You’ll be blown away at the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair

St. Paul, Minn. — Look at your trash from a new perspective. Stop by the Eco Experience and learn a few behavior changes that can lead to less trash in our landfills and more resources for Minnesota companies.

Bagnado: Watch out for this (plastic film) disaster. You’ll be blown away by Bagnado, the 25-foot-tall plastic tornado. Learn how recycling plastic bags and film becomes Minnesota-made products. The Bagnado is just a small part of the 500 tons of plastic bags and packaging that Minnesotans discard EVERY day. That’s more than 12 pounds per second.

Choose to Reuse. Be sure to bring your smartphone for a quirky photo-op at our #IChooseToReuse selfie station. Post your photo to Instagram and tell us why you choose to reuse and you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card to Arc’s Value Village.

Pay it forward. Then see the lifecycle of recycled products and how Minnesota companies use these products in their manufacturing process to create #MNMade products. These businesses rely on recycled paper for making a variety of products such as insulation, ceiling tiles, cardboard, milk cartons, juice boxes, and even coffee. You’ll learn why recycling and composting is important and how it helps create local jobs. Yes, we can recycle more!

Find fertilizer on your cutting board. Fair-goers will also hear about dirt cheap, black gold. Learn how to enrich your soil by composting yard waste and kitchen scraps. Get to know the basics of backyard composting and how to build your own bin. Did you know that there are several curbside and dropsite organics collection programs available in Minnesota? Stop by to learn about where these programs are available and how they are different than backyard composting. Here, experts will be on hand to answer questions.

Too much junk? When it comes to reducing waste, we’re going retro. Step into a refurbished phone booth and get dialed in to some tips for reducing junk mail. Our e-waste exhibit shows how recycling old electronics prevents toxic materials from entering the environment and creates new products by recovering valuable resources like precious metals and copper.

Enter to win prizes. Master Mark Plastics (Paynesville, Minn.) manufactures Armadillo composite decking from plastic milk jugs, detergent and shampoo bottles, plastic film and wood that comes from recycling in Minnesota and Wisconsin. One lucky fair-goer will win $5,000 of free decking material. That would build a 16' by 16' deck! Guests can also enter to win pollinator-friendly seed pellets from Java Cycle.