Study finds Minneapolis seventh least wasteful city in nation

Minneapolis has conserved and saved for another feather in its cap, thanks to the results of a study that evaluated wasteful behaviors of those people living in the nations 25 largest cities. Minneapolis scored high in several categories in " The Nalgene Least Wasteful City Study" which surveyed the cities and ranked them on 23 wasteful or non-wasteful habits, from recycling, to using public transportation, to turning off the lights when leaving the room. Minneapolis came in seventh least wasteful in the nation.

The study surveyed a U.S. Census-based sample of approximately 150 respondents from each of the 25 largest cities in the U.S. on their sustainability efforts, shopping habits, transportation, waste/non-wasteful habits, and reuse of items.

 Facts about Minneapolis from this survey include:

• Minneapolis scored the second highest in the nation in borrowing books from the library.

• Minneapolis ranked third in buying second-hand items, including clothing, electronics, and furniture.

• Minneapolis was the fourth city in using reusable containers in place of disposable food storage containers (plastic bags, tin foil, etc.), and in saving leftover food.

The study revealed that 71 percent of residents are eco-conscious, 85 percent plan on being more environmentally conscious in the future and more than a third of the respondents think that the city is on the right track to becoming more environmentally responsible.

Minneapolis is considered one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the country, and the City has long been a leader in America’s Least Wasteful Cities" site.

April 1, 2009

Published Apr 1, 2009



Contact us

Email updates

Find a service

About this site

For employees

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats, contact 311.
People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000.
TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-637-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500. 


311 call center

TTY relay service

City of Minneapolis Facebook City of Minneapolis Twitter City of Minneapolis YouTube ChaNNEL Minneapolis 311 Minneapolis 14 Government TV City of Minneapolis LinkedIn

Minneapolis, City of Lakes logo