Recycling is a more than $8 billion industry in Minnesota with more than 200 companies and 37,000 related jobs. As impressive as that may sound, the fact is we are still recycling less than half of what is possible. The Recycling Refund is a proven strategy that can help.
Other mid-western states with Recycling Refunds, like Iowa and Michigan recycle more than 85% of their beverage containers. In Minnesota, we recycle just 35%. That is costing us both money and jobs.
The Recycling Refund is simple and convenient. It works so well because each bottle or can is worth 10 cents. Return it the next time you go to the grocery store, and you get ten cents back. Donate it to a local school or non-profit, and they raise money by recycling. Or, leave it in your curbside recycling, and the 10 cents helps support local city and county recycling programs. It’s your choice!
However you decide to participate, recyclables are kept out of landfills and can be put to use by companies who are anxious to get their hands on more glass, aluminum and plastic.
If you think the Recycling Refund is a good idea, let your legislators know and ask them to support this win-win proposition.