Sign a Resolution: Reduce the Use of Throwaway Plastics

The omnipresence of plastic is harming our health, our environment and the planet. Beyond Plastics Greater Minnesota Area has developed resolutions to be presented to the City Councils in Mankato, North Mankato and St. Peter. The number of signatures entered in support of these resolutions will have an impact on how successful they are. Please read and the resolution unique to the city in which you live. Please share this information!

St. Peter

Mankato

North Mankato

 

 

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Fact Sheet

EPR Fact Sheet

Producer Responsibility – Reduce plastic and hold polluters accountable

 

What is EPR for Packaging?

It’s a program to hold producers responsible for the cost of managing packaging waste. At present, producers decide what to use for packaging and consumers must accept it and pay for it. EPR for Packaging puts costs back on producers, so they make different choices. The goal is to redesign packaging to make it safer and more recyclable and to reduce packaging altogether.

Why do we need it?

Plastic pollution is a crisis, and more recycling can’t fix it. 40% of the waste stream is packaging. Local governments are responsible for recycling and have little control over what they must manage.

Producers decide what to use for packaging and they have no incentive to reduce, to eliminate toxic chemicals, or to design with recyclability in mind. Packaging producers continue to develop ‘new’ packaging which is often more complex. To get to a circular economy, we must standardize packaging, make it less complex, and get toxic chemicals out.

What will it do?

  • Reduce the amount of packaging produced
  • Increase the recyclability of packaging
  • Increase reuse / refill options
  • Remove toxic chemicals in packaging
  • Increase post-consumer content in packaging
  • Reduce litter and reduce trash going to landfills
  • Create clear, consistent labeling
  • Reduce hard-to-recycle packaging

How does it work?

Brand owners pay a fee for the type and amount of packaging material they use. The fees are “eco-modulated” to incentivize reducing and redesigning packaging to make it more recyclable, compostable, or reusable.

Is this something new?

No, it’s already in use in the entire European Union and five Canadian provinces. Maine and Oregon passed EPR for Packaging bills in 2021.

How are fees used?

  • Offset local government recycling costs
  • Improve recycling infrastructure and education
  • Pilot reuse / refill programs

Increase* Reuse * Recycling * Recyclability * Recycled content

Decrease * Confusion * Contamination * Toxic chemicals

 

One Year of Plastic Film Recycling: KEYC & Free Press Articles

Ae you cuious about how many pounds of plastic film were collected in the first year of the plastic film recycling program in Mankato, North Mankato and Lake Crystal? Here are two stories that tell about it. The first is a video clip from KEYC. The second is from the Mankato Free Press. 

To view the video, click here.

To read the Free Press article, click here.