Carver County received the 2009 Governor’s Awards for waste and pollution prevention in its innovative organics collection and composting program, started in Chanhassen in 2007. Since then more than 750 tons of organics have been composted, saving $37,500 in landfill costs. Food scraps, nonrecyclable papers and yard waste are all collected in the same container and sent to compost. Carver County environmental services estimates one-third of the average single family’s trash is organics and can be composted with this kind of program.
Read more about the launch of three public campaigns to urge Minnesotans to do better than merely throwing stuff away.