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The City of Minneapolis Division of Solid Waste & Recycling has a new initiative called Clean City Classroom with a goal of empowering our next generation of community leaders to keep our City clean and safe.   We understand that the classroom is a powerful place to shape the citizens of tomorrow.  In order to provide educators with the means to empower students, the City will provide Keep America Beautiful’s Waste in Place activity kits to interested educators. 

Keep America Beautiful’s Waste in Place activity kits teach the fundamentals of litter prevention, waste prevention, recycling, composting, waste-to-energy, and landfills.  By understanding what happens to our waste and how to     prevent waste in the first place, students can build environmental knowledge, foster stewardship and take pride in keeping their community clean. 

 What is included in the Waste in Place Activity Kit? 

  • Forty-two activities used by thousands of educators nationwide on litter prevention, beautification and  community greening, managing waste, source reduction, recycling, composting, waste-to-energy and landfills. 

  • Lesson plans and activities designed for easy integration into art, drama, language arts, math, music, physical education, science and social studies classes.
  • Story books, games and story starter cards are provided in addition to supplement the activities.



 Early Childhood only  6 
 Early Childhood & Primary  5 
 Primary & Intermediate  18  
 Intermediate only  6  
 All (lessons that apply to all levels)   7 

Who can use Waste in Place?

Waste in Place curriculum is designed for three learning levels: Early Childhood (Pre K–2), Primary (3-4) and  Intermediate (5-6).  The lesson plans can be used in informal and formal education settings; in schools, parks, after school programs and are even great for adults and teacher trainings. 

 How can an educator request a Waste in Place Activity Kit?

To learn more about how you can get started with Waste in Place in your classroom or other educational setting, questions can be directed to City of Minneapolis Clean City Coordinator at 612-673-2789.  To learn more about Keep America Beautiful and Waste in Place, visit

What is expected of educators that receive Waste in Place Activity Kits provided by the City?

Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling wants to know what you thought about the Waste in Place activities.  In order for us to continue to provide these kits to educators, we need to know what worked for your students, what didn’t, and any recommendations you may have on how to improve the Waste in Place kit.  We would like you to help us improve the resources for future educators and may ask you to meet with us informally during the school year.

Supplemental resources for educators to help make Minneapolis cleaner, greener and safer:

  • Take a field trip!  Bring your students on a tour of a recycling, composting or waste to energy facility to see first hand how waste is managed.  Hennepin County offers environmental field trip transportation funding.  To learn more visit
  • Organize a neighborhood clean-up!   City of Minneapolis Clean City provide groups with litter and recycling    collection bags and gloves to pick up litter.  We will come pick up the full bags of litter and they will be properly disposed of after your clean-up.  To learn more about Clean City programs visit
  • Invite a recycling expert to visit your class! Hennepin County and City of Minneapolis recycling experts would love to visit your class and talk to students about recycling, composting, waste prevention, and more.  To learn more contact [email protected] or call 612-673-2917.
  • Ask about recycling programs!  Hennepin County can provide free technical assistance and grants to start improve recycling, food-to-people, food-to-animals and organics recycling for composting programs.  To learn more visit
  • Participate in a design contest! Students in classrooms where Clean City Classroom curriculum is taught are eligible to participate in the annual Solid Waste and Recycling artwork design contest.  The winning entrant will have their artwork placed in the City’s Solid Waste and Recycling services guide, and their classroom is eligible to have a City of Minneapolis recycling truck and recycling expert visit their school on America Recycles Day! To learn more visit 

Interested in participating in Clean City Classroom?
Click here to complete participation request form. 








Last updated Oct 2, 2018



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