Zero-Waste Minneapolis

What is Zero Waste?

Zero waste means setting a new standard for how we as a society view and treat waste. The goal of zero waste programs is to reduce—and eventually eliminate—what we discard in landfills and incinerators.

Why is zero-waste important to Minneapolis?

The City of Minneapolis is widely recognized as a regional and national leader in waste reduction and recycling. We can still do more. Achieving zero waste not only helps us serve as better stewards of our environment, but also can grow our economy, and advance our work in environmental justice.


Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges initiated the development of a zero-waste plan in her 2015 State of the City address. In June 2015 the Minneapolis City Council established a goal to recycle and compost 50% of its citywide waste by 2020 and 80% by 2030. The resolution also called to achieve zero-percent growth in the City’s total waste stream from levels set in 2010. In 2015 the city of Minneapolis formed the Zero Waste team to develop a plan to meet those goals and set new ones. And now the city is has begun the drafting of a zero-waste plan.

The zero-waste team is comprised of staff from the Mayor’s Office, Council Member’s offices, the City Coordinator’s office; the Department of Public Works and the Department of Regulatory Services that a provides technical assistance through providing provide information, analysis, and recommendations to the policy work.

Draft Plan

The draft plan can downloaded here:

How can you be involved?

The City of Minneapolis is hosting a series of engagement session.  We hope to see you there. 

Sessions for Residents/Community

September 11th, 2017 at 6:00pm-8:00pm
The Minneapolis Urban League
2100 Plymouth Avenue North

September 14th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
hosted by Council Members Gordon and Warsame
Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave. South

September 18th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
hosted by Council Members Palmisano and Quincy
Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave. South

September 21st, 6:00pm-8:00pm.
Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street

Session for Haulers/Business Community

September 19th, 1:30pm-3:30pm
CR Currie Conf Ctr 135 PW (100)
1220 Currie Ave. North

Survey and Contact

If you can’t make those events, we still want to hear from you. Please let us know what you think by completing our survey.

For more information, contact Halston Sleets,


Last updated Sep 7, 2017



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