Green Grades

2018 Dem-Con Companies and Scott County Environmental Services 2nd Annual Recycling Poster Contest

Any Scott County public, private, or home-schooled student in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Entries will be grouped into one of the following categories:

  • Elementary (Grades K-5)
  • Secondary (Grades 6-12)

Each winner will receive:

  • a framed copy of his or her poster,
  • and a $100 VISA gift card.

The two winning posters will be professionally printed and distributed to community and government buildings for display. Entries must be received by America Recycles Day, Thursday, November 15, 2018.

One winner from each category will be selected.

Recycling Poster Contest 2017

Scott County’s K-12 students were invited to participate in a poster contest to help spread awareness of the value of recycling. We had over 180 entries and selected one winner from Kindergarten-5th grade and one winner from 6th-12th grade. Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all of the students who participated!

Keira Mertz

Grade 5

Shakopee Area Catholic School

Makayla Cizek

Grade 9

Shakopee East Junior High School

About Green Grades

Dem-Con Green Grades was created with the goal of educating our future leaders on responsible waste processing and disposal. Community and environment define what we do and educating our children is essential.

We believe every student should have the opportunity to see how solid waste is managed.

Part 1:
Landfill, Construction, Demolition

Part 2:
Materials Recovery


Kindergarten-2nd Grade Unit Plan

  • 3 interactive lessons
  • Printable activities
  • Companion SMART Notebook file
  • Click here to download a sample.

    3rd-5th Grade Unit Plan

  • 3 interactive lessons
  • Printable activities
  • Companion SMART Notebook file
  • Click here to download a sample.

    6th Grade and Up Lesson Plan

  • 1 interactive lesson
  • Companion PowerPoint presentation
  • Click here to download a sample.

    For access to the full lesson plans and resources, free of charge, contact Jenny Potter at 952.224.7108.

    What happens to your recycling?

    Click and drag an item to the lighted platform and watch a video on how that item was made.

    About Green Grades

    The best way to learn about our Green Grades program is to come experience it for yourself.
    Click the button below to schedule a tour. Alternatively, you can call us at 952-445-5755 or send us a direct email at

    Tours must be scheduled ahead of time.
    Tour participants must be 8 years old or older.

    A typical tour at Dem-Con consists of:

    Can’t make it to our site? Contact us about our Mobile Education Center!

    The Mobile Education Center gives students the unique opportunity to still see first hand how recycling happens at the MRF if you can’t make it to Dem-Con. Contact us to learn more about the Mobile Education Center.

    Directions to Our Materials Recovery Site

    Our Materials Recovery Site is located right by our main offices. Once you turn onto Dem-Con Drive, you will find the Materials Recovery building on the left.

    If all spots at the Recovery Site are full, we have overflow parking available in front of our company offices.

    Materials Recovery Site

    13161 Dem-Con Drive
    Shakopee, MN 55379

    Main Offices

    13020 Dem-Con Drive
    Shakopee, MN 55379