Government Building Waste Audits

Dakota County | Apple Valley, MN | Completed: 2017

Government Building Waste Audits | DSCF2947

Dakota County collaborates with its incorporated communities to implement and optimize recycling programs and services. The County retained MSW Consultants to perform waste audits at 13 local government buildings to test current program effectiveness. MSW Consultants compiled service level data for refuse, recycling and organics collection programs at the 13 buildings, and deployed a waste audit team to weigh and sort materials in each stream. As a result of this study, MSW Consultants was able to estimate each facility's overall recycling rate, capture rates for targeted recyclables and organics, and the degree of contamination in the recycling and organics material streams. The County is using the results of this effort to further optimize and refine recycling programs within the participating buildings.