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The vast majority of waste produced at schools is recyclable or compostable. Hennepin County has helped numerous schools set up organics collection programs by providing technical assistance and resources.
Recycling organics in schools provides environmental, educational and financial benefits:
The following types of organics programs can be implemented in schools:
See the Best Practices Guide for Organics Recycling in Schools for answers to some frequently asked questions.
See the guidelines and tips for setting up an organics recycling program for more information on:
A school waste sort study, conducted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Hennepin County and City of Minneapolis, gives some key insights into waste generation at schools, including that nearly 80 percent of school waste could be recycled.
Schools can get funding to start an organics recycling program through the School Recycling Assistance Program.
Interested in learning more about the amount and type of waste produced at your schools by conducting a waste audit or waste sort?
Check out our How-to Guide for Conducting a Waste Sort for step-by-step instructions for conducting a waste sort, including how to organize and set up the sort, what equipment you will need, and how to collect data with sample data sheets.
Use the sample organics program brochure text to develop promotional materials for your program.
The posters and container labels can be used to set up your collection program and help ensure that materials are placed in the appropriate container.
Learn more about programs developed by school districts.
Approximately 90 schools in Hennepin County have an organics recycling program. The following is a list of schools and school districts that are recycling organic waste.
Public school districts
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