Eden Prairie provides several recycling opportunities for residents this year, including one this month.
A spring recycling drop-off event takes place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 16, at the Eden Prairie Yard Waste Site, 9811 Flying Cloud Drive.
Drop off appliances, electronics, power equipment, and tires to be recycled by Certified Recycling. All items are paid for directly by the resident via cash or check only. Checks can be made out to Certified Recycling. Bicycles are accepted for free by Recovery Bike Shop.
A detailed price list is available. The city covers recycling fees up to the first $10 per household (no cash value).
Fire hydrant flushing in April
The Eden Prairie Utilities Division will perform a flushing and maintenance check on all city fire hydrants throughout April.
According to the city, this flushing process involves opening and exercising each hydrant, expelling any sediment accumulated in the pipes. The process occurs annually to maintain the water quality within the distribution system and ensure that each of the city’s 4,000 fire hydrants is in proper working order.
Motorists should use caution when driving in and around the tested sites. Call the city’s utility division at 952-949-8530 with any questions or concerns.
Manufacturing Career Fair April 12
The Eden Prairie Community Foundation and Chamber of Commerce will host a Manufacturing Career Fair from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Garden Room located inside City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road.
SouthWest Transit provides job seekers free transportation to the career fair via SW Prime from anywhere in its SW Prime service area. Many local manufacturers will be there looking to fill good-paying jobs. There will also be refreshments and prize drawings.
Mayor challenges residents to conserve water
Eden Prairie Mayor Ron Case is challenging residents to conserve water, energy and natural resources by participating in the mayor’s challenge for water conservation.
The city’s annual challenge is a friendly competition between cities to see who can be the most “water-wise.”
Throughout April, residents can pledge to take a series of simple water-saving actions at Mywaterpledge.com on behalf of Eden Prairie. Participants promise to follow a series of small conservation measures for their homes, yards and cars, such as washing only full loads of laundry, fixing leaky faucets and walking or biking short distances.
“Eden Prairie has participated in the annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation since its inception in 2012,” Case said. “By participating in the challenge, we demonstrate that our community is actively engaged in saving water, and recognize that water conservation and other sustainable practices are necessary to maintain the high quality of life we all enjoy in Eden Prairie.”
Participants can win $3,000 toward their home utility bills, home irrigation makeovers from Toro, Hobie gift cards and hundreds more eco-friendly prizes. Residents can also nominate a deserving charity in their community to receive a 2022 new-generation Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE.
The Wyland Foundation has introduced a new digital tool, My Volunteer Water Project, to give residents a way to do hands-on home, community and workplace projects year-round to support their communities’ sustainability efforts. The more projects residents do throughout the year, the better chance a city wins the mayor’s challenge in April.
The Wyland Foundation presents the 11th Annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation in association with Toyota, EPA WaterSense, The Toro Company, National League of Cities, Hobie Surf Shops and Petal.