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Join us in taking an in-depth look at the goods we buy and waste we create. Put into action practical solutions to recycle more, prevent waste, and practice more thoughtful consumption.
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Ever wonder how you create so much trash at home? Reducing waste is a great way to lower your impact on the environment and reduce the amount of stuff you have to deal with, but it can be hard to figure out what actions to take and how to fit them into your life.

The Hennepin County Zero Waste Challenge will help you identify the best solutions for your household and get resources and support to take those actions.

Remember that developing low-waste habits is a gradual process. Start by browsing the actions within each category, and select actions that make sense for you and your family. In this challenge, you can select up to five daily actions and five one-time actions.
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  • August 12 at 12:27 PM
    After the "VSCO girl" aesthetic become widespread and very popular, so did using reusable straws and/or water bottles.  From there, many sustainable options for common household and personal care products have made their way into many people's homes.  This includes but is not limited to: toothpaste tablets, bar shampoo/conditioner,...
  • August 12 at 12:21 PM
    Upkeep with our compost has been very easy, almost every day we add food scraps to the pile in our backyard.  It is not very official in that it does not have any walls, but the worms seem to love it!  One challenge that will present itself in the colder months is the lack of decomposition that will happen, but it will continue to thrive until...
  • June 29 at 1:08 PM
    I am more discerning on what I put in the garbage, what can be composted, what can be purchased without packaging, what I can give away and - most importantly - do I really need an item.  In the past three weeks I had one small bag of garbage.  The compost bin was full with compostables and the recycle bin was full as I cleaned out two closets.