In an effort to find solutions for reducing waste and increasing recycling, Hennepin County, Minn., launched a Zero Waste Challenge last September. As part of the challenge, the county followed 35 households for a year, tracking the items bought and waste created.
Now, 50 more households will begin an eight-month challenge on September 11 to reduce waste and improve recycling efforts. Challenge participants will receive training from county staff and be required to attend waste reduction workshops. They will also be required to track the waste that their households generate during the challenge.
Southwest Journal has more details:
About 50 households in Hennepin County will begin a challenge this month to reduce waste and create new habits around it.
The households will develop waste-reduction plans and commit to making lifestyle changes as part of their participation in the county’s second zero-waste challenge, which starts Sept. 11. Changes could range from starting organics recycling to developing new shopping habits.
The eight-month challenge comes as Hennepin County continues working toward the state-mandated goal of recycling 75 percent of waste by 2030. The county recycled about 51 percent of all waste in 2016.