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Recycling in Minnesota

- Minnesota's 41 percent recycling rate has remained unchanged in the last 10 years even though the tonnage of recycled materials has increased. That's because the waste generated continues to grow and outpace recycling.

- A state campaign is underway to increase Minnesota's recycling rate to 50 percent by 2011.

- Minnesota throws away more than 1.3 million tons of recyclable material each year with an estimated value of $312 million dollars. It costs Minnesota $200 million to dispose of this material.

- Recycling in the U.S. is a $236-billion-a-year industry. More than 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises employ 1.1 million workers nationwide.

Source: Recycle MORE Minnesota campaign, a joint effort between the Minnesota Recycling Association and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. For more info: or call: 651-641-4589