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Hennepin County, Minn., Completes First Zero Waste Challenge

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One of the biggest takeaways from the challenge was that participants learned which waste products are compostable.

Hennepin County, Minn., launched a Zero Waste Challenge last September to find solutions for reducing waste and increasing recycling. As part of the challenge, the county followed 35 households for a year, tracking the items bought and waste created. One of the biggest takeaways from the challenge was that participants learned which waste products are compostable.

Now, 50 more households just began an eight-month challenge on September 11 to reduce waste and improve recycling efforts. Challenge participants received training from county staff and are required to attend waste reduction workshops. They are also required to track the waste that their households generate during the challenge.

WCCO has more:

Hennepin County is leading the nation when it comes to what some consider extreme recycling — it just wrapped up a “Zero Waste Challenge” pilot program for waste management.

Thirty-five homes took part in the year long program to drastically reduce waste through recycling, plastic-bagsing and other methods.

Being green comes naturally for Emily Green and her family — that’s why they decided to take part in Hennepin County’s Zero Waste Challenge.

Read the full story here.

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