Conservation Minnesota

Spring 2013: Reducing Waste, Increasing Recycling

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Thousands of Minnesotans like you have told us that reducing waste and increasing the amount we recycle is a top priority.  This is clearly an important issue facing Minnesota and one that we can address now.  I want you to know that Conservation Minnesota is working hard this year to reduce waste and increase the amount we recycle.

Here’s how: 

  • We are leading the campaign to pass a Recycling Refund that would double the recycling rate for beverage containers.  Minnesota currently recycles just 35% of our bottles and cans.  Other Midwestern states with a Recycling Refund have rates over 85%.  This proven and simple tool makes each container worth 10 cents, increases recycling and reduces litter in our roadways and waterways at the same time.
  • We are working with the Pollution Control Agency to create collection plans for several problem materials, including carpet, paint, and batteries.  These product stewardship plans will require manufacturers to share in the financial responsibility for collecting and recycling products.  This creates an economic incentive for them to use recycled materials and to design future products to be less toxic and easier to recycle.

Today, you can make a big difference in just a couple of minutes.  Please send a message to your State Representative and State Senator, asking them to help increase recycling.  Follow the link here and send the pre-written letter, but feel free to add your own message as well.

Thanks so much for your help.  Together we can protect the Minnesota you love.

Sincerely,

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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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