Conservation Minnesota

CM Press Release: Rochester Neighbors Do It Again!

(Rochester) – Rochester’s Neighborhood Resource Center (RNeighbors) earned $1,000 for the second year in a row for their annual May Tree Planting event.

RNeighbors asked the community to help them collect 10,000 cans and bottles at this weekend’s Healthy Green Living Expo at the Mayo Civic Center.  Hundreds of RNeighbors volunteers and community members pitched in with cans and bottles at the Think Green Fair and Spring Tree Planting.  For their efforts the Conservation Minnesota presented RNeighbors Executive Director Rene Jones Lafflam with a check for $1,000 at the conclusion of the Expo.

The project was created to bring attention to Minnesota Recycling Refund Act which is a bill currently being considered by the Minnesota Legislature.  The bill would place a 10-cent refund on all beverage containers in an effort to reward recycling.  In Michigan where a similar law is in place, the statewide recycling rate for their beverage cans and bottles is 97 percent.  Minnesota currently recycles around 35 percent.

“This weekend we had an amazing show of support from the community bringing in their cans and bottles that they have been saving up or walked around and found around their neighborhood.  We had help from countless citizens, Friends of Indian Heights and Parkside Neighborhood Association members, local Boy Scouts, Century High School, the Mayo Civic Center, and Rochester Park and Rec,” says Lafflam. “In the Litter Bit Better effort the plastic beverage container is the number 1 picked up item. This is 10,000 containers that will not be in our parks and waterways. The recycling refund drive that we conducted with Conservation Minnesota shows that people will put forth effort when given something they can actively participate in and rally behind.  Having a Recycling Refund in Minnesota could be a fantastic resource for organizations like ours.”

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Greetings to all at Conservation Minnesota,
We just wanted to thank you for selecting the Healthy Green Living Show as the venue for the March collection drive. What a great opportunity to let the community know about the recycling refund program and support the on going efforts of the RNeighbors organization. We are proud to have supported this drive and thank everyone involved. Hope we can do it again next year!
Emily & Lynn at the Healthy Green Living Show