Conservation Minnesota

CM Press Release: Minnetonka Students Saving Bottles and Cans to Promote Recycling

For Immediate Release:

April 10th, 2012

Minnetonka students saving bottles and cans to promote recycling

(Minnetonka) – Minnetonka high school students drink and recycle several thousands beverage containers per week.  Now those plastic bottles and aluminum cans are being put to even better use. Conservation Minnesota will donate 10 cents for each container to helpMinnetonka students promote their earth saving ideas and projects. The donation is part of a public awareness campaign for the Recycling Refund bill that is currently being proposed at the Minnesota Capitol.

In Minnetonka, with the help of the Earth Club the High School students have been challenged to bring in 10,000 containers by the end of this week.  The collection will conclude with a check presentation by Conservation Minnesota and an Earth Day concert on April 13th at 6pm hosted by the Minnetonka High School Earth Club.

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

Minnesota currently lags well 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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