David Herberholz

Recycling up since switch to one-sort


A greater percentage of Minneapolis’ household waste is being recycled rather than incinerated since the switch to one-sort recycling.

From July 2013 to July 2014, the first full year after one-sort went citywide, about 25 percent of waste was recycled while 75 percent was burned in the downtown Hennepin Energy Recovery Center, or HERC. The split was 18 percent recycled to 82 percent incinerated from June 2009 to June 2010, when Minneapolis residents still sorted their recycling into separate bags.


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