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Recycling ‘problem’

January 15, 2014

Minnesota apparently has a recycling “problem” — apparently we don’t recycle plastic bottles at the rate the Legislature thinks we should....

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Jan-16-14 12:47 PM

I understand the goal is to increase the rate of recycling in the state. Minnesota is well above the national average at 45% compared to 33% for those states who do not currently have a bottle deposit law. It would make more sense to me to work with the contracted haulers/recyclers to improve the numbers. Maybe people who recycle more should get a discount on their garbage bill. That way some of these great profits they are making can be shared with those who participate. Three of our neighbors don't recycle at all and it irks me they pay the same rate as I do when we try our best to recycle everything we can. Not sure how tough it might be to set up a scale system to weigh the can before & after so a discount could calculated. (no cement blocks allowed !!!) I'd certainly prefer to see something other than a deposit law enacted so people could get on board with a process that really is quite simple to employ in their households.

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Jan-16-14 9:07 AM

Avoice, selective reading problem? The Journal is opposed to the Democratic proposal because by recycling more plastic there is less for the garbage companies to haul, thus cutting into their profits.

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Jan-16-14 8:52 AM

Sorry, wrong story.

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Jan-16-14 8:52 AM

Are there really any long term jobs other than environmental clean up people? After it is built, it will bring oil to the coast to be shipped to China and South America.

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Jan-16-14 8:44 AM

Turbo75 - selective reading problem? This is not the Journal's proposal but from our Democrat controlled legislature,

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Jan-15-14 4:20 PM

I like The Journals idea of an economic stimulus package; more garbage! None of those road or bridge projects, we all know those are payback to the big union bosses for supporting the Dems.

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Jan-15-14 1:15 PM

I agree with MCW. "If something doesn't work let's throw some more money at it and see if that works--"seems to be the government's way of trying to fix a problem.

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Jan-15-14 12:44 PM

"Taking containers out of the trash stream could cut trash collectors profits" ARE YOU KIDDING ME! You think that the profit is justification? Shame on you!!!

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Jan-15-14 8:28 AM

So the requirement to recycle and the establishment paying for recycling pick up as a requirement (this would require some level of enforcement for a level playing field) . . . is that much different than the bottle tax? If they start seeing a negative in the books on what they are paying for bottles they will start recycling?

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Jan-15-14 8:08 AM

That seems to be the solution to everything that the govt views as a "problem" is to take control of it and "fix" it. The problem is usually the "fix" involves a tax. In this case the tax is called a "deposit". What's that they say about lipstick and a pig??

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Jan-15-14 2:45 AM

My family already recycles almost all of our glass, metal and plastic. The last thing that I want to do is pay 10 cents more per bottle and then have to haul it all to the grocery store just to get my money back. I pay a recycling fee on my taxes so that they come to my driveway and pick it up.

If you want to increase recycling, lets start by getting those huge bottle-shaped recycling containers at gas stations. Ask most restaurant and bar owners what they do with all their bottles. Most bars in New Ulm, if not all, throw away every single bottle because they would have to pay for an extra recycling pickup, and they are not required to recycle. I wonder how many bottles end up in the landfill in one week just from New Ulm establishments alone.

Certainly, we should be trying other options before adding fees to bottles and cans.

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