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Good decisions are based on knowledge. Our goal is to teach Olmsted County residents how to make the most of our resources through an understanding of how and why our Integrated Solid Waste Management System provides a proper place for waste. Effective waste education helps us all to become stewards of our environment.
Background on recycling (938 KB) in Olmsted County: Lesson plans and resources for teachers.
start a school recycling program (752 KB) or gain participation: A how-to guide and outside resources.
assess a school’s waste (1.01 MB) and other outside resources.
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Find out how the Olmsted Waste-to-Energy Facility uses renewable biomass fuel (garbage) to produce energy for 30+ buildings. Visits to the Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus, Hazardous Waste Facility, and Compost Site can be included for tours scheduled during normal business hours. Group tours typically take about an hour and must comply with the tour guidelines.