city of minneapolis zero waste plan: stakeholder engagement

The City of Minneapolis is widely recognized as a regional and national leader when it comes to waste reduction and recycling. Since citywide single-sort recycling collection began, the overall residential recycling rate climbed from 18 percent in 2011 to over 25 percent in 2015. City-wide residential organics collection also began its first phase of implementation in the fall of 2015, and as a result, 35.6 percent of the total residential waste generated last year was recycled or composted.

While this is great progress, more is needed in order to meet the City’s goals to recycle and compost 50 percent of citywide waste by 2020 and 80 percent by 2030. Mayor Betsy Hodges has called for Minneapolis to become a Zero Waste City, setting its sights on the eventual elimination of “waste” as we know it. Learn more »

To help achieve these aspirations, the City of Minneapolis is developing a Zero Waste Plan. We’ve partnered with the City to convene three stakeholder meetings that will allow community leaders, businesses, and interested organizations to share input, ideas, and help influence the City’s plan to eliminate waste. 


Tuesday, October 18, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Minneapolis Urban League
2100 Plymouth Avenue N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Sabathani Community Center
310 E 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55409

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Contact Meleah Houseknecht at 612-334-3388 ext. 8104 with comments or questions. You can also join the conversation on social media by using #zerowastempls

Per our contract with the City, Minnesota Statutes 13.04, and pursuant to our Privacy Policy, we will be providing the names and contact information for all individuals who participate in this zero waste stakeholder event to the City of Minneapolis. If you register for these events, your name and contact information will be disclosed to the City. If you have questions or concerns regarding this disclosure, please contact Meleah Houseknecht at 612-334-3388 ext. 8104 by Monday, October 31, 2016.


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