Energy and steam that supplies the downtown district energy system and Target Field. HERC is owned by Hennepin County and operated by Covanta Energy. To earn the award, HERC was judged on a wide variety of criteria, including engineering and technology, operational performance and efficiency, environmental compliance, aesthetics, other recycling and solid waste management programs in the county, public relations and education, and innovation and creativity. The award application focused on changes and improvements that have been made to both HERC’s operation and appearance to increase the facility’s efficiency and to ensure the facility continues to be a valuable asset to the surrounding community. The application also focused on HERC’s role in the county’s solid waste management system, which emphasizes programs to prevent waste, recycle and compost. HERC is situated in a unique and highly visible urban location. With the construction of Target Field, new light rail, commuter rail and other mass transit projects, and residential and commercial redevelopment efforts, the neighborhood around the HERC has changed significantly since operations began more than 20 years ago. Hennepin County has implemented numerous improvements to control odors and improve the aesthetics of the facility. The county has also worked with community partners to ensure that HERC continues to be a good neighbor and an integral part of downtown redevelopment.
Books are special, no one wants to throw them away and recycling options can be hard to find. This Earth Day, some MRRA members are hosting Books for Earth, a free book collection event to provide a new life for your old books.
All books collected at the event will be reused or recycled into a new product by Better World Books, Books for Africa, and Thrifty Books. Book collection services are provided by the NetWork for Better Futures.
About the NetWork for Better Futures
The NetWork for Better Futures is a social enterprise dedicated to reducing the economic and social costs of high-risk adults, primarily African American men, with histories of incarceration, substance abuse, mental illness, chronic unemployment, and homelessness. This innovative endeavor is designed to respond immediately to participants’ most basic needs: safe, decent, affordable housing and a job. The NetWork was created and is being sponsored by a team of Minnesota’s leading healthcare, housing, workforce, community corrections, and human service practitioners. For more information, visit www.networkforbetterfutures.com.
Check out SWANA’s latest tech e-newsletter on waste-to-energy: