Welcome to the Great Hennepin County Recycle Half Challenge! Residents, businesses and organizations in the county only recycle 38 percent of the more than one million tons of waste we produce every year. That's enough garbage to fill Target Field 11 times!
We can do more - we can recycle half or more of all the waste we produce. Check out the links below to learn more about how you can reduce, reuse and recycle even more at home, work and play.
- Tips for Reducing Waste - 10 steps you can take to reduce waste, including getting your name off junk mail lists, avoiding excess packaging, greening your celebrations and using reusables.
- Reducing and recycling at your business - Implementing waste reduction and recycling programs can reduce your business's impact on the environment and shows customers that your business cares about the community.
- Recycling at home - Many recycling programs have started accepting additional recyclable materials. Learn what can be recycled curbside.
- Recycling at apartment buildings, condos and townhomes - Property owners and associations are required to provide residents with the opportunity to recycle. Resources and assistance are available for property owners and residents looking to become recycling advocates.
- Recycling at events - A lot of waste can be generated at events of any size. Free technical assistance, event recycling planning resources and signage are available.
- Drop-off facilities for household hazardous waste and recycling - Hennepin County has two year-round drop-off facilities where residents can get rid of recycling, electronics, appliances and household hazardous wastes.
- A to Z How-to-Get-Rid-of-It-Guide - Not sure how to get rid of something? Find recycling and disposal options for a wide variety of household items in our searchable, online guide.
- Organics recycling - In organics recycling programs, food waste and food-soiled paper products are recycled into valuable compost. Learn about organics recycling programs for residents, businesses and schools.
- Backyard composting - Learn how to recycle your food scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost that can be used in your garden or on your lawn.