Edina students have collected nearly 7,000 bottles and cans towards their goal of 15,000 for the Recycling Refund bottle drive to earn up to $1500. Conservation Minnesota Voter Center challenged the group to collect recyclables as part of a public awareness campaign for the Recycling Refund bill that is now being discussed at the Minnesota Capitol.
Edina high school students recycle more than 3,000 beverage containers per week. Edina High’s Project Earth Club will collect those through Friday, May 6, and receive a check from Conservation Minnesota Voter Center for 10 cents per container. Southview and Valley View Middle School students will also receive a check. At a similar event in Austin, the Austin Coalition for Environmental Sustainability (ACES) collected enough cans and bottles to make a pile 10’x10’ tall and earn $1,000. If the Recycling Refund bill passes the legislature this session, plastic, glass bottles and aluminum containers would be worth 10 cents statewide.
Anyone who brings plastic bottles or aluminum cans to Edina High School or Valley View Middle School at 6754 Valley View Road will earn 10 cents per container for the schools. The collection period ends at 4pm, May 6th when the containers will be counted and the checks will be awarded.
More information about the Recycling Refund can be found here: http://www.recyclingrefund.org