Waste Reduction

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Looking for ways to reduce waste and help keep more junk out of landfills? Here are a few great ideas.

Choose to Reuse 

Watch for Choose to Reuse coupon books, which are usually available from August 1 through October 31 each year. The books are produced by Hennepin County, and they support local retailers that rent, repair, resell, consign and exchange used goods. You can find great deals on quality products while helping to protect the environment.

When the coupon books are available, you can pick them up at participating retail locations, Hennepin County Service Centers, Hennepin County libraries and at these city building locations:

  • City Hall
  • Municipal Service Center
  • Westwood Hills Nature Center
  • Rec Center

You can also get the free coupons (when they’re available) through the Chinook Book app for Apple or Android.

For more information, visit Hennepin County’s Choose to Reuse Program or call 612-348-3777.

Opt Out of Phone Books

If you don't use phone books anymore, you can opt out of phone book delivery by going to the Yellow Pages Opt-Out Site. It lets you stop deliveries with just a few clicks of a mouse. 

If you haven’t opted out yet and have unwanted phone books, place them in your recycling cart for collection. Contact Waste Management at 763.783.5423 for more information on how to recycle phone books. 

Wrapping Paper

St. Louis Park’s curbside recycling program does not accept wrapping paper. Most wrapping paper is not recyclable because manufacturers can’t use it to make new paper. This includes tissue, glittered/painted, foil and metallic papers. Use the gift wrapping ideas below to conserve paper and help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators.

  • Wrap with usable or reusable items: Scarves, handkerchiefs, bandanas, fabric scraps, reusable decorative bags, hand-sewn/purchased cloth bags, a cake pan, basket or box.
  • Reuse recyclable paper items: Old posters and maps, old sheet music, newspapers, craft paper (paper bags), advertisements from magazines and catalogs.
  • Use presents to wrap a present: A hat in a matching scarf, jewelry in a wooden box, cookies in a reusable tin/jar, barbecue grill utensils or picnic supplies in a tablecloth, kitchen gifts in towels or cloths.
  • Reuse wrapping paper: Reuse last year’s holiday paper, save wrapping paper and reuse it; wallpaper scraps also make excellent wrapping paper.