Every day, Minnesota public schools generate an estimated 500,000 pounds of waste — with nearly 80 percent of it recyclable or compostable. Recycling and composting waste from all schools makes sense – financially, environmentally and socially.
Starting or improving a recycling and composting program is a wonderful way to engage students in scientific inquiry, demonstrate the importance of a healthy environment, and educate about waste reduction and recycling.
The resources on this page will show you how to create an effective recycling and composting program, educate key stakeholders such as staff and parents, and save money in the process.
Apply for the Enhanced Recycling & Organics Program
Direct technical assistance, educational resources, and equipment/materials purchases are offered for free to K-12 schools, public or private, within Dakota County. In exchange, schools agree to work on recycling and organics collection implementation with the County and the school’s waste hauler, properly educate staff and students, provide data assessing the impact of the program, and maintain the program after assistance is completed.
Applications for the 2014-2015 school year are due March 28, 2014.
For more information, contact the schools coordinator at 952-891-7017.
Best Management Practices: Through its Enhance Schools Recycling & Organics Diversion Program, Dakota County has developed best practices for blending recycling and organics collection for composting into one streamlined program.
Container Set-up and Labeling Best Practices: Make recycling and composting appealing, while still sending a clear message.
Recycle More Toolkit: The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency developed the Recycle More Minnesota toolkit to help schools get a recycling program organized and operating successfully. The toolkit contains key steps, best practices and other resources to implement successful recycling programs. The toolkit highlights case studies of enhanced recycling programs in Dakota County school districts.
ISD 196 School Food Waste for Composting Report: Report identifies the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district’s steps to start a food waste program in 30 of their schools and administrative buildings.