Online Zero Waste Challenge participants

Welcome Zero Waste Challenge participants!

About the challenge

The online Hennepin County Zero Waste Challenge is a 6 week exercise for you and your household to learn practical solutions to prevent waste and become more thoughtful consumers. Choose actions that fit your lifestyle and watch as the collective impact across the county builds. Throughout the challenge, you will receive updates and reminders to help keep you on track.

Get resources and support

Visit the Hennepin County Zero Waste Challenge website, powered by Ecochallenge, to create and manage your profile, get resources for taking action, commit to the actions you are going to take, track your actions and impact, and have discussions with others.

In addition to the Zero Waste Challenge website, this page includes helpful information to support you on your low-waste journey. This web page is just for Zero Waste Challenge participants, so it's not searchable. Be sure to bookmark this web page so you can access all of the helpful resources.

Why your actions matter

Why do your actions matter? Watch this short video to learn more about waste in the county and how our individual actions add up to big change.

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Spread the word and encourage others to join

Once you've signed up for the challenge and created your profile, it's time to encourage others to join!

Included here are some resources and ideas to help you reach out to your family and friends and motivate them to get involved.

Ways to spread the word

Some ways that you can help spread the word about the Zero Waste Challenge and encourage others to join:

  • Download and share our social media graphics, and use our sample social media posts.
  • Use #zerowastechallenge
  • Follow and reshare messages posted on the Hennepin County Environment and Energy social media channels: Hennepin Environment on Facebook and @hennepinenviro on Twitter
  • Use the sample newsletter article to share through organizations you are involved with
  • Invite people you know directly using the sample email message

Sample newsletter, email message, and social media posts

Download the sample newsletter article, email message, and social media posts (DOCX)

Social media graphics

What zero waste access will you take?

Use these graphics to raise awareness of all the different actions you can take in the Zero Waste Challenge to live a lower waste lifestyle:

Join the Zero Waste Challenge

Use these graphics to let others know you've signed up for the challenge and encourage them to join you.

Zero waste guide

Tips and tricks for a low-waste lifestyle

The zero waste guide includes information about many actions you can take to reduce waste.

The guide starts by focusing on getting as much waste out of your trash can through recycling, donation and proper disposal. The guide then digs into preventing waste in the first place. Tips for creating a low-waste and environmentally friendly lifestyle, worksheets for setting goals and conducting waste audits, recipes for making less waste products, and additional resources are also included.

You can either download the entire zero waste guide (PDF) or choose the sections of interest to you below.

Getting started: diverting waste

The first phase of becoming a zero-waste household is to take a look at what you're throwing away and get everything possible out of your trash can. That's why the first section provides details about diverting as much of your waste as possible to recycling, composting, organics recycling, donation and reselling goods, and properly disposing of hazardous wastes.

Reducing waste

The second step is to think about waste you could prevent in the first place, remembering that not creating waste in the first place is better than recycling it. This sections goes room by room, including the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, home office and garage as well as exploring the topics of kids, pets, travel, cleaning, remodeling and hosting gatherings.

Zero-waste lifestyle

The third section includes more advanced tips on creating a low-waste and environmentally friendly lifestyle that go beyond focusing on waste.

Worksheets

Recipes

References and additional resources

Educational resources and guiding documents

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