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.
During the first phase of engagement from March to June 2017, Hennepin County leaders and staff gathered input from residents, businesses, cities, schools, haulers and other partners to identify the best solutions to encourage waste prevention, increase recycling and expand organics recycling to eliminate landfilling of waste, More than 1,500 participants provided feedback through meetings, one-on-one interviews and online surveys.
See the public engagement findings report (PDF) to learn about the key findings, which include:
- Residential recycling has improved, but more recycling options are needed
- Interest in organics recycling is high, but the concept is still new
- Barriers to organics recycling need to be addressed, and the benefits need to be better understood
- There is openness to residential organics recycling requirements but concerns about implementation
- Organics recycling requirement for business sectors that generate large amounts of food waste is not unexpected, and the suggested approach is sound
- Each sector is willing to do its part to expand organics recycling if it is broad effort
- The educational and financial resources the county provides to encourage recycling are helpful
- Advocate for policies that reduce waste and help enforce existing requirements
- More education is needed
Staff presented the key findings and proposals to require most cities to offer organics recycling service to residents by 2022 and businesses that generate large amounts of food waste to have organics recycling service by 2020 to the county board in July. See the Solid Waste Management Master Plan board briefing presentation (PDF) to learn more.
The county is now drafting the Solid Waste Management Master Plan that will include specific strategies to encourage waste prevention, increase recycling, and expand organics recycling. A draft will be available for review and comment this fall. The plan will then be updated and submitted to the county board for approval by the end of the year.
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).