The Twin Cities Free market is a resident to resident reuse program of Eureka Recycling. Eureka Recycling, based in the Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, is the only organization in Minnesota that specializes in zero waste. The organization's services, programs, and policy work present solutions to the social, environmental, economic and health problems caused by wasting. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Eureka Recycling's mission is to demonstrate that waste is preventable, not inevitable. By its efforts in programs, services, and advocacy, Eureka Recycling aspires to help individuals, organizations, and communities understand the significance of zero waste and to achieve their own zero-waste goals.
Perhaps most well-known for its $9 million annual recycling operations, Eureka Recycling has provided curbside and apartment recycling services, education, and advocacy since 2001. Eureka Recycling also has a wide range of other initiatives designed to prevent the needless wasting of our discards through reuse, recycling, composting, waste reduction, producer responsibility and more. These initiatives directly provide over 100 jobs and demonstrate the organization’s mission every day in the work these individuals do. Eureka Recycling is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.
The Free Market is an interactive internet-based program that allows people to easily list or search for free items they want to get or give away as an effort to reduce the amount of goods being thrown away.
The Free Market provides people with the opportunity to easily reuse items and reduce the amount of new things they buy. It also diverts materials that can be difficult to dispose of from the waste stream (e.g., appliances and electronics) and redirects those items to their highest and best use. Reuse is a large part of a comprehensive zero-waste strategy because reusing as much as possible helps to demonstrate that waste really is preventable, not inevitable!