Conservation Minnesota

CM Press Release: Winona students saving bottles and cans to promote recycling


May 1,  2012

Winona students saving bottles and cans to promote recycling

(Winona) – Winona Senior High School (WSHS) students drink and recycle thousands of beverage containers per week.  This coming week, those cans and bottles will become a great deal more valuable, thanks to a challenge put forth by Conservation Minnesota.

Conservation Minnesota has challenged the students from the WSHS Student Environmental Club to collect 10,000 cans over the course of this week.

For each of the first 10,000 cans and bottles collected, Conservation Minnesota will pay the club ten cents. The challenge is part of a public awareness campaign that seeks to help Minnesota improve its recycling rate through the implementation of a statewide beverage container deposit program.

While Minnesotans recycle only 35 percent of cans and bottles that they purchase each year, in states with bottle deposits, that number is consistently more than twice as high.

“The Recycling Refund is a simple and convenient way to promote recycling and raise money for organizations, such as the WSHS Student Environmental Club,” said Conservation Minnesota Executive Director Paul Austin.  “If lawmakers in St. Paul approve the Recycling Refund,Winona residents and families statewide could generate lots of money for their favorite charities.”

The weeklong drive will culminate with a formal event where representatives from the WSHS Student Environmental Club will reveal the results of their collection and a representative from Conservation Minnesota will be on hand to discuss the project and present them with payment for their efforts.

More information about the Recycling Refund can be found here:

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