News: Slash your trash – join the Zero Waste Challenge

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Carolyn Collopy, Energy and Environment, 612-596-0993

Maria Elena Baca, Communications, 612-348-7865

Slash your trash – join the Zero Waste Challenge

If you’ve wondered how you create so much trash at home, join Hennepin County's new Zero Waste Challenge to learn how to reduce waste and get hands-on help. Reducing waste is a great way to lower your impact on the environment and reduce the amount of stuff you have to deal with, but it can be hard to figure out what actions to take and how to fit them into your life. 

Hennepin County Environment and Energy is looking for 50 households to take a year-long look at the goods they buy and the waste they create to uncover opportunities and challenges that increase recycling and reduce waste

Learn more about the Zero Waste Challenge

With the assistance of staff and trained volunteers, participating households will identify low-waste lifestyle changes they would like to make and track and report the amount of recycling and trash generated in their homes weekly.

Participating households will:

  • Get customized coaching and hands-on help from staff and trained volunteers to make low-waste lifestyle changes
  • Have access to workshops and classes on a variety of waste reduction topics and get supplies and educational materials as needed
  • Track and report the amount of waste their household generates weekly for a year
  • Make their best attempt to take action to reduce the amount of waste they create

    The results and lessons learned will be used to develop future waste reduction programs. The program starts September 15, 2016, and ends September 15, 2017. For their efforts, participating households will receive a $350 stipend. 

    Sign up

    Complete the online application by August 26 at

    For information or to ask questions about the program, email or call 612-596-0993.   

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