A survey was recently conducted of North St. Paul residents to ask about recycling and garbage collection services. The response rate was much higher than anticipated with 1,422 responses or just over 40 percent. Thanks to all those citizens who took the time to complete the survey! The goal of the survey was to better understand the needs and interests of the community related to garbage, recycling, and possibly even food scraps at some time in the future. Some of the key highlights of the survey results include:♦ A majority of residents, 88 percent, said their trash and recycling service is “super” or “adequate, no complaints”.♦ When asked about obstacles to recycling more, the most frequent answer was “I’m doing the best I can, I can’t recycle more”. The second most frequent answer was “I run out of space in my recycling cart.” Several respondents commented that they put extra recyclables in the trash when they run out of room in their recycling cart.♦ 37 percent of residents stated “Yes” or “Maybe” to the question “Would you recycle more if collection were weekly instead of every other week?”♦ 33 percent of residents were willing to pay more for weekly recycling collection with a sliding scale of price options: $1 per month more; $2 per month more; or$3 per month more.♦ 41 percent of residents stated they would recycle their food scraps (e.g., banana peels, bones, unwanted food, etc.) if curbside collection were made available.♦ 62 percent of residents want to keep the unlimited bulky item collection service for items such as furniture, mattresses, appliances and electronics.
This project was completed by the City of North St. Paul and Ramsey County with funding provided by the Ramsey County Technical Assistance Program. The information will be helpful to the City as it decides how to improve collection standards for a new garbage and recycling contract.