Anyone who brings plastic bottles or aluminum cans to this weekend’s Rochester Area Think Green Fair will raise 10 cents per container for RNeighbors. Conservation Minnesota Voter Center will make the donation to help RNeighbors tree planting program 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 RNeighbors,” said Conservation Minnesota Voter Center Executive Director Paul Austin. “If lawmakers in St. Paul approve the Recycling Refund, Rochester residents and families statewide could generate lots of money for their favorite charities.”
People with bottles and cans can drop off their containers at the Recycling Refund booth at the 2011 Think Green Fair in Rochester. The fair opens at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 16, at the Good Food Store on the corner of 6th Street and 11th Avenue NW.
“It’s a simple and convenient way to help RNeighbors, 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