Waste Reduction & Reuse Opportunities

Recycling Facts

Did you know it can cost around $70 per ton of trash to dispose of in a landfill, whereas recycling can earn around $3 per ton? It pays to recycle!

According to Recycle Across America, recycling is a $200 billion industry in the United States, that employs over 1.25 million Americans.

Fix and Repair

Dakota County offers free Fix-It Clinics for residents to bring household items to be fixed by trained volunteers who will troubleshoot and repair your items while teaching you valuable repair skills. Bring any manuals and specialty tools that might be needed, though it is not required.  For more information visit Dakota County’s Fix-It Clinic page.

Hennepin County and Ramsey County also offer Fix-it Clinics for residents.

iFixit: The Free Repair Manual offers over 25,000 online repair manuals for electronics and household items. If you enjoy learning and tinkering, this website is for you!

Reduce Wasted Food

Did you know that according to the Natural Resources Defense Council each American throws away about 25% of the food they buy? For a family of four that adds up to about $1,500 per year on wasted food.

The good news is that each of us has the power to stop the waste. By making simple changes to the way we shop, store and cook food, we can dramatically reduce the amount that ends up in the landfill.

Dakota County’s website has a plethora of information and has links to download meal planners, produce storage guides, and information on understanding the difference between “use by” and “sell by” dates.

SaveTheFood.com is a national campaign by the Ad Council that is spreading the word about the importance of reducing food waste. Their website offers great tips on food storage and cooking with food scraps, along with great tips and tricks. Use the “Guest-imator” to plug in number of guests and what type of menu you’re thinking about, and it will generate quantities of foods to make to limit leftovers and prevent waste.

Local Reuse Locations

Check out the list here!