A fully producer-funded system to expand recycling for packaging and paper products, ensure accountability for single-use products, and promote reuse in Minnesota, which will build on the state’s existing recycling infrastructure while ensuring sustainable funding to offset the costs of collection, expand end-markets, and shift producers to more reusable and sustainable packaging.
Recycling rates have plateaued at around 40%. We have continued to see more and more packaging that is problematic for the recycling and composting systems. Many single-use disposable items can’t be recycled and residents and businesses need more options for reusable, recyclable, or compostable alternatives.
What’s the solution? Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging and paper products. EPR policies hold producers (mainly consumer brands) responsible for their products and packaging throughout the entire lifecycle – from product design all the way through to reuse, recycling, or safe disposal.
Our EPR system would build on Minnesota’s existing recycling infrastructure to increase recycling. And it would ensure sustainable funding to offset the cost of collection, expand end-markets, and shift producers to more reusable and sustainable packaging – without taxpayer funds.
– City of Minneapolis
– Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management