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Recommendations report to the Legislature on increasing recycling of beverage containers

The Pollution Control Agency has submitted a report to the Legislature on increasing recycling of beverage containers (February 24, 2014).

Legislative report

Report

The final report to the Legislature includes a program design for a statewide recycling refund program for beverage containers, a cost-benefit analysis on the financial impacts of this program design, and public comments on the draft work. The public process for research and completing the report began in September 2013, and included two public forums for interested parties.

Legislative charge

  • HTML Content Laws 2013, chapter 114, article 3, section 3, subd. 5 External Link
    The commissioner shall prepare and submit a report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate and house of representatives committees and divisions with jurisdiction over the environment and natural resources by January 15, 2014, with recommendations for a statewide recycling refund program for beverage containers that achieves an 80 percent recycling rate. In preparing the report, the commissioner shall consult with stakeholders, including retailers, collectors, recyclers, local governments, and consumers on options to increase the current recycling rate. An assessment of the financial impact of any recommended program shall be included in the report. (Laws 2013, article 3, section 3, subd. 5; see lines 52.10 through 52.25)
 

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E-mail updates

Sign up to receive notices from MPCA on the Recommendations report on increasing recycling of beverage containers via GovDelivery. Users will be able to manage their subscription preferences and can make changes as needed.

 


Background

The public process for research and completing the report began in September 2013, and included two public forums for interested parties.

Draft study

Public comments on the draft study

The purpose of the January meeting was to allow for public comment and feedback on the work presented. To that end, comments on the draft cost-benefit analysis were accepted through January 22.

Background: Request for proposals for the cost-benefit analysis

An RFP was issued for a consultant to conduct cost-benefit analysis on the recommended program, as required by the bill.

  • HTML Content Request for proposals - Beverage container research (R3201-2000001915) [status: currently unavailable]
    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is requesting proposals to develop two required deliverables with guidance from MPCA staff:
    • First, an assessment of the financial impact of a recycling refund program in Minnesota with a draft report due on December 30, 2013. The MPCA must submit the final report to the legislature by January 15, 2014.
    • Second, an evaluation of Minnesota’s current recycling infrastructure and investment needs and to analyze Minnesota’s recycled materials, with a draft report due on May 30, 2014, and final report due June 30, 2014.
    Note: In order to view RFP materials and/or apply, applicants are required to have a SWIFT Vendor ID and Supplier Portal Account. Detailed registration directions are available on the SWIFT e-supplier portal. [MPCA PT RFP for Beverage Container Asses & MRF Inf - R3201-2000001915]


Draft program design

Public comments on the draft program design

MPCA accepted comments on the draft program design through November 4, 2013. The agency sought comments on specific provisions of the draft program design and how those provisions can be improved to promote ease of implementation and program efficiency, as well as data and research that will contribute to overall program functionality.

Data

Public meetings

September 2013

An open meeting was held on September 30 to review the draft program design and allow the public to provide input in a facilitated forum. Comments on the draft program design were accepted through November 4.

HTML Content Webcast of the Sept. 30 meeting External Link

January 2014

The second public meeting to review the updated draft program design and the corresponding draft cost-benefit analysis was held January 14 in St. Paul.

Communications

Interested parties can sign up to receive notices from MPCA on the Recommendations report on increasing recycling of beverage containers via GovDelivery. Users will be able to manage their subscription preferences and can make changes as needed.

E-mail updates

Sign up to receive notices from MPCA on the Recommendations report on increasing recycling of beverage containers via GovDelivery. Users will be able to manage their subscription preferences and can make changes as needed.

Related research

Minnesota Statewide Waste Characterization Study. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) retained a project team of Burns & McDonnell, Inc. (lead), MSW Consultants, and GRG Analysis, to conduct a statewide waste characterization study to assist the MPCA and local governments with their planning efforts associated with managing municipal solid waste. (2013)

Minnesota Curbside Recycling Survey. In 2012, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency conducted a survey to better understand how curbside recycling programs are structured statewide. City and county recycling coordinators were asked about residential curbside programs, seeking details on what is collected and how it is collected, with an emphasis on types of plastics. (2013)

Choosing Recycling Collection Methods study. Research into the comparative advantages of single- and dual-stream collection programs for recycling. The project included gathering information about the collection and processing methods of four major materials recovery facilities (MRF) in Minnesota, the quality of materials received at seven major recycling markets and its impacts, and the characteristics and benefits of select recycling equipment. (2006)

 

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