Minnesota partnership brings free statewide recycling
The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) and Minnesota
Waste Wise (MWW) announced a new partnership between
RAM’s Message in a Bottle™ (MIB) away-from-home recycling
program and Waste Wise’s It’s in the Bag™ (IITB) plastic
bag recycling program which will be expanded to ten additional
communities throughout Minnesota beginning in October
2009. These programs currently work with vocational centers
in four areas throughout Minnesota to offer free recycling
services to local businesses and their customers.
“There is a great need to have easily accessible recycling
programs such as these when Minnesotans are on the go.
Message in a Bottle and It’s in the Bag fulfill this
need,” stated Ellen Telander, executive director of RAM.
“It is a value-added service for customers of local businesses,
it can save businesses money on waste disposal costs,
and it provides jobs for Minnesotans,” she added.
MIB and IITB have been largely successful at convenience
and grocery stores in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Mankato
and Hutchinson. RAM and Waste Wise attribute this success
to the eye-catching, pop bottle-shaped recycling containers
and clear bag recycling containers the programs used.
To date, MIB has recycled more than 500,000 pounds of
beverage containers and IITB has recycled more than 4.5
million pounds of plastic bags and shrink film.
The program expansion is possible due to a grant from
USDA Rural Development’s Solid Waste Management grant
program which will enable these programs to be set up
in 10 additional areas throughout Minnesota. “The beauty
of this program is that it becomes self-sustaining in
six to twelve months time,” said Telander.