City of Saint Paul Recycle it Forward

Aug 5, 2013 - The cover letter informed residents of the option to call .... household race/ethnicity, and head of household age are based on ACS 5-year ..... Just over one-quarter of residents were aware of the recycling drop-off center at 309.
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City of Saint Paul Recycle it Forward A comprehensive assessment of recycling and waste management Prepared for the City of Saint Paul

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Prepared by: Cael Warren For more information about this study, please contact: Nicole MartinRogers Senior Research Manager 651-280-2682 / [email protected]

Cael Warren Research Associate 651-280-2066 / [email protected]

This report and more information available at: www.stpaul.gov/recycleitforward.

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Contents Introduction ......................................................................................................................... 1 Survey methods ................................................................................................................... 2 Participants .......................................................................................................................... 3 Resident survey participants ........................................................................................... 3 Key stakeholders ............................................................................................................. 7 Focus group participants ................................................................................................. 7 Findings............................................................................................................................... 9 Recycling and waste reduction ..................................................................................... 10 Barriers to recycling among recent Karen immigrants ................................................. 14 Recycling among Hmong homeowners ........................................................................ 17 Recycling among Somali residents living in multi-family housing.............................. 24 Recycling cart availability among Latino households .................................................. 25 Organics ........................................................................................................................ 32 Composting among Hmong homeowners ..................................................................... 34 Composting in multi-family housing ............................................................................ 33 Litter and bulky waste ................................................................................................... 41 Littering in recent immigrant communities .................................................................. 42 Littering in recent immigrant communities (continued) ............................................... 43 Trash collection ............................................................................................................. 50 Resident priorities in new services ............................................................................... 58 Issues to Consider ............................................................................................................. 61 Appendix ........................................................................................................................... 67 Residential Recycling Survey 2013 .............................................................................. 68 Recycling and Waste Management Key Informant Interviews .................................... 76 District Councils Focus Group ..................................................................................... 79 Somali Focus Group ..................................................................................................... 81 Hmong Homeowners Focus Group .............................................................................. 83 Latino Focus Group ...............................................................................................