Results from a first-of-its kind school waste composition study provide valuable insight on the best targets for reducing waste and improving recycling programs in schools.
The study was a collaboration of Hennepin County; the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA); the City of Minneapolis; and Minneapolis, Minnetonka and Hopkins public schools.
Significant findings from the report include:
• Nearly 80 percent of all the waste generated by a school could be recycled or composted.
• More than 60 percent of what is currently discarded as trash could be recycled or composted.
• Food waste and recyclable paper are two prominent materials thrown away by schools that could be recycled.