Minneapolis’ Hennepin County Raises Recycling Rate to 43 Percent

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

April 30, 2013

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Minneapolis’ Hennepin County Raises Recycling Rate to 43 Percent

Minneapolis’ Hennepin County increased its recycling and composting rate to 43 percent in 2012, with a 3-percent improvement in curbside recycling programs compared with 2011.

The Minnesota county said in a news release the curbside recycling improvement came after it had declined for many years. The county added new materials for collection – plastic containers and paper cartons – as well as reduced sorting and provided larger carts. All county cities will have single-stream recycling by the end of the year.

The county also assisted with 10 percent of the multifamily housing units in the county to start or improve their recycling programs. In addition, about 70 percent of the public schools have organics recycling programs.

The county also is generally focused on expanding organics recycling and improving commercial recycling this year.

Last year Hennepin County set new recycling and composting goals of 48 percent by 2015 and 65 percent by 2030.

Photo courtesy of Charles Abbott


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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