The Dakota County Historical Society will host a presentation called “Talking Trash: A History of Garbage and Recycling" on Friday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. This presentation is offered to the public free of charge. For more information, please visit the Dakota County Historical Society website.
Registration is required to receive the meeting room invite and passcode. While the event is offered free of charge, donations are encouraged to offset the financial hardships COVID-19 is having on historic sites while they were closed from March through June.
The presentation, “Trash Talking: A History of Garbage & Recycling Habits" will be conducted by Jenny Kedward and Kristi Otterson. They will explore how our trash has evolved as our culture and society have changed from an ancient society to the digital age. You will hear how we evolved from pits to dumps to industrial landfills and what work is being done to keep things out of the trash can. Attendees will understand the emotional and regulatory response to what we throw away.
Kedward is an environmental specialist with Dakota County and has been talking trash professionally for over a decade. Otterson has a heap of experience working in the waste field and other ventures. She has been at Dakota County as a waste regulator for more seven years and has managed transfer stations, landfills, and most recently, started coordinating the county household hazardous waste facility.