Recommendations report to the Legislature on increasing recycling of beverage containers
The Pollution Control Agency will submit a report to the Legislature on increasing recycling of beverage containers (January 2014).
- Session law: Chapter 114--H.F. No. 976 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. (Article 3, section 3, subd. 5)
Questions on stakeholder participation can be directed to Wayne Gjerde: 651-757-2392 or email@example.com
An RFP has been issued for a consultant to conduct cost-benefit analysis on recommended program, as required by the bill. The deadline for application is October 25, 2013 (02:00 PM CDT).
- Request for proposals - Beverage container research (R3201-2000001915) 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.
The agency's report to the Legislature is due January 15, 2014.
- Draft program design for a recycling refund program for beverage containers in Minnesota Draft program design for consideration and comment, consistent with the legislative charge to receive input from stakeholders as part of the development of a recommendation to achieve an 80 percent recycling rate for beverage containers using a "recycling refund."
Public comments on the draft program design
MPCA is accepting comments on the draft program design through November 4, 2013. The agency is specifically seeking the following:
- Comments on specific provisions of the draft program design and how those provisions can be improved to promote ease of implementation and program efficiency
- Data and research that will contribute to overall program functionality
Interested parties are encouraged to submit written comments for the record to Wayne Gjerde (firstname.lastname@example.org). All comments received will be made available on the website for public review.
- Californians Against Waste
- American Forest & Paper Association
- Carton Council
- City of Minneapolis
- Conservation Minnesota
- Eureka Recycling
- International Bottled Water Association
- Kwik Trip, Inc.
- Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Minnesota Agri-Growth Council
- Minnesota Retailers Association
- National Association for PET Container Resources
- Verallia North America
- Wine Institute
- Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
- Minnesota Solid Waste Administrators Association
- Recycling Association of Minnesota
- Redwood County
- Waste Management
- Republic Services of Minnesota
- Hospitality Minnesota (Minnesota Restaurant, Lodging, and Resort & Campground Associations)
- Minnesota Beer Wholesalers Association
- Minnesota Automatic Merchandising Council
- Minnesota Grocers Association
- Minnesota Beverage Association
- Glass Packaging Institute
- Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
- 2012 Report on postconsumer PET container recycling activity Submitted as part of NAPCOR's comments on the draft program design.
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 will be accepted through October 31.Webcast of the Sept. 30 meeting
- Presentation - Beverage container data for Minnesota (Gjerde)Background data framing the draft program design for increasing the recycling of beverage containers in Minnesota (Wayne Gjerde, MPCA)
- Presentation - Facilitated discussion on draft program designDiscussion questions for feedback on the draft program design for a recycling refund program for beverage containers in Minnesota
- Presentation - Recycling refund system draft program design (Sandhei)Overview of the draft program design for increasing recycling of beverage containers in Minnesota (Peder Sandhei, MPCA)
A second meeting to review updated program design and and cost-benefit analysis.
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.
- Resources posted to the MPCA web site Many resources have been added to the project web page.
- Reminder - Meeting on increasing recycling of beverage containers is Monday, Sept. 30 Registered attendees will have name tags at the security desk. Review options for parking, as public slots is limited. Live webcast is open to all, and will be available online for later viewing.
- Webcast option added for Sept. 30 meeting MPCA will offer a webcast option for this meeting, so interested parties can watch the live event or view the archive at a later point.
- Draft program design posted Draft program design for a recycling refund program for beverage containers in Minnesota.
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