Green Grades | Education Outreach


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.

For more information on our Green Grades program, contact Crystal McNally, Education and Marketing Director at 952.224.7108 or

Green Grades Tour Handbook

Poster Contest

Our 2021 Dem-Con Green Grades Recycling Poster Contest is now open! The contest runs through November 15, 2021 and submissions can be sent digitally to The winners will receive a $100 VISA gift card, their art professionally framed and their art displayed at our Education Center and in businesses around Scott County.

Click here for more details on the poster contest! | Poster Contest Release Form

Click HERE to view all the past winners for our annual poster contest. 

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 Bill Keegan at 952-224-7102.

    What happens to your recycling?

    Product Life Cycle: Cartons

    Product Life Cycle: Plastic

    Product Life Cycle: Metal

    Product Life Cycle: Glass

    Product Life Cycle: Fiber

    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 10 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