Conservation Minnesota

Summer 2013 Newsletter: Improved Recycling

Thumbnail-PaulThis year, you are one of more than 20,000 Minnesotans helping guide our work by taking our issue survey and sharing your conservation priorities.  During the legislative session that ended in May, more than 10,500 postcards, emails and phone calls were delivered to legislators and Governor Dayton on your behalf, urging them to address your priorities.  They didn’t go unnoticed.

You helped us make common sense improvements to recycling in Minnesota.  Here’s how:

  • Beverage Containers – The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is required to convene stakeholders for a study to make recommendations to the Legislature for a Recycling Refund program that would achieve an 80% recycling rate.
  • Paint – Manufacturers are required to work with the state to design and implement a system to collect and recycle unused paint.

You helped make this possible.  I thank you for being such a big part of this important work.  Together, we can protect the Minnesota you love!



Paul Austin
Executive Director

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About Paul Austin

Paul Austin
Paul Austin has 23 years of public service as an elected leader, advocate and political strategist, Paul Austin brings a rare combination of skills and experience to his position as Executive Director. At age 25, Paul was elected Mayor of Clinton, Connecticut – the youngest in state history. Paul has served as Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota since 2004.
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