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New law toughens requirements for recycling

May 28, 2014
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first major update of Minnesota's solid waste law in 25 years is aimed at improving a recycling rate that's been stuck around 46 percent.

A state law passed by the Legislature this spring will make recycling mandatory for most Twin Cities businesses.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports ( that more than half of companies in the seven-county metro area send their garbage to the dump rather than pulling out valuable materials like aluminum, cardboard, plastic and steel. That's based on a survey by the company Waste Management.

The law requires retailers, wholesalers, service companies and other industries in the metro area — with garbage bins of 4 cubic yards or more — to recycle at least three items.

A few industries are exempt because their waste needs special processing.


Information from: Star Tribune,



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