With recommendations in place and the grant program available, Amy was eager to get going on their recycling project and quickly completed a grant application. Within just a couple of weeks all of the recycling bins were delivered, equipped with color coded industry standard labels and placed beside all existing trash cans.
The results of this work have been wonderful. “The recycling bins get filled up quickly and our customers do a good job with it,” commented Alissa Cook who works as a teller at River Country Co-op. Amy also mentioned how quickly the recycling dumpsters are filling up stating, “We’re going to have to expand our recycling service to make sure things don’t blow away!” Aside from getting all of the cans and bottles into recycling streams by the gas pumps and store entrances, employees are also recycling a lot of paper since they added the recycling bin by the register. “We recycle tons of cigarette boxes now,” said Gabrielle Ford.
By getting all of these cans, bottles and other recyclables out of the trash, River Country Co-op will be recycling more than 5 tons more material than in previous years. Manager Amy Tamblyn is proud of these results and grateful for the Anoka County business recycling grant saying, “We wouldn’t have done this if we didn’t get the grant, so we’re happy we can be recycling without spending extra money.”