Hennepin County, Minn., had a recycling rate of 46 percent in 2015, which is pretty far behind its goal of achieving 75 percent by 2030. In order to boost its recycling efforts, the county had a study done to find out which items were making it into the trash bin instead of the recycling bin.
According to the study, food waste is Hennepin County’s biggest opportunity to divert more material from landfill. Additionally, recycling more paper and cardboard can help the county boost its recycling rates.
Southwest Journal has more details:
Food waste represents the biggest opportunity for Hennepin County to reduce trash and increase recycling, according to a study released last month.
County residents can also increase recycling by throwing away less paper and cardboard and more frequently utilizing drop-off sites for items that aren’t accepted in curbside recycling programs.
The study looked at trash from the Diamond Lake, Near North and Powderhorn neighborhoods during the week of May 8. It concluded that Hennepin County wouldn’t be able to reach the state-imposed goal of a 75-percent recycling rate by 2030. Achieving a 50- to 60-percent rate is more realistic, the study said, but will still be a challenge.