Conservation Minnesota

CM Press Release: Bring plastic bottles and cans to promote recycling, help Austin Coalition for Environmental Sustainability

(Austin, MN) Plastic bottles and aluminum cans are being put to good use in Austin.  Customers who bring their plastic or aluminum beverage containers to the Super Fresh Produce store in Austin will raise 10 cents per container for Austin Coalition for Environmental Sustainability (ACES).  Conservation Minnesota Voter Center will make the donation to help ACES and promote the Recycling Refund bill now being discussed at the Minnesota Capitol.

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

Cans and bottles are being accepted through April 30, 2011 at the Super Fresh Produce store at 2101 4th Street NW in Austin.  The collection will culminate at the Clean Up Austin Day at the City Pool parking lot where a check for the total amount of containers will be awarded to ACES.

“It’s a simple and convenient way to help ACES, and it’ll be even easier in the future,” Austin said, “the Recycling Refund would allow customers to return containers to retailers, reverse vending machines, or just leave them on their curb.”

Minnesota currently lags behind other states with recycling deposits, such as Iowa and Michigan, both of which recycle more than 90 percent of beverage containers.

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

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