Conservation Minnesota

CM Press Release: RNeighbors Challenges Community To Help Collect Beverage Containers To Promote Recycling And Beautify Rochester

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 22,  2012

RNeighbors Challenges Community To Help Collect Beverage Containers To Promote Recycling And Beautify Rochester

(Rochester) – Visitors to the Rochester Healthy Living Green Expo March 24-25 will have a chance to beautify Rochester by turning in any pop or water bottles they bring with them or purchase on site. All drinking containers recycled at the event will be collected, counted and a donation will be made to RNeighbors for their spring tree planting event on May 5.

For the second year in a row, the Conservation Minnesota Voter Center has offered a bounty of ten cents on the first 10,000 cans and bottles collected by RNeighbors, the Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center.

The challenge is part of an ongoing effort by Conservation Minnesota to garner support for legislation currently under consideration by the Legislature that would put a ten-cent deposit on all cans and bottles in an effort to encourage increased recycling.  Last year RNeighbors easily surpassed the 10,000 container challenge, and received the maximum check of $1,000.

“In Minnesota, we recycle only 35 percent of the beverage containers we purchase,” said Paul Austin, Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota. “If lawmakers were to enact this law, we would suddenly have a simple and convenient way to more than double our recycling rate and keep these containers out of our landfills.”

The promotion is an effort to raise awareness about the proposed legislation and spur participants to contact their legislators and further the conversation about the legislation.

More information about the Recycling Refund can be found here: http://www.recyclingrefund.org.




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