In 2013-2014, Macalester-Groveland Community Council worked to prevent the unnecessary disposal of reusable or repairable household items. They hosted three Fix It Clinics and a local college swap event reaching 230 residents total. Fix It Clinic attendees worked with volunteers to repair broken items, with a 50-70% success rate! Hundreds of pounds of waste were prevented at each Fix It Clinic. In addition, college students and community members donated or exchanged reusable items at an end of semester swap event.
In 2012-2013, residents reduced their waste through participation in the innovative Macalester-Groveland Organics Recycling Drop-off Site. MGCC offered four educational forums, a home visit program led by trained volunteers/staff, four information sessions, a discount bin sale, information tables at five neighborhood events, print and online educational resources, eight green events, and increased participation in our successful Organics Recycling Drop-off Site to 210 households.
In 2002, Macalester-Groveland Community Council wrote and published a comprehensive guide to waste reduction and disposal for Macalester-Groveland residents. The guide includes names of local businesses and organizations that provide services for waste reduction and recycling. The guide was distributed to 850 people at a series of waste reduction workshops, by placement in local stores, in welcome packets for new residents, at community events, and through advertising in local media. Three workshops attracted 41 residents to learn about topics such as Low Holiday Waste, Smart Shopping, and Reducing Toxins In the Home. 120 residents participated in a Pumpkin Drop, where 10 tons of pumpkins were diverted from the waste stream. The four workshops, the guide, and general information on waste reduction was posted four times in the Highland Villager (circulation of 50,000) and the MGCC newsletter (circulation 8,500).