Grants awarded in 2019
Hennepin County recently awarded 11 grants totaling $179,100 to schools and school districts to reduce waste and expand recycling and organics recycling programs. Grant recipients include six public school districts, two charter schools, and three non-public schools.
Anoka Hennepin School District
$24,500 to start collecting organics recycling in the cafeteria along with paper towels in the restrooms at Champlin Park High School. Additionally, Champlin Park High School and Jackson Middle School will expand their recycling efforts in common areas. Jackson Middle School will also improve the organics recycling and recycling sorting system in their cafeteria.
Blake School (Hopkins)
$22,500 to expand recycling and organics collection programs by adding containers in the hallways and at events. They will also add recycling stations at their athletic facilities.
Breck School (Golden Valley)
$18,300 to add recycling stations to their ice arena.
Eagle Ridge Academy (Minnetonka)
$2,200 to start composting on-site and add recycling bins to newly remodeled areas of the school. They will also add a sharing table in the cafeteria to reduce food waste. The sharing table will include a refrigerator to store unwanted cartons of milk and other perishable items.
Eden Prairie High School
$500 to add refrigeration at their donation station in the cafeteria so that cartons of milk and other perishable items can be donated.
Hope Academy (Minneapolis)
$12,100 to start an organics recycling program. They will also install bottle filling stations to reduce waste from single-use plastic water bottles.
$29,200 to add outdoor recycling stations at Hassan Elementary, Rogers Elementary, Rogers Middle School, and Rogers High School.
Minneapolis Public Schools
$27,200 for the district’s Culinary & Wellness Department to pilot a tracking system to assist with food waste prevention at two schools. They will also start an organics recycling program at Anwatin Middle School and improve the organics recycling program at Edison High School by installing waste sorting stations in their cafeterias.
Osseo Area Schools
$10,700 to start an organics recycling program at Zanewood Community School in Brooklyn Park. The school will start collecting organics in the cafeteria and paper towels from the restrooms to be composted. They will also get condiment dispensers to reduce waste from individual condiment packets.
Partnership Academy (Richfield)
$15,000 to start an organics recycling program and expand the recycling program at their new building. Partnership Academy will set up on-site compost bins so the students can learn about composting first-hand. They will also get a set of reusable dishes and utensils for staff to reduce waste from disposable foodservice ware.
St. Anthony-New Brighton School District
$16,000 to expand recycling in common areas throughout Wilshire Park Elementary. They will get outdoor recycling stations for both the elementary and high school athletic fields. They are also replacing disposable foodservice ware with reusable cups and utensils in the school cafeterias.