Hennepin County is developing its 2018 Solid Waste Management Master Plan to reach the goal of recycling 75 percent of waste by 2030. State statute requires metro counties to prepare master plans every six years that identify strategies to meet the recycling goals and objectives in the state’s Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Management Policy Plan.
Provide feedback on the draft master plan
A draft of the master plan is now available for review and comment through October 9.
Review the draft 2018 Hennepin County Solid Waste Management Master Plan (PDF).
Take our survey to provide your feedback on your level of support for the proposed strategies. The survey is intended for various stakeholders - including residents and representatives from businesses, cities, haulers and community groups.
Any comments in addition to the survey can be sent to email@example.com.
Staff will review the feedback and make revisions to the plan in October. It is anticipated that the plan will be submitted for board approval in November. The plan is due to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency by the end of the year.
Strategies included in the plan
The master plan includes the following strategies to help meet our goals of increasing recycling, preventing waste, and sending zero waste to landfills:
- Focus on organics recycling, which is the greatest opportunity to reduce our trash, by proposing requirements for cities and certain businesses, increasing local capacity to manage organics, and working to prevent food waste.
- Build momentum for waste prevention and reuse by better understanding consumption habits and promoting waste prevention actions.
- Continue to serve residents where they are, including with single-family and multifamily residences and at work, school and on-the-go.
- Expand drop-off disposal options for certain materials.
- Divert construction and demolition waste.
- Support the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's environmental justice policy, which aligns with the county's disparity reduction efforts.
The strategies were development based on feedback gathered during the first phase of engagement from March to June 2017. Input was gathered from more than 1,500 participants who are residents or represent businesses, cities, schools, haulers and other partners. See the public engagement findings report (PDF) to learn about the key findings.
The following supporting materials provide more context and in-depth information for the plan:
Recycling in Hennepin County
In 2015, 46 percent of waste generated in Hennepin County was diverted to recycling or organics recycling. The recycling rate in the county has increased steadily but slowly over the past few years. Recycling alone has increased 5 percent since 2010. However, significant changes in behavior and waste management methods will be needed to achieve our recycling goals.
2012 Hennepin County Solid Waste Management Master Plan
Read the current 2012 Hennepin County Solid Waste Management Master Plan (PDF).