Community Education Toolkit

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Many people do not know that almost 40 percent of what is thrown away can be recycled and some things we throw away can become hazardous to our environment. This toolkit will help you inspire, educate, and actively engage others to reduce trash and use less toxic products. It is designed for groups of any size, age, or composition. Whether you're organizing a group of volunteers, neighbors, or friends for a one time event, leading a class or small group meeting, or working with a team of people in your organization, school, or neighborhood, this toolkit contains useful information for you.

As you page through the toolkit, you will find background information, resources, and activities to help you educate on reducing and reusing, toxicity reduction, recycling, organics management, and how to green your events and office resources. You will also find a variety of helpful websites and county-specific resources.

This toolkit was developed by the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB). It is intended for any community group in the Twin Cities metro area wanting to educate others about the problems associated with producing too much trash and how to reduce, reuse and recycle. It is based on the successful environmental education program called Community POWER (Partners On Waste Education and Reduction), Hennepin County's Community Group Toolkit, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's fact sheets.

98 pages
Produced in 2012

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Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB)
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Waste Prevention
Source Reduction
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All Minnesota
98 pp.
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Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB)