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Hennepin County and its partner cities are sponsoring a series of community collection events this spring for county residents to safely and properly dispose of their unwanted garden and household hazardous wastes. Events will take place in Shorewood, Minnetonka and St. Louis Park.
Did you know that nearly 80 percent of school waste is recyclable or compostable? Hennepin County has free signs, stickers and technical assistance for schools looking to start or improve their recycling program.
KARE 11 is airing an 11-week series called the Great Green Challenge. Each week, they are tackling a different aspect of going green, such as recycling, reducing waste and buying green products. The segments are airing every Tuesday at 5 p.m. and will be posted to KARE 11's Great Green Challenge web page.
KARE 11 is encouraging other businesses and organization to join them on their journey to go green. At RethinkRecycling.com, the official media sponsor of the Great Green Challenge, businesses can take a pledge to recycle more, access resources to help them start or improve their recycling program, and request free assistance. Hennepin County has resources and assistance available for businesses at www.hennepin.us/businessrecycling.
Hennepin County and its cities need volunteers to study the flora and fauna in local wetlands. Volunteers receive training on wetland monitoring protocols, including plant and insect identification, and they wade through wetlands to collect and identify dragonflies, snails, cattails and more. For more information or to become a volunteer, contact Mary Karius at Mary.Karius@co.hennepin.mn.us or 612-596-9129 or visit the program website at www.hennepin.us/volunteer.
Through March, Residents who dispose of a mercury-containing item at a Hennepin County Drop-off Facility will receive a $5 Menards gift certificate from Covanta Energy as a thank you for helping to keep mercury out of the environment. Information about mercury-containing items accepted for this program and program instructions and guidelines are available at www.hennepin.us/recyclemercury.
Hennepin County is now holding Fix-It Clinics throughout the community. At these events, residents bring in an item that needs fixing and partner with a volunteer with repair skills. Fix-It Clinics reduce the amount of stuff that gets thrown in the trash, teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, and build community connections. Volunteer fixers are needed to make this initiative a success.
Articles on actions residents can take to protect water quality, including adopting a storm drain, earth-friendly lawn care tips, rain gardens and more.
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Free articles, factsheets, images, ad templates and more on a variety of waste reduction and recycling topics.
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