I work with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and I am interested in connecting with employees from other park districts who are developing public recycling programs. The Minneapolis program was strong at the beginning of the 2000s, but it has declined since that time and is now struggling to improve. We have two major obstacles to engaged recycling practices right now- a lack of uniform employee recycling policies (it seems like all of our facilities are doing different things), and, even more challenging, educating the public and influencing their behavior when we have limited direct interaction with them.
If you are a park employee or have been involved with similar public space recycling efforts, I would love to hear from you and perhaps compare notes. It seems like there are not very many strong park recycling programs at this point, so I think it's important for different park organizations to share input and experience in order to make public park recycling a norm.
Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!
Renee Van Siclen
Waste Prevention and Recycling Coordinator
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board