Minneapolis, MN — Minnesota is doing well in its recycling and composting efforts, but is struggling both to reduce overall waste and limit the burning of trash, according to a new study from Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center. The State of Recycling in Minnesota highlights how structural challenges, the rise of plastic, the effects of failing to recycle, the impact of trash burning, and trends in the state’s recycling data.
Minneapolis, MN - America is in the midst of a clean energy revolution. Currently, wind and solar energy provide nearly 10 percent of our nation’s electricity and in 2018 America produced almost five times as much renewable electricity from the sun and the wind as in 2009. Renewables on the Rise documents the dramatic rise of clean energy over the past decade and looks toward a future that is 100 percent renewable.
Minneapolis, MN - Today, Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center released a new report, “What are Minnesotans Fixing?,” which analyzes data from the popular repair instruction website, iFixit.com. The report looks at what items people in Minnesota are trying to fix, and why that can be harder than it should be.
Minnesota's children need safe drinking water – especially at school where they go to learn and play each day. Unfortunately, lead is still contaminating drinking water at schools and pre-schools across the state. As our report shows, Minnesota is failing to make the grade when it comes to keeping lead out of drinking water at school. Instead of waiting for more testing, we need to proactively remove the lead pipes and plumbing at the root of this toxic hazard for our children.
Recycling rates in major cities throughout Minnesota reveal one of the better states in the nation in terms of waste management. Yet, there is still plenty of room for improvement. According to the most recent study, Minnesota’s statewide recycling rate of 43.6 percent eclipses the 2015 national average of 34.7 percent. Part of Minnesota’s success can be attributed to the creation of specific goals and strategies. By 2030, Minnesota plans to achieve a 75 percent recycling rate for counties in the Twin Cities Metro area and a 35 percent rate in Greater Minnesota by 2030.
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