Contact: Pam McCurdy, 651-757-2559
Saint Paul, Minn. — It's a hot and humid summer day and you take a refreshing sip of your drink. In the three seconds it took to take that sip, almost 140 plastic bottles were sold in Minnesota.
Plastic beverage bottles are among the most commonly used plastics. We can take those handy, ready-to-go plastic bottles just about anywhere: fairs, ball games or family events. We use them so much that 46 plastic bottles are sold in Minnesota every second. That's 2,760 every minute. According to the Container Recycling Institute, Minnesotans generate nearly 1.5 billion plastic bottles a year. Shockingly, 75 percent of those bottles are carelessly thrown away. We need to recycle more!
Stop by the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair and take a stroll through the visually stunning, 30-foot-long and 15-foot high tunnel of plastic bottles that comprises the new Bottle Buyology exhibit.
Recycling is good for the environment and the economy.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency estimates Minnesotans throw away 1.3 million tons of recyclable material (paper, bottles, cans, etc.) every year with a value of $312 million! It costs Minnesotans an additional $200 million to throw this material away. You can help put it back into our economy by recycling more.
Approximately 37,000 jobs in Minnesota are directly and indirectly supported by the recycling industry. On an annual basis, these jobs pay an estimated $1.96 billion in wages and add nearly $8.5 billion to Minnesota's economy.
Another way to save money and cut down on using plastics is to consider the tap. A water-refill station is new at this year's Eco Experience. Bring your reusable bottle and fill it with refreshing, filtered city water. You will avoid creating garbage and you don't have to worry about disposing of waste or recycling it later.
Learn more about other exciting exhibits on the Eco Experience page.
About the Eco Experience
A partnership between the Minnesota State Fair, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and more than 150 organizations and businesses across the state, the Eco Experience has become the second most popular exhibit at the fair. The Eco Experience is the largest environmental event of its kind, nationally, in the last two decades. Since 2006, almost 2.5 million visitors have attended the 25,000-square-foot exhibit to learn more about clean air and water, saving energy, climate change, recycling, healthy local food, transportation, green building and remodeling, and other ways to lead more eco-friendly lives. Look for more information on the Eco Experience website.