Dakota County is committed to community outreach to promote a healthy environment for current and future generations. There are many ways you can get involved.
The following funding programs are available to help start or maintain community-based environmental projects:
Community funding for cities and townships
Dakota County provides performance-based funding to cities and townships for waste reduction, reuse and recycling activities though a Community Funding program. Funds provided from the state are used to help the county and local governments accomplish state law requirements to develop and implement recycling programs. Dakota County works with community recycling coordinators on the annual funding program.
Funding for enhanced public school recycling
Dakota County’s School Recycling & Organics Program provides infrastructure support (such as recycling containers), labels, educational resources and technical on-site assistance, to schools to help them improve recycling and divert organics (e.g., food waste).
Through this program, organizations sell #ShredRight4Good bags that can be used to gather confidential information (e.g. tax returns, bills, medical records) that needs shredding. The filled bags are collected at an event organized by the organization where the bags and documents are shredded on site.
Plate to Garden
Plate to Garden is a fundraiser for any organization interested in selling compost to their friends, family and general public. The Minnesota Composting Council coordinates the delivery of compost, provides bags and equipment and helps promote the event. The fundraising organization selects a delivery location for the compost, mobilizes volunteers, promotesthe event and coordinates the return of borrowed supplies.