Clean City Classroom

When you become a Clean City Classroom educator, you can teach youth about the best ways to handle waste. We'll provide you lesson plans and materials at no cost.


The Clean City Classroom program provides free lesson plans to educate youth. From teachers, to day care providers, to after school programs, or families, anyone can use this program.

The curriculum covers a variety of waste topics from awareness to reduction, including:

  • Litter prevention
  • Managing waste in Minneapolis
  • Waste reduction
  • Recycling
  • Composting
  • Understanding plastics

Sign up to be a Clean City Classroom educator


Included resources

  • Detailed lesson plans
    • Overview document
    • PowerPoint presentations
    • Videos
  • Games
    • Bingo
    • Jeopardy
  • Coloring pages
  • Enrichment opportunities
    • Litter observation or litter clean up event
    • Make your own waste signage
    • Supplemental research projects

Grade levels

The lesson plans are able to be modified for the following grade levels:

  • K - 8

Request lessons and activities

Sign up online to join the Clean City Classroom program.

Supplemental resources and activities

Organize a neighborhood cleanup

The City will provide groups with bags and gloves to pick up litter.

Read about our Clean City programs

Start a recycling program

If you'd like to start a recycling program at your school, Hennepin County can help. The County offers grants to start or improve recycling or organics recycling programs. Eligible programs include

  • Recycling
  • Food-to-people
  • Food-to-animals
  • Organics recycling

Learn more about school recycling

Invite a recycling expert to visit your class

Recycling experts from the City and Hennepin County are available to visit your class. Presentation topics include

  • Recycling
  • Composting
  • Waste prevention

To learn more, contact the Recycling Coordinator

Tale a field trip

Contact us

Recycling Coordinator

Public Works - Solid Waste & Recycling





Eastside Maintenance Facility
2635 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday – Friday

This building is closed to the public.